The Country Universities Centre (CUC) in Parkes has reached a significant milestone with the appointment of a centre manager earlier this month.
Jacob Cass was appointed by the board from more than 50 expressions of interest in the position.
CUC Parkes Chair, Tracie Robertson, said that the board was overwhelmed with interest in the advertised position and very happy with the outcome.
“There was no shortage of outstanding candidates. Jacob’s experience working as a business development manager and career transition assistance coordinator for OCTEC Training Services, which includes career guidance, teaching basic digital literacy and helping individuals choose and transition to employment or higher education, was a great fit and will prove extremely valuable in the role.”
Jacob said a significant motivator in applying for the position was the chance to give back to the community. “I pride myself on helping people realise and achieve their goals. I am excited by the prospect of help- ing community members succeed in higher education.”
Jacob is passionate about increasing the participation of students in higher education.“We think he will be an excellent fit, supporting students considering studying for the first time and working with high achieving students too,” said Tracie.
She added that Jacob also had a rich marketing background and experience in counselling which he hoped to assist students through stressful periods of study.
The CUC Parkes will be part of the newly renovated Parkes Library, which opened its doors last week. “We are excited to be a part of the precinct and expect to open the CUC Parkes’s doors to students before the end of the year. We’ll certainly be ready for semester one next year!”
Any students thinking about studying online next year can reach out and contact the CUC Parkes for assistance. Any interested students can speak to Jacob Cass at Jacob.Cass@cucparkes.edu.au