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Official opening of Bruce College of technical and further education



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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION­ * - - 20 September 1978.

OFFICIAL OPENING OF BRUCE COLLEGE OF TECHNICAL· AMD'

FURTHER EDUCATION : '

The Governor-General, Sir Zelman Cowan, will open the

$7 million first stage of the Bruce College of Technical

and Further Education.in Haydon Drive, Bruce, on Thursday,

October 5. . . .

About 800 guests will-attend'the ceremony at 2.30 pm. .

The ceremony will feature the band of the Royal Military

College, Duntroon, and be followed in the evening by the

College's Inauguration Ball at the Lakeside Hotel.

Bruce TAFE College caters for about 3,500 students on campuses

at Acton, Belconnen, Fyshwick and Weston. All the college's

operations except the School of Horticulture at Weston will

eventually be consolidated at the Haydon Drive complex by 1984.

Stage One, to be opened by Sir Zelman on October 5, houses the

School of Engineering Studies and the Departments of Architecture

and Building. The $4 million Stage Two will open next year, and

house Applied Health Sciences. Plans are proceeding for Stages

Three and Four. Stage:.Three will house the School of Building

Studies and Stage Four will house student and staff amenities

and central administration.

The College Principal, Mr P. J. Ibbotson, said today the courses

offered were continually updated by consultation with industry,

commerce and commuhity leaders. TAFE colleges should be

accountable, responsible and responsive the the community, he

said. . .

The Chairman of the Bruce ^AFE College Council, Mr Keith Arscott,

said today that the TAFE system offered training and retraining

to thousands of people of all ages from the ACT and surrounding

areas of New South Wales. The Bruce TAFE College xvas playing

a full and active role in the ACT community, he said. : ·

Departmental contact: Jenny Watling Satherley Public Relations: