This morning Premier Daniel Andrews announced that Box Hill Institute (BHI) will now revitalise and reopen the former Swinburne University of Technology, Lilydale campus in early 2016.
The precinct will be much more than the reopening of a TAFE or Higher Education campus, it will be transformed into a comprehensive education precinct for the community that truly encompasses lifelong learning – from early childhood to higher education and beyond.
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Box Hill Institute CEO Mr Norman Gray AM said the vision for the Lilydale site is innovative and exciting.
“Greater than the re-opening of a TAFE or Higher Education campus, we’ll be transforming it into a comprehensive education precinct for the community that truly encompasses lifelong learning – from early childhood to higher education and beyond,” Mr Gray said this morning.
“The new Lilydale Community Education Precinct, at the gateway to the Yarra Valley, will provide a range of learning opportunities including VET courses focussed on ‘green’ construction trades, biosciences, health and wellness as well as business, tourism and hospitality provided in partnership with William Angliss Institute.”
“CAE short courses and higher education (degree) courses in partnership with Deakin University will also be offered. We’ll be developing a truly one-of-a-kind Educational Theme Park which will help young people learn life skills through powerful experiences, as well as a Tech School which includes a Discovery Centre and Trade School for students in Years 7 to 10 opening by 2017.”
“Local families will benefit from an Integrated Children’s Centre, providing access to in-demand local council services including new childcare, maternal and child health and preschool facilities as well as a children’s farm. The precinct will offer services to the community that complement education, in partnership with local business and the Yarra Ranges Council, such as a community library and business incubator. A restaurant and café will provide outstanding dining opportunities for the community while providing students with valuable training experience,” Mr Gray said.
Some courses will commence in February 2016 – stay tuned for more information in coming weeks and months.