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The Village Project – Young Mums program changing lives

The Village is a program that offers a fully funded certificate II in Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways to young mum’s and women who are struggling to find a way to reconnect with their education. Participants have dropped out of school to have children, or may be experiencing issues with their mental health and home life. It is an educational space for young women to socially engage, set goals for the future and complete a Certificate II. The Village provides young women with the opportunity to engage with future educational and employment pathways.
The Village currently runs at Raymond Terrace, Kurri Kurri and Cessnock, and will be expanding throughout 2017. The Certificate also provides for hands on hospitality experience and participants at Raymond Terrace manage the Raymond Terrace Library Café every Tuesday.

The Village is much more than a Certificate II in Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways. It is opportunity being created, it is goals becoming tangible, and it is a safe space for young women to share stories, support each other and see their potential. If these young women have a dream, the Village will be the stepping stone to a new reality. Through support, consistency and education the Village has the ability to transforms lives and strengthen the fabric of our community. Women who desire education have the power to become fierce agents of change. Women who can teach their children that there is dignity in perseverance, strength in overcoming challenges, and hope in education.

The program will enable young women to create opportunities for their future. It provides a foundation on which they can grow, begin to change their lives, and create a better future for their children. It will seek to break generational cycles of unemployment by empowering mums to show their children the importance of education and creating goals.

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Alesco Senior College is coming to the Great Lakes Area

Alesco Senior College is a secondary school, set within an adult learning environment, which encourages young people to participate in education and training that leads to a sustainable future.

Alesco Senior College is primarily a Senior Secondary College offering students the opportunity to complete their Higher School Certificate in a supportive environment which focuses on offering programs to meet their individual learning needs. Alesco Senior College also offers a small Year 10 preparation program for selected students who are ready to work in an environment that offers individual support, personalised planning and a pathway into Vocational Training.
Graduates of Alesco Senior College will most likely move onto further vocational training or sustainable employment. Some of our students who have an identified and targeted
vocational pathway may pursue a future in tertiary education or University.

Alesco Senior College places emphasis on the strengths in provision of services to students. These include;
● We offer a small school environment,
● The creation of a safe, supported environment,
● Staff work with students on a basis of empowerment, rather than a model of power and control,
● That access through education allows the inclusion of other support mechanisms.

The Alesco Senior College also firmly believes in the following key principles of our school:-
● The student is the centre of the education plan, and all plans revolve around the needs of the student educationally, emotionally and socially,
● That there is rigour in the educational program provided,
● Students have the opportunity to experience an adult learning environment and undertake a Board of Studies based curriculum.

For more information on the school please call the office on 02 65549215 or visit the website for Alesco

WEA Hunter and Coast appoints a new Chairperson

Well-respected local Newcastle business manager Martin Coates has been appointed Chairman of WEA Hunter/Coast.

Mr Coates has been on the board of the quality education provider for the past nine years and part of the board executive team for the past four years. He has extensive experience in business and project management and in a career spanning more than 30 years has held senior positions in the telecommunications and local government sectors. Mr Coates is currently Regional Director of Defence Housing Australia and has an MBA from the University of Newcastle.

WEA General Manager, Ms Rowan Radvan, welcomed Mr Coates to the role. ‘Martin will be instrumental in helping the 100-year-old organisation through its next development stage,’ Ms Radvan said.
'In the changing educational landscape WEA Hunter and WEA Coast are well positioned to provide a unique, accessible and affordable alternative. Under Martin’s leadership we plan to ensure WEA can provide quality education and training opportunities for our communities,' Ms Radvan said.

Mr Coates paid tribute to the immediate past chairperson, Meg McNaughton, who served four years in the role. 'Her significant contribution to the organisation’s growth, particularly through the recent major industry reforms within the training and education sector, has been outstanding,' Mr Coates said.

WEA Hunter/Coast is the 5th largest provider of community based adult learning in NSW. It is also one of the sector’s most diverse education providers offering government contract training, vocational education training and youth education.


WEA Coast is excited to announce that we have been approved to provide VET FEE-HELP assistance for our Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses!

WEA has a long history of providing training opportunities for our community, so why not consider undertaking your qualification with us? Send us an email to let us know what you’d like to study, on Or give our friendly team a call!

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FTCC Transforms into WEA Coast

From July 1 this year the range of educational services provided by Forster Tuncurry Community College will continue as part of the Workers Educational Association – Hunter (WEA Hunter). Forster Tuncurry Community College commenced in 1984 and is proud of its achievements over the past 30 years. ‘The College has been growing in the number of courses and is in a sound financial position, so it may come as a surprise to the community that we are taking this course of action,’ President of FTCC Dennis Buxton said.

The decision has been in response to the NSW Department of Education and Community ‘Smart and Skilled’ reforms which commence from 1 January 2015. ‘This is a major reform of the education system and represents significant challenges for many Registered Training Organisations, particularly smaller organisations such as ourselves’ Mr Buxton said. 'The committee and management of FTCC have recognised these challenges early and made the proactive decision to consider an alliance. WEA Hunter is a large RTO with the infrastructure and resources to be able to successfully navigate and meet the challenges of the ‘Smart and Skilled’ reforms. WEA Hunter has been operating for over 100 years in the Newcastle area,' he added.

The College remains in the same location, with the same staff and tutors and similar courses will be on offer. The biggest difference will be that the opportunities for our area have just increased to a position of strength, high quality and diversification.