28 February 2013
Backpacks, notepads and textbooks will be out in force tomorrow (Friday 1 March) as students arrive for first semester studies at the University of the Sunshine Coast’s new learning hub in Gympie.
Up to 40 USC students are expected to attend the start of classes from 8am at the Wide Bay Institute of TAFE (WBIT) campus on Cartwright Road.
Students will be starting degrees in Nursing Science and Primary Education as well as participating in the Tertiary Preparation Pathway program (TPP).
USC Gympie Manager Graham Young said the new degrees were part of the University’s long-term investment in education in Gympie.
He said despite the cancellation of classes earlier this week due to wet weather, enthusiasm among the new students remained high.
“The wet weather certainly hasn’t put a dampener on interest from students keen to study at USC Gympie,” Mr Young said.
“To date we have 50 students who are studying one or more courses and a 100 course enrolments, numbers which we expect to rise sharply in the coming years.”
A $5.5million building is currently under construction at the WBIT campus for USC Gympie and is due to be completed by May, weather permitting.
— Jessica Halls