Rodney Wangman, CEO of Albury Wodonga Community College, has received an OAM – Medal in the Order of Australia (General Division) – “for service to local government, and to the community of Albury Wodonga.”
Rodney Wangman has been the CEO of Albury Wodonga Community College – which operates both in Victoria and New South Wales – since 2001, where he has developed the innovative 2Cool4School program. He is also a long-serving member of Wodonga (VIC) City Council (2005-2016), including four years as Mayor.
Rodney Wangman was quoted in today’s The Border Mail newspaper:
“No one person acts alone and in those community aspirations I have advocated, I feel privileged to have been working alongside people who put service before self and thus it is very much an honour respectful of a team effort. Whether my family, past council colleagues or the many staff, directors and acquaintances; each has played important roles.”
Community Colleges Australia (CCA) CEO, Dr Don Perlgut said: “CCA warmly congratulates Rodney Wangman on his well-deserved OAM. In addition to his outstanding local government service, Rodney’s commitment to Australia’s adult and community education sector – in Victoria, in New South Wales and nationally – places him as one of our sector’s most outstanding advocates and leaders.”
Albury Wodonga Community College holds a unique position, operating across two states and as one of the largest adult education centres in non-metropolitan Australia. The college caters for 6,000 people each year through its programs, including:
- innovative responses to the needs of early school leavers and young people;
- acclaimed delivery of adult literacy and foundation skills courses;
- long commitment to providing programs and services and supporting access for people with a disability;
- running two independent secondary schools (one in Victoria and one in New South Wales) for students in years 9 through 12; and
- many years of providing training and other services to unemployed young people.