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Student of the Year Award Winner 2017
CCA Annual Conference July 2017

Experience the Community College difference

Community Colleges Australia Conference Dinner and Prize-Giving 19 October 2016

Kate Ellis MP video message at CCA Conference 20 October2016

CCA Dinner Guest Speaker Phil Umbridge from Texas

In this video, shot at the Community Colleges Australia (CCA) Gala Dinner at Dockside Darling Harbour in Sydney on 19 October 2016, guest speaker Phil Umbridge from Texas speaks. He is introduced by CCA CEO Don Perlgut.

Leveraging Economic Development Through VET Presentation by Dr Don Perlgut

This illustrated presentation examines how VET can promote and leverage Australian regional and rural economic development and community capacity. What can VET do? With VET participation rates more than 50% higher outside cities, Australian regional providers have developed innovative and sustainable approaches. Read especially pages 12 (“Regional and Rural VET Challenges’) and 13 (“Principles for Innovative Rural and Regional VET Programs”). It was used in three “roundtable” discussions at the TAFE Directors Australia conference in Adelaide on 7 September 2017.

The Role of Community Education in Australian Regional and Rural Economic Development research paper by Dr Don Perlgut

This detailed research report finds that not-for-profit community-based VET providers can play a disproportionate role in rural and regional Australia, educating more than 10% of VET students in New South Wales and 20% in Victoria. The report examines the role of community providers in regional and rural Australia, including examples of ‘bottom-up’ innovative community-based approaches. It presents the concept that community providers can be “passing gear” vehicles, accelerating new ideas through innovation and helping regions to prosper.

The Northern Rivers Lifestylepreneur Movement: Connectivity facilitating the rise of entrepreneurialism in Australia’s Northern Rivers region Report by Bernard Salt, KPMG for the National Broadband Network (NBN)

This illustrated report uses Australian Bureau of Statistics data to examine business growth in regional Australia. This report – one of a series undertaken for NBN – show that there are increasing numbers of local “start-ups” (1-4 employees) in the Northern Rivers area (the location of CCA’s first economic development forum), in part due to the region’s increased connectivity through access to fast broadband. Bernard Salt is a demographer, newspaper columnist and acclaimed commentator about the economic, social and cultural changes occurring in Australia.

Australia Wide, February 25 2017 (forward to 21:35). ABC News

A northern Victorian town’s unique attempt to stem the flow of young people to the cities.

Mallee Regional Skills Demand Profile Report by the Victorian Skills Commissioner.

The Mallee Regional Skills Demand Profile is an outcome of the Regional Skills Taskforce – Mallee Region.  Comprising prominent Mallee business leaders, the Taskforce was established in May 2017 and chaired by the Victorian Skills Commissioner, Mr Neil Coulson. The Taskforce aimed to better understand local skills shortages, where local investment is being made, existing and future workforce training needs, and what skills will be required for local Mallee students, jobseekers and the workforce more broadly.

Greening TVET Report on UNESCO-UNEVOC Greening TVET and ESD programme

Technological and societal developments and growing concerns about climate change, environmental degradation and scarcity of resources are changing the nature of work. These developments demand that TVET develop skills and provide knowledge to ease transitions to green economies and societies.

The Kangaroo Island Economic Development Outlook. Report by Office of the Commissioner for Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island is the third largest Island in Australia and one of the top four tourism destinations in this country that boasts unspoiled nature, immersive natural experiences, purity and quality of food and wine and sustainable development.

Kangaroo Island is in the midst of economic transition, with more than $171 million of proposed and announced projects planned for the Island over the next 3-5 years and an estimated 300 new jobs connected to this growth. There are ‘knock on’ growth and expansion opportunities for current businesses on the Island across many industries. This period of high economic activity is positioning Kangaroo Island as an ideal place to invest or expand. The variety of industries active on the Island paired with KI’s pristine environment could give rise to a wealth of research, innovation and education opportunities.

