TAFE benefits from $85.2 million state wide TAFE upgrade
Thursday, 4 November 2010
Students and staff at the Loganlea, Alexandra Hills and Mt Gravatt campuses of Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE (MSIT) are reaping the benefits of an $85.2 million state wide TAFE modernisation program.
MSIT Institute Director Kaylene Harth and Evan Moorhead MP, Labor State Member for Waterford, representing Minister for Education Geoff Wilson, today officially opened the new facilities during a ceremony held at the Loganlea campus.
The MSIT infrastructure projects at the institute's Mt Gravatt, Loganlea and Alexandra Hills campuses are valued at $4.84 million. They were completed under the Federal Government Teaching and Learning Capital Fund's Better TAFE Facilities (BTF) program.
Institute Director Kaylene Harth said the refurbishments, refits and facility improvements have taken place across many areas of the institute.
"The Better TAFE Facilities Project has helped MSIT create positive improvements at three of the institute's eight campuses. The upgraded facilities will enable MSIT staff and students to work, teach and receive training and qualifications in modern and impressive surroundings," Ms Harth said.
"It is essential for MSIT to provide the most up to date and industry standard training resources to ensure our students have the skills and relevant training while the state's economy recovers and industry expands."
Features of the upgrades across the three MSIT campuses include:
Training kitchen for hospitality students - new patisserie machinery and kitchen decor
Student classrooms - new tables, chairs, carpet and painting of walls and hallways
Outdoor amenities and student common areas â new seating, outdoor café and shaded tables/chairs
Cafeteria - new indoor tables and chairs
Lifts and bathrooms (A Block) - refurbishment and refit of amenities
College of English Language - refit and refurbishment of teaching facilities
Transport and Logistics Centre - training space and shed upgrade
Hair and Beauty Services - refurbishment of training equipment, teaching areas and student facilities
Installation of C/A Block demountable
Bathroom upgrades - refurbishment and refit of amenities
Education Resource Production Unit - machinery and fit out of print room facilities
The project has been delivered by the MSIT Infrastructure Unit, supported by the Department of Education and Training Queensland, and funded by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.
Overall, the Queensland Government is providing more than $7.1 million and the Federal Government more than $78.1 million for the projects at 13 TAFE institutes across the state.
For MSIT course information, call 1300 657 613 or visit the website www.msit.tafe.qld.gov.au.