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Open day at the Country Universities Centre

Country Universities Centre Far West (CUC FW) is opening to the public for three hours on Friday, July 22.

The open day is for anyone who wants to know more about what CUC FW offers people.

The centre officially opened in May 2018.

Since then, CUC FW has supported over 550 local students who have studied diverse degrees across more than forty Australian Universities.

Danielle Keenan, the CUC FW Manager, said