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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 04 Hansard (Wednesday, 25 March 2015) . . Page.. 1094 ..

Another area of study at CIT Bruce is the Diploma of Environmental Monitoring and Technology and the Certificate IV in Environmental Monitoring and Technology. This teaches students the methods and technologies of environmental sampling, testing and monitoring used in industry. It assists environmental scientists, engineers and planners with site assessment, minimising environmental impacts and the remediation/rehabilitation of sites.

CIT’s international services unit is also located at CIT’s Bruce campus, offering support to the more than 1,200 international students from more than 80 countries studying at CIT. The international unit provides counsellors experienced in supporting international students, organises a special international students graduation ceremony early in December, and has a special support course on eLearn for students from other cultures called “studying in Australia”. International student support officers will help with visa issues, referrals to other support services, and accommodation. CIT Bruce boasts stylish student accommodation, with 48 rooms available for $175.00 per week, with communal kitchens. It is a three-minute walk from classrooms, the Bruce canteen, library, gym and the international services unit.

As I have noted, CIT still covers the traditional trades very well but goes way beyond them to cover a range of skills we need in our economy. As we have seen, CIT courses can lead to other higher education courses with credit transfer arrangements or pathways to a variety of Australia universities, including the University of Canberra and the ANU. Students can receive recognition or credit for studies completed at CIT and put this towards a degree at university. For example, courses with pathways to the University of Canberra include accounting, ACT year 12, alcohol other drugs and mental health, applied fashion design and technology, building design, business, business administration, children’s services, community services work, event management, fitness, forensic science, games and virtual worlds, graphic design, hospitality management, human resources, interior design, international hotel and resort management, IT networking, IT software development, management, marketing, massage, media production, photography, sport development, tourism, visual art, and youth work.

CIT Bruce, and indeed the whole of CIT, is an essential part of our economy and a huge resource for our school leavers looking to study an enormous range of courses in their home town. I commend this motion to the Assembly.

MR DOSZPOT (Molonglo) (11.21): I am pleased to have an opportunity to talk to this motion today. However, I have to say that I am not sure how appropriate it is that the chair of a standing committee that is currently undertaking an inquiry into the delivery of vocational education is moving a motion that is so unquestionably supportive of CIT, without any suggestion of critical examination. What impression that might leave on those who have made submissions to the inquiry is yet to be known. Perhaps this motion also highlights the lack of judgement of both the Chief Minister and the minister for education, that this important motion on the CIT has been allocated to Ms Porter in this instance.

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