Message from the CEO: Make 2021 your year of learning
Photo: John Alexander MP (centre) visits Gateway Community High, a new 'alternative' High School in Carlingford and an initiative of Macquarie Community College. Also pictured, Gateway Community High Principal, Roger Ashcroft and Theresa Collignon, CEO.
After the challenges and changes that 2020 brought into our lives I think we will all be glad to welcome in 2021 and make a fresh start in the new year. We think that 2021 should be your year of learning. Start a new career, upskill or take up a new hobby. View our latest catalogue and see where 2021 will take you!
One thing that 2020 proved to us is that we can all do things we thought impossible when we take an open-minded approach to changing the way we usually do things – like listening to the experts,
trusting each other and really valuing what we can achieve when working together to protect and build our communities.
Fee-Free* Nationally Accredited Training
There has never been a more affordable time to build your skills and qualifications. Macquarie Community College is a proud partner with the NSW Government in the Skilling for Recovery program.
In the words of our NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian:
“It doesn’t matter if you are a school leaver or looking for a new career path, I encourage everyone impacted by the pandemic to see what training options are available to them.”
As part of its economic response to COVID-19, the Australian Government is subsidising free or lowfee training courses across the nation through its $1 billion JobTrainer Fund to provide approximately
320,000 additional training places in areas of identified skills need such as health, aged and disability care, IT and trades for job seekers and young people, including school leavers.
The NSW Government has committed $320 million to delivering 100,000 fee-free training places across the state. As an approved provider, Macquarie Community College has training places & funding available.
As part of the Skilling for Recovery program, you may be eligible for Fee-Free* Nationally Accredited Training in business, computing, aged care, disability, child care or English. For more information, to check your eligibility or to enrol, visit www.macquarie.nsw.edu.au/skilling-for-recovery or call 1300 845 888.
*eligibility criteria apply.
Jobtrainer saves the day for Carolyn
When Carolyn was stood down in March by her airline, she knew she had to take charge of her career and re-skill in another area.
She noticed that one of the most in-demand jobs were roles in aged care and disability care. Carolyn enrolled at the perfect time and was able to take advantage of fee-free* training under the NSW Government's Skilling for Recovery program through the Australian Government's JobTrainer Fund,
potentially saving her thousands of dollars!
Read more about Carolyn’s story at blog.macquarie.nsw.edu.au/skilling-for-recovery-job-trainer
Everything old is new again!
When you reach the milestone of 70 years of continuous operations it is great that we can draw on
our decades of experience to re-invent some great things we have done before - and move them into
Firstly, Macquarie Community College is re-opening in Blacktown in 2021! We are very excited to be
opening another MCC campus at 125 Main Street. The College is well known and loved in Blacktown
after having been located there for almost 20 years until mid-2017. Check our class timetable for
details on our courses in Blacktown.
Secondly, part of our Carlingford campus which started its life as a School in 1886 - will again be used
for that, but in our new and unique Gateway Community High, an independent “alternative” high
school for 30 students in Years 9 and 10.
Flexible Covid-safe learning options
We are very proud of our staff and students, who have navigated the shift to social distancing, hand
sanitizer, QR codes and…the great flexibility of learning in the comfort of their own home via Zoom.
In 2021 we will still be working within our Covid-safe plans to look after the health and safety of our
communities – and we will offer a mix of face to face, Zoom plus workshops and Zoom only classes.
View our Term 1, 2021 catalogue.