Western College is a not-for-profit, community college that has been serving the educational and training needs of the western region of NSW for more than half a century.
Based in Dubbo, Western College has evolved – and continues to evolve – to meet the needs of business and community members in their pursuit of innovative short courses, continuing education and training.
Our point of difference is our approach, our reason for existing and our
The breadth of our training and education includes everything from personal interest courses to accredited vocational training, from individual units to full nationally endorsed qualifications up to Diploma level. We now also offer a
When it comes to education, a ‘one size fits all’ approach just doesn't cut it – and at Western College, we don’t just cut the corners to fit, we make sure our training meets the needs both the participants and of the community of which we’re a part. As a small training provider, we have the benefit of flexibility and the ability to adapt our programs while still offering a breadth of training options and the assurance of quality, national standard training. Our experienced and qualified trainers are hand-picked to ensure not only quality delivery but a personalised and relevant approach to the individual learner and to the organisations and businesses seeking to develop a practically skilled workforce. It’s this individualised approach that has earned Western College a number of prestigious accolades, including being named NSW Small Training Provider of the Year.
Western College is proud to be acknowledged as a state-wide leader in training service provision – a reflection of our philosophy of being small enough to provide relevant and flexible education options for the community, but big enough to ensure choice and quality training services for participants and the business community. Western College is all about helping people in our community to reach their potential – and to develop a greater understanding of all the opportunities that are available to them, and how they can use their potential to help contribute to a healthy economy and a strong community.
The History of Western College
|The First 50 Years: 1948 to 1998
The College commenced operation in 1948 under the leadership of the Principal of Dubbo High School. It commenced as a community outreach programme offered in the evenings for mature age people who had left school without their Leaving Certificate.
On the 2nd March
In 1988, the College began to offer specialised courses for Aboriginal people and appointed a
Literacy courses became a feature of the College in 1991 and a
From 1992, grants under various schemes such as
In 1994, the College achieved registration with NSW Vocation Education Training Accreditation Board as a Registered Training Organisation. The scope included Child Care, Medical Terminology, Word Processing, Reception Skills, Certificate in Adult General Education, Koori Education and Training and Farm Chemical Use. Today the scope includes over 50 qualifications ranging from Certificate I level to Advanced Diploma. During 1996 Certificate II in Office & Small Business Skills for Aboriginal Community Organisations curriculum that was developed by the College was registered with the NSW Vocation Education Training Accreditation Board
In 1997 tailored made business programs were introduced into the College program. These remain a strong feature of the College. From
The Next 50 Years.... from 1999:
The record of achievement is extensive and as the Orana community develops so too does the College. Still firmly focussed on fulfilling the niche between traditional school, tertiary education, employment and
A timeline of achievement is presented below;
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