Happy birthday, DCC, and congratulations

Dungog Community College will turn five on February 28, 2017.

That’s also the first day for their Certificate IV in New Small Business, aimed especially at women.

A GREAT JOB IN TOUGH TIMES

Education Project Officers John O'Brien and Jane Richens have done a wonderful job in a difficult climate keeping the college going.

Part of the secret is their own crazy skill-sets and the support they get from so many.

This includes some fine and dedicated trainers.

But the other part is their commitment to the college’s core philosophy of bringing excellent courses right to locals.

If the course didn’t exist, they’d create it!

 WHO HAS BENEFITED FROM THE COLLEGE

Hundreds of people have studied short and long courses through the College.

Many have found jobs, added to their social world, or broadened their horizons.

John and Jane are especially proud of students who were terrified of going “back to school” and with the right attention discovered that learning new things wasn’t that scary after all.

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN 2017

Two big programs are happening for the college this year.

One is the Women Do Business Series, with funding from the state government.

First up is the Small Business course.

Perhaps you have a great idea for a business, or are already running one and want to get the full set of skills needed.

Or perhaps you might be the unpaid “bookkeeper” in your partner’s business and want to give things a lift.

By the end of the course you will have a serious business plan, which is a roadmap to potential success.

SCIENCE HUB POWER EXPO

The other program, the Paterson-Allyn-Williams Science Hub, will kick off its second year in March with a Power Expo.

We all need to get to grips with those power bills and this expo will be full of ideas, some very simple, for saving money.

And you’ll learn some of the science behind it too.

So happy birthday, Dungog Community College, and congratulations. 

Sarah U’Brien, Dungog Shire Community Centre