The Country Universities Centre (CUC) Parkes welcomed the Governor of NSW, Margaret Beazley AC QC and Dennis Wilson on Friday, 19th February when they visited the newly opened centre.
The welcoming party included three CUC Parkes students, Maigan Robertson, Talesha Dunn and Connor Robertson, as well as Centre Manager Jacob Cass and CUC Chair Tracie Robertson. The Governor enjoyed engaging with the students asking about their studies, and next steps post study.
Connor Robertson, currently studying his Bachelor of Public Safety and Security with Charles Sturt University explained about his current application process to join the Royal Australia Air Force. “The dining room table was my study space before I registered with the CUC and it was hard to focus. It was in a communal space in the home that didn’t allow for dedicated learn-ing.” He said at the centre he was able to spread out, study in peace and “when I leave the centre I can just be at home”.
Mother and fulltime worker, Talesha Dunn, said working on her Graduate Certificate in Applied Digital Marketing online through Charles Sturt University was exciting but also challenging. “I enjoy the CUC Parkes as it is a quiet place to study, away from home stresses or priorities at work. I get a full day a week to come and use the centre to watch my lectures, finish my assessments and just focus on study for eight solid hours.”
Jacob highlighted the strengths of the location of the CUC and its strong relationship with Parkes Shire Council. “The Centre includes 11 computer terminals and sitting space for students to BOYD (bring your own device). Students have access seven days a week from 7am to midnight
The CUC Parkes is open for any student studying a higher education course at any Australian University. Visit: www.cucparkes.edu.au or contact Jacob Cass on 0409 119 0933 for more information.