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Maryborough’s education options have been bolstered, with classes at the city’s TAFE campus set to resume.

The Victoria Street campus, located behind McDonald’s, has been given a new lease on life after the Bendigo TAFE vacated the building in 2009.

The building then became home to the Maryborough arm of the St John Ambulance service, but has now been extensively renovated to include two classrooms, a trade and arts workshop and a music and media studio, along with office space and communal areas.

The newly renovated and refurbished building was reopened last week, with community members given the chance to tour the building, speak with staff and see what education opportunities are now on offer as a result of the campus’ reopening.

Bendigo TAFE southern region manager, Carol Angove, who will be based at the Maryborough campus on a part-time basis, said the campus would give Maryborough residents an alternative education option and said the facility will offer a range of career and training opportunities to the local community.

“The expansion of the Maryborough campus is a demonstration of Bendigo TAFE’s commitment to providing vocational education opportunities to the Maryborough community,” she said.

“Open day is a fantastic opportunity to meet with our teaching staff and discuss career and training pathways.”

Among the courses offered at the campus will be VCAL classes, along with certificates in construction pathways, music, video, digital imaging, photography, youth work, alcohol and other drugs counselling.

Prior to its closure in 2009, the Maryborough TAFE campus delivered classes in office administration, accounting, IT, wool classing and farm chemicals.

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