College leaps into the unknown
By JULIA ILES
JUMPING into the unknown is what Grafton Community College is doing by changing locations and expanding its base.
"The photograph on the cover of our new brochure was taken by Grant Jeffrey at a Port Macquarie blowhole, and is a metaphor for change, taking risks and celebrating 2006," manager of the college Alison Heagney said.
"We have outgrown the current premises and are moving to a bigger location at 25-33 Bent St, an old railway building, it's huge and will mean that we can provide more classes."
Ms Heagney believes the new location will produce more of a sense of community as the classes will be centrally located.
Currently Grafton Community College provides a range of subjects including computer and business lessons, as well as arts, health and well-being classes.
However, funding shortfalls may affect some of the programs offered. According to Ms Heagney, the overall funding cut was 5.8 per cent on last year's funding.
"In the long-term the College will seek alternative funding sources, whilst lobbying the NSW Government to re-instate funding," she said.
The move took place on Wednesday and signifies the start of a five-year plan in which the building will be refurbished, a second computer lab added and disabled facilities upgraded. To cope with funding shortfalls the College has established a charity called the 'Grafton Community College Building Fund'. People can also buy a piece of the College Jigsaw Puzzle, which will take shape on the billboard outside the building, and they can be purchased for $10 each to help the efforts.
To celebrate the move the College will be holding an open day on February 8 from noon to 6pm, where there will be raffles and a sausage sizzle.