31 May, 2021
Amber's journey to realising her calling started when her friend with cerebral palsy complimented her empathic approach to personal care. Through Macquarie Community College, she studied an Individual Support course and was offered a job during her work placement. Now, she works for three disability clients, and has ambitions to strike out on her own as a Disability Provider. “They’re kind, they want you to succeed, and they always show you pathways to further your career,” says Amber who was able to enrol in her course fee-free under the Smart & Skilled and JobTrainer initiatives.
7 May, 2021
Justine Ndayi is a multi-lingual, highly educated woman in a public facing role in the State Member's Office. She has come a very long way both geographically and academically in the last 25 years. She puts this down, in no small part, to Macquarie Community College and the Government-sponsored English language program offered to her as a new Australian immigrant. This is the remarkable story of Congolese refugee Justine Ndayi, who used education to revolutionise her life direction!
28 April, 2021
We had a fantastic Seniors Week event last week, with more than 100 Seniors attending 20 classes over 2 days. We had a great time learning new skills in Dancing, Korean Brush Painting, using Digital Devices, Dru Yoga, Meditation, Guitar, Drawing, playing Bridge, learning Spanish and French and more!
7 April, 2021
The 2020 Student Outcomes Survey is now out! We are especially pleased with the employment outcomes reported by our students. • 30.3% had an improved employment status after training • 34% were employed after training. Of these, 95.1 found the training relevant to their current job and 92.5% received at least one job-related benefit. • 91.9% were satisfied with the overall quality of their training
6 April, 2021
Macquarie Community College had the honour of hosting a visit from Michelle Rowland MP, Member for Greenway (Labor) at the newly opened Blacktown campus recently. Michelle has maintained a strong interest in the College over the years - especially given our community and student-centred approach to creating and providing inclusive, affordable training in a welcoming and respectful, supportive environment.
22 March, 2021
Harmony Day celebrations have been taking place across our College campuses, celebrating the beautiful diversity of our students and staff in our physical and virtual classrooms. Macquarie Community College has always been a place where we go above and beyond to create an environment where people from all walks of life feel welcome, supported and respected. So many of our students take the chance during Harmony Day to share their wonderfully rich stories about their culture, their country, their education and work experiences, their favourite music, books, their language – and of course their favourite foods! Learning more about each other’s cultures, lives and other ways of living is a key to building peace and harmony through understanding.
26 February, 2021
Yesterday we were honoured to host many distinguished guests at the official re-opening of our Blacktown Campus, as well as celebrating 70 years of continuous operations since our origins as the Eastwood Evening College. Auntie Julie Jones, a proud Dharug woman, started the event with a warm Welcome to Country, beautifully delivered in language. She was joined by Mayor of Blacktown, Councillor Tony Bleasdale, Mr Stephen Bali MP, Member for Blacktown, David Collins, Executive Director State Training Services NSW amongst others.
23 February, 2021
After 70 years of experience in providing highly successful support-based vocational education, our trainers have gained insight into how to deliver programs like JobTrainer/Skilling for Recovery in a way that revolutionises outcomes for adults facing barriers to learning. Our learner-centred approach diverges from the standard one-size-fits-all training model offered by other training organisations and features additional services tailored to the individual. Wraparound services for students include English language training and short workshops focussed on basic work skills.
25 January, 2021
Community Colleges were amongst the first to pioneer Special Assistances Schools in Australia, like Gateway Community High, an initiative of Macquarie Community College. Post school outcomes are important and encouraging. Graduates have aspirations to earn a degree. The majority are now engaged in work.
22 January, 2021
Macquarie Community College is thrilled to back in Blacktown, reopening its Blacktown Campus at 125 Main St. Having serviced the Blacktown and Mount Druitt area for more than 20 years, the College has made a difference to tens of thousands of learners in the Western Sydney region providing quality courses and community connections to individuals that face barriers to participation in training or employment. The College will be offering a range of subsidised and fee-free courses under Smart and Skilled and the JobTrainer/Skilling for Recovery programs to eligible students.