Community College East Gippsland closes

COMMUNITY College East Gippsland has entered voluntary administration and closed after an audit by the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority.

The college was ordered by the VRQA not to accept new enrollment while the review took place.

Monday’s decision to go into voluntary administration put nearly 40 people out of work, with the closure leaving more than 100 enrolled students uncertain about the future of their education.

The board of CCEG recently became aware of a number of financial, compliance and regulatory issues which significantly affected its continuing financial viability.

Community College Gippsland moved to stop any confusion that it was part of the Bairnsdale-based Community College East Gippsland.

Community College Gippsland chief executive Paul Wilson said CCEG was a separate, independent education and training provider and is not connected to, or anyway part of, CCG.

Mr Wilson said because the colleges had similar sounding names, there had been some confusion among students and members of the community that the colleges maybe connected.

“For this reason we are clearly stating that CCG is not part of Community College East Gippsland which is a separate not-for-profit provider,” he said.

“There has been co-operation between the two independent community colleges in the past and in 2012 CCG is assisting CCEG in delivery of a hairdressing program at Bairnsdale.”

CCG is the largest community college this side of Melbourne providing vocational education and adult training. CCG operates campuses at Sale (formerly ACES), Pakenham, Warragul, Traralgon, Morwell, and Leongatha as well as the McMillan campus at Warragul and Gippsland Harness Training Centre.

CCG has itself recently undergone an external audit undertaken by Protiviti on behalf of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. That audit examined CCG’s business processes and transactional compliance and it found that no corrective actions were required by CCG.

Meanwhile, Advance TAFE has responded promptly to the news that Community College East Gippsland is entering voluntary administration by announcing it stands ready to support students currently enrolled through CCEG to complete their qualifications locally.

Advance TAFE has been requested by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development to assist the administrators by developing a transition plan to offer students currently enrolled with CCEG the opportunity to transfer their enrollment to Advance TAFE, where Advance TAFE offers the same or similar qualifications.

´╗┐For more read Friday’s Gippsland Times.