New $14.5 million education centre for young parents

Media Release│ACT Government

New $14.5 million education centre for young parents

Released 26/02/2014

Work has officially commenced on a new $14.5 million education centre for young parents in Canberra's south.

Minister for Education and Training Joy Burch today turned the first sod on the new CCCares facility at the Woden campus of Canberra College.

CCCares is an award-winning program which provides targeted support for young parents, keeping them engaged in education.
"For young parents there are often huge hurdles to overcome in order to stay in school and finish their formal education but the rewards are huge, both for the students themselves and for the wider community," Ms Burch said.

"Since its inception in 2005 at the Canberra College campus in Stirling, CCCares has supported hundreds of young parents and has won many local and national awards.

"I am pleased that the ACT Labor Government has been able to fulfil its election commitment to build a new purpose built building on the Woden campus that provides a modern, vibrant and engaging learning environment to support this important program."
The new facility will have flexible open learning areas and specialised teaching spaces, childcare facilities, nurse's rooms and internal and external play areas. It will be able to accommodate up to 80 students, 80 children and teaching and support staff.

The Canberra College community, University of Canberra, Canberra Institute of Technology and the ACT Health Directorate were involved in discussions on the design of the building to ensure it met the needs of the young parents and children and reflected the latest best practice in education and childcare.

The facility will open for the start of the 2015 school year. The CCCares Program won a National Quality Teaching Award in 2008 and a Schools First National Australia Bank National Impact Award in 2009.

The program was also featured on Channel Ten's current affairs program The Project in 2010.

Section: Joy Burch, MLA | Media Releases
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