Selected Presentations from CCA's 2017 Conference

The Hon Karen Andrews MP, Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills
Conference Opening

Senator the Hon Doug Cameron, Shadow Minister for Skills and Apprenticeships
Opening Address

Susan Pascoe AM, Commissioner, Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission
Governance in the Community Sector: the ACNC View

Professor Peter Noonan, Professor of Tertiary Education, Mitchell Institute, Victoria University
The Current and Future Landscape for Tertiary Education Funding

The Hon Michael Lavarch AO, Commissioner, Australian Skills and Quality Authority (ASQA)
ASQA's Activities, Priorities and Plans for the Future

Lynn Glover, CEO (Director), Victorian Registration and Qualification Authority (VRQA)
VRQA's Patterns in VET and School Registration

Professor Rodney Maddock, Monash Business School, Monash University
Rethinking the Role of VET

Professor Erica Smith, Federation University Australia
Australian VET: Quality Teaching, Quality Teachers

Emma Dawson, Per Capita
Infrastructure Funding - Report from the Survey of Community Colleges

Dr Laurie Chesley, Grand Rapids Community College, USA, and Dr Robera Teahen, Ferris State University, USA
Education and Regional Development: a View from American Community Colleges

Sarah Davies, CEO, Philanthropy Australia
The What and How of Philanthropy - an Overview of Australian Philanthropy Today

David Pearson, The Don Dunstan Foundation, University of Adelaide
New Models and Community Engagement - How to make your Organisation Stand Out

Selected presentations from CCA's 2016 Conference

Megan Lilly, Head of Workforce Development, Australian Industry Group
The Secret of My Success: Meeting Employers’ Productivity Needs: Lessons for the Community Education Sector

Professor John Buchanan, University of Sydney
How to Train your Dragon: Vocations: the link between post-compulsory education and the labour market

Mana Forbes, Maori Elder, Hamilton, New Zealand
Learning for purpose and learning how to learn: The Tai Wananga Story

Bronwyn Lee, Director – Development and External Relations, Foundation for Young Australians
The New Work Order – skills and experience for jobs of the future

Leo Gregorc, VET Development Centre
Modern Times: Innovative eTeaching – Using Webagogy to pioneer community education

Lucas Ryan, Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD)
Trends in not-for-profit governance

2016 CCA Conference Reading List

CCA has developed an extensive “Conference pre-reading list” to accompany its 2016 Annual Conference.  Included are books, reports, blog posts, article, infographics, videos and audio podcasts.  You can access this “pre-reading/viewing/listening list” here.

CCA 2016 Conference 2016: Opening Address by The Hon John Barilaro MP

Part 1

CCA 2016 Conference 2016: Opening Address by The Hon John Barilaro MP

Part 2

Interview with The Hon John Barilaro MP, NSW Minister for Skills, about NSW community colleges, 19 October 2016. Interviewer: Ted Nabung, CEO of Hornsby Ku-Ring-Gai Community College (audio, 12.24 mins)

Case Studies of Successful Community Education Initiatives

Get Set - Enhancing Rural Women's Lives: Riverina College (Wagga Wagga) empowers rural women, funded by Aussie Farmers Foundation.

Stir it Up and Keep Moving! Kiama Community College (KCC) teamed up with a number of mental and community
health service providers to provide inclusive training in fitness and hospitality.

Susan's Story: A comprehensive and resourced Disability Support strategy makes a difference at Tamworth Community College.

Too Cool for School: A strength-based approach to help youth at risk from Albury Wodonga Community College.

Whole College Approach: Tamworth Community College takes a proactive stance to helping students with support needs.

Incremental Steps: Murwillumbah Community College’s unique disability program.

FA Aged Care: Tomaree Community College’s aged care training at Limeburners Creek.

Aspiring to a Caring Career: Sydney Community College combats social exclusion.

Welcome to the Family: St George and Sutherland Community College offers a lifeline to recent migrants.

Unspoken TAE: The Deaf Society of NSW runs training and assessment courses in Auslan and LLN.

SW Support Group: Nepean Community College promotes healthy food choices.

Skilled & Styled: Kiama Community College connects with the local Indigenous community to build confidence, self-awareness and communication skills.

Let the Journey Begin: ACE Community Collges (Lismore) runs an award-winning Aboriginal learners drivers course.