A NEW online gateway that promotes the Fraser Coast’s education opportunities from preschool to university has been welcomed by University of Southern Queensland.
USQ Vice-Chancellor Professor Jan Thomas congratulated the Fraser Coast Education Alliance on launching its new website titled Study Fraser Coast today, Tuesday December 16.
“This exciting initiative means local, national and international people can easily access detailed information about the Fraser Coast’s education opportunities online,” Professor Thomas said.
“It will be of particular interest to international exchange students and also gives study tour operators the opportunity to better prepare their programs to suit their clientele.”
The Fraser Coast Education Alliance is an education network involving the Fraser Coast Regional Council, state and independent schools, TAFE East Coast and USQ.
USQ Fraser Coast Executive Manager Brett Langabeer has been working closely with other local industry professionals and training providers within the Fraser Coast Education Alliance to create the new website.
“People are attracted to this region for its liveability and lifestyle but that doesn’t mean they need to compromise on quality educational experiences,” Mr Langabeer said.
“With this new online education gateway, anyone looking to relocate to the Fraser Coast will have easy access to information about education opportunities available in this region from preschool to university.
“Fraser Coast has all the fundamentals to become an education destination of choice.”
Mayor Gerard O’Connell said the advent Study Fraser Coast was a great example of regional collaboration.
“Education is at the very heart of making sure we’ve got good economic development and community development,” Mr O’Connell said.
“If you can train and educate your people, you can do a lot to arrest the flow of people, particularly young people, from this area, and you also provide employers and businesses with well-skilled staff.
“We’re seeing the Fraser Coast’s education opportunities continuing to improve in all sectors from preschool to university.
“USQ having a really strong campus in Hervey Bay, and now a presence in Maryborough, is not only a great tribute to the University but also to our region as it continues to mature.”
The website can be viewed at www.frasercoastopportunities.com.au/study
Photo: Fraser Coast Education Alliance representatives (front l-r) Simon Boss-Walker, Brett Langabeer and Bradley Nardi, and (back l-r) Gerard O’Connell, Adam Hughes and Robert Garland launch Study Fraser Coast.