Community Colleges Australia (CCA) was launched in 2007 in Canberra and was established as the peak body for not-for-profit community-owned learning organisations across Australia. As long-established learning organisations located in metropolitan, regional and rural locations, community education providers are strategically placed to focus on individual learners and enhance student welfare. Community-based providers are committed to both employment outcomes as well as personal development of our learners.
While CCA as an industry association is a relatively new entity, our members have been providing flexible and dynamic learning opportunities to individuals, groups and businesses for a very long time – in some instances more than 100 years.
The community education sector delivers accredited vocational education and training (VET) to hundreds of thousands of people each year, from pre-vocational through to Advanced Diploma courses across a diverse range of skill requirements and industry areas.
As well as operating in the vocational sphere, CCA members also offer a range of learning opportunities, including non-accredited training, lifestyle and lifelong and cultural learning courses – education for which they are historically well-known. These educational activities help build self esteem, re-engage ‘missing’ learners and provide social networks for older or vulnerable people.
Community providers offer an understanding of the learning and training needs of individuals, community groups and businesses. CCA members recognise that the result of encouraging and increasing individuals’ training needs can be more vibrant and cohesive communities.
Australia’s not-for-profit education providers deliver practical and relevant education and training from a position that is embedded in knowledge of their communities, within supportive learning environments. Any financial surpluses from their not-for-profit activities are reinvested back into the communities that they serve.