$14 Million is being set aside to build a new CCCares Facility at Canberra College in Phillip.
The CCCares facility will support pregnant and parenting students and their children.
ACT Minister for Education and Training Joy Burch and Treasurer Andrew Barr said the investment will fulfil ACT Labor’s 2012 Election commitment to build a new purpose built CCCares facility at Canberra College (Phillip campus).
The Budget funding follows the finalisation of forward design plans for the new facility earlier this year, which was the result of a $1.4million investment in the 2011-12 Budget.
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“The new CCCares complex will include learning spaces for students, such as vocational learning spaces, a hospitality studio and an arts studio, an adjunct childcare centre for children and a range of parental and medical services,” Ms Burch said.
The program, which has operated since 2005, is currently delivered at the former Canberra College site in Stirling but will re-locate to the Phillip site in 2015. The new facility will be able to accommodate 80 students, 80 children and 12 teaching and ancillary staff with an allowance for 15 additional visiting adults.
“Each year enrolments continue to grow for this program that is the first and only of its kind in Australia, and the new campus will have increased capacity and improved services for students,’’ Ms Burch said.
“Advantages include improved childcare facilities, better access to public transport and access
to a wider range of curriculum courses.