A new agreement between Curtin University and TAFE will provide more pathways for students in the Kalgoorlie-Goldfields region wanting to study at the tertiary level.
The recent amalgamation of TAFE WA regional colleges into North Regional TAFE, Central Regional TAFE and South Regional TAFE led Curtin to consolidate what were previously separate TAFE agreements.
The new agreement means university pathways that were previously only available to metropolitan TAFE students will now be available to students enrolled at Central Regional TAFE, which includes the Kalgoorlie-Goldfields region.
Curtin University Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Terry said the agreement would offer new opportunities for TAFE students living in the Kalgoorlie-Goldfields region to pursue further studies at Curtin.
“This is a great collaboration between Curtin and TAFE because it will make tertiary education at Curtin more accessible for TAFE students in the Kalgoorlie-Goldfields region,” Professor Terry said.
“Under this agreement, Central Regional TAFE is able to provide its students pathways into a selection of Curtin courses, including mining, science and engineering, commerce, education and nursing. This includes the courses that are now available at the Kalgoorlie campus.”
Central Regional TAFE Managing Director Bill Swetman said TAFE was very excited to formalise, via the articulation agreement, the pathway opportunities into bachelor courses at Curtin University.
“This in turn strengthens the educational precinct created in Kalgoorlie, which includes Eastern Goldfields College, Curtin WA School of Mines and Central Regional TAFE,” Mr Swetman said.
“It is our priority to ensure a highly skilled workforce for the future, and by providing students with vocational outcomes via these articulation programs we can address the outward migration of students from the region.
“In particular, we envisage the articulation agreement supporting the growth of our resources sector training, and we are working actively with Curtin to develop pathway programs.
“We look forward to continuing to work closely with Curtin University in further developing the education and training opportunities available in the Goldfields and ensuring a skilled workforce for local industry.”
Under the agreement, students who complete specified TAFE Award programs and who demonstrate Curtin’s English language proficiency will be eligible to study at Curtin University. Credit for Recognised Learning may be available for some programs.