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Friends of CCG Edition 1

Welcome to Friends of CCG

“The only way to have a friend is to be one.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Message from Sue Geals, CEO

Support in all aspects of life is necessary, whether on a personal, educational or professional level. Friends of CCG has been established for that very reason – to support our students in ways that matter, through a community that cares.

What is our CCG community? We are people who are bound not only by place or experience, but by shared values, the knowledge that education improves life for all, and the belief that our students end up with more than just a piece of paper when they graduate. They take away a sense of belonging that will stay with them as they take steps into their chosen careers.

The Friends of CCG newsletter keeps us connected to that part of our own story by celebrating and supporting all of the ways we transform our lives through learning.

The kind side of COVID

The CCG Community Café team cooked up a bright side to lockdown restrictions, turning their talents to creating an incredible 1374 meals for people in need in 2022, donated through local food relief centres. “Our café normally provides subsidised meals to help our learners access affordable, healthy food,” CEO Sue Geals said. “When we couldn’t […]

Celebrations in the wake of a difficult year

Every year is worth celebrating at ECG College, but the opportunity to come together to mark the end of the school year felt extra special in 2021. The pandemic posed challenges for all of us, but as an alternative school that builds engagement through hands-on learning and social inclusivity, the impact of a second year […]

Nathan harnesses his future

“What I have learnt throughout the course has set me up for a bright future in harness racing.” Nathan Rothwell A driving force to become a harness racer saw Nathan Rothwell and his family make the move from the Sunshine State to Drouin in 202, so he could study his Certificate IV in Racing (Harness […]

Ashlee applies passion to her studies

Throughout her Certificate II Retail Cosmetics studies, VET DSS Student of the Year, Ashlee Storey, applied her positivity and passion with the same brushstroke of purpose as her makeup skills. A talented and tenacious character, Ashlee matured personally and professionally during the course of a difficult year. VET DSS stands for ‘Vocational Education and Training […]

New award to honour Terrylene Marks

A new award will be presented in 2022 to honour the life and contribution of former Community College Gippsland board member, Terrylene Marks. The Community Builder Award will recognise the contributions of an individual or group who has demonstrated, either in the CCG community or the broader community, the power of education in developing and […]

Kat’s a cut above the rest

“I was overwhelmed and shocked when I received the award. It felt so good knowing that other people see something in me that I don’t.” Katrina La’Brooy Community College Gippsland’s Student of the Year Award has been presented to Certificate III Hairdressing student Katrina La’Brooy. After a challenging start, Kat grew in confidence and developed […]

State recognition for Zunera

Zunera’s journey is more than a learning experience “I am highly grateful that Community College Gippsland nominated me. I also feel proud and content on choosing Australia as my home.” Zunera Najam Nominated for the prestigious Victorian Learn Local Pre-accredited Learner (Skills for Work) Award, Zunera Najam is proof that determination and drive, coupled with […]

Join our Board

We’re on the hunt for a new Board Director. Could it be you or someone you know?

  • You can commit to three years
  • You are passionate about supporting young people to study in a nurturing environment
  • You may be young yourself, or you may have a culturally and linguistically diverse background or experience with disability

While we look for people with business skills such as governance, marketing, legal or philanthropic, our Directors share one common attribute: love of community.  

Applications open in January. For a position description, visit our website.

Donate to CCG

This newsletter highlights just how connected and supportive our campus is. But we can always do more to provide for our students. Your financial assistance is a tangible way to recognise the hard work our students put in when they commit to studying. Donations help with all sorts of costs that many students are unable to afford.

Make a secure tax-deductible donation online now and show our students your commitment to their success.

Volunteer with us

Do you have time to spare and a desire to give back to the community? With a range of roles that include help in the classroom, on the Board, grounds maintenance and organising special events, our volunteers are invaluable to the College.

If you’re looking for an up during your downtime, volunteering is the way to go. As rewarding to you as it is generous to us, your skills, knowledge, patience and positivity are attributes we embrace.

Our students have made the decision to study, a commitment that will take their time and energy. The support volunteers provide is significant in a myriad of ways, some obvious, such as tidy grounds, classroom assistance or guiding the direction of the college. But much of the more meaningful impact is invisible. Your support may contribute to the work and personal success of a student long after they have left the college.

If you want to leave that kind of mark on a young person, submit an Expression of Interest.

Thank you

This edition of the Friends of CCG newsletter is made possible with the help of our buddies at Bupa, who provided financial support through the Bupa Foundation Community Grants Program.