Big ideas for community college

ROOM TO MOVE: Darren and Melissa Hayes of CHS Training.
ROOM TO MOVE: Darren and Melissa Hayes of CHS Training. Adam Hourigan

WHEN Darren and Melissa Hayes at CHS Training moved their team in to the back of the Grafton Community College building, little did they know not long after they would take the whole facility.

"The old manager (of the college) suggested coming over here and we thought it was silly not to," Mr Hayes said.

When the college was put into liquidation a few months ago, the land's owner, The Australian Rail Track Corporation, offered the lease for the building to CHS Training - and not wanting to see things grind to a halt at the facility, Mr and Mrs Hayes said yes.

"It's business as usual for the leisure classes of the community college," he said.

While a big undertaking, it seemed a perfect fit for CHS, which already had a background in training, starting with responsible service of alcohol back in 2004.

The Hayeses took the helm last year when CHS founder, Esther Mason decided to step back.

CHS has expanded its offerings, which include certificates in aged care, barista and food safety, and fitness on the cards.

But Mr Hayes said they were looking for other groups who wished to make the most of the facilities.

"The community college was given a grant to upgrade the facilities," he said.

The college has a functioning beauty salon currently sitting unused.

"A lot of money was spent on fitting it out," he said.

With top notch facilities including a computer lab, classrooms and beauty clinic, Mr and Mrs Hayes hoped more people from the community would put their hands up to host classes and use the Community College.

Mr Hayes said they were open to ideas if teachers, trainers and businesses had uses for the rooms - which included the potential for seminars and conferences.

"We have the facilities, the community should be aware of them," he said.

To find out more about the training CHS offers or using the community college facilities, go to or phone 66425559 for more information.


Started in 2004 by Esther Mason from the Village Green

Began by running Responsible Service of Alcohol but now offers a range of different training courses and work placements

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