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Creative new era for Townsville

Minister for Employment, Skills and Mining today officially opened the Townsville Creative Technologies College.

Minister Hinchliffe, who was joined by Member for Mundingburra Lindy Nelson-Carr, said the $2.09 million centre was Queensland's third School Industry Trade Centre.

"The college will specialise in digital and creative technologies to train North Queenslanders for cutting edge 21st century trades," Mr Hinchliffe said.

"College students will emerge job-ready for careers ranging from graphic design and printing, to animation and interactive media production, IT games development, and audio visual special effects production.

"This is all about equipping our workforce with the right mix of skills now and into the future."

Ms Nelson-Carr said the college had already attracted strong local interest.

"There have been 150 expressions of interest with the most popular courses in digital audio and music production, 3D animation and game programming,and the foundation course in creative technologies," Ms Nelson-Carr said.

"Twenty-three school and mature aged students started a short, intensive program at the college this month and the enrolments are now open for next year."

Member for Townsville Mandy Johnstone said students would no longer have to travel south to find creative courses.

"The courses and training will be right here on our doorstep and that means Townsville will be able to keep its brightest and best creative talents, rather than risk losing them to other centres and institutions down south," Ms Johnstone said.

Member for Thuringowa Craig Wallace said the college would work in partnership with a range of education providers.

"It will work with James Cook University, the Barrier Reef Institute of TAFE, the Creative Industries Skills Council, the Academy of Interactive Entertainment and project coordinator Heatley Secondary College," Mr Wallace said.

'It's about sharing creativity and learning. It will put Townsville on the cutting edge of the latest technology," Mr Wallace said.

Mr Hinchliffe said strong industry links were vital to the success of the centres.

"The first centre, which opened at Caboolture two years ago, is now self sufficient, specialising in civil construction training for the Sunshine Coast region.

"The second centre, the Great Barrier Reef International Marine College in Cairns opened in February this year, and its students are poised for careers in local and international marine industries.

"These centres, including the new Townsville Creative Technologies College, will help the Bligh Government meet its Toward Q2 target - for three out of four Queenslanders to hold a trade, training or tertiary qualification by 2020."

The TCTC is located at Heatley Secondary College, Fullham Road, Heatley.

This page was last updated at 08-May-2013

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