RMIT University and South West TAFE have appointed a new Learning Coordinator to help students achieve their education goals through a special learning project based in Hamilton.
With a background in teaching, local resident Judith Pekin will assist students in overcoming learning barriers and help those returning to study as part of the Co-operative Learning and Business Incubator (ClaBI) project.
She says it is important to provide regional students with local training opportunities as they are more isolated than their city counterparts.
’’It might be that students are returning to study after many years, or that they are not yet comfortable with technology,“ she says.
’’We want to make sure they stay on track with their education goals and are able to overcome any barriers they may face, such as online learning difficulties, reading, writing and numeracy difficulties and managing personal circumstances.“
Ms Pekin will be spending time at both the Hammond and Ballarat Rd campuses, making sure she is available to help students studying Community Services, Children’s Services, Logistics and Small Business Management through the ClaBI project.
The ClaBI project is funded by the Victorian Government through the Regional Partnership Facilitation Fund, which has been established to raise the level of higher education participation and attainment in regional Victoria.
Currently there are significant differences in participation and attainment between regional and metropolitan areas, although both rates are increasing.
The two-year project aims to establish a local learning incubator, develop and deepen long-lasting educational partnerships, boost qualifications and increase youth attainment levels in the region.
The project is being managed by a consortium of partners, with RMIT the lead agency. Other partners are South West TAFE, Southern Grampians Shire and the Glenelg and Southern Grampians Local Learning and Employment Network.
To find out more about CLaBI programs contact email@example.com or phone (03) 5572 0500.
Media note: A high-resolution photo of Judith Pekin is available.