Higher education campus launched in Sale

Wellington Shire Councillor Carolyn Crossley, Beyond Bank Sale branch manager Trudi Brown, GELLEN chair Howard Williams, GELLEN executive officer Pam Waters, TAFE Gippsland interim chief executive Linda Austin and TAFE Gippsland chair Darren McCubbin outside the Study Hub - Sale door. Photos: Tom Parry

A new higher education satellite hub has been launched in Sale.

Known officially as Study Hub – Sale, the facility is being hosted by Gippsland TAFE at its Flexible Learning Centre (FLC) campus on Desailly Street, with the support of local stakeholders.

Its stakeholders include Federation University, Wellington Shire, Beyond Bank and the Gippsland East Local Learning & Employment Network (GELLEN).

GELLEN executive officer Pam Waters said the availability of local learning spaces for students studying higher education was critically important for their learning journey.

“Having a place to study away from home and work contributes to successful course completion outcomes,” Ms Waters said.

She added that the Hub “will meet the needs of the local students, allowing them to reduce travel time and costs while enjoying excellent educational facilities”.

The launch of Study Hub – Sale took place last Thursday, with speeches provided by TAFE Gippsland interim chief executive Linda Austin and GELLEN chair Howard Williams.

Also in attendance was Jonathan Williams, who will undertake the role of Learning Skills Advisor at the Hub.

Mr Williams described the venue as a fantastic resource.

“I grew up in East Gippsland, and … I know how difficult it can be for a lot of students to actually attend university, physically, when they’re located so far away from the university,” Mr Williams said.

“Having a resource available for them physically where they can come and have a more campus-like experience … I think would make a big difference in helping bridge that gap for students who are from a more isolated and rural community.”

Study Hub – Sale is the second such facility to be located in East Gippsland, with the first having opened in Bairnsdale in 2020.

The venue will be open to students enrolled at any Australian university or TAFE, 24 hours a day.

More information can be found at www.gestudyhub.org