Students and families should take the opportunity to attend the Regional Higher Education Forum this Thursday in Wangaratta to tell Government how to make education more accessible for regional students, according to Independent Member for Indi, Cathy McGowan AO.
Tertiary education participation rates in the Hume region, which takes in much of Indi, are about 10 per cent lower than the state average. At the Charles Sturt University-La Trobe Forum on Higher Education in February this year, it was emphasised how rural and regional students were disadvantaged through high costs.
“Rural and regional students and families do need support for these rates to rise to a level where they need to be,” Ms McGowan said.
“The more support we can provide, the more students will take up the opportunity to study.
“Growth in our key sectors of agriculture, manufacturing, health and education relies on an educated and skilled workforce.”
Ms McGowan also extended a welcome to Senator for Victoria, Bridget McKenzie, who is hosting the forum.
“I’m looking forward to seeing the report Ms McKenzie is preparing for Government, and outcomes from the feedback provided by families and students,” Ms McGowan said.
The Regional Higher Education Forum is on Thursday, July 23, at Murdoch House in Wangaratta at 10.30am.