Cooma's centre of learning celebrates

AT just one year-old, most toddlers are still pretty unsteady, bumbling around trying to get a grasp of their surroundings, direction and balance as they grow and develop.

Not so the Cooma University Centre - it has been 'running' from day one and has enjoyed a growth spurt that is beyond any of the initial expectations.

Back then, a year ago when the Centre in Cooma's Bombala Street was launched, there were early estimates of 10 or 12 students.

Twelve months later and the Centre has 83.

The students are enrolled in distance education, either full time or part time, at 19 Australian universities.

They are studying 24 undergraduate degrees and in 15 postgraduate study areas.

The Centre provides students the opportunity of living locally and completing their studies.

The joint partners in the Centre, Snowy Hydro and the Cooma-Monaro Shire Council, organised a first birthday party to celebrate the event.

It was the occasion to announce a further maturing of the Centre with a plan to re-organise its direction and administration through the establishment of a new community board.

The chairman of Snowy Hydro, Bruce Hogan, said the Centre was incredibly important to Cooma and the Monaro and was creating opportunities which didn't exist previously.

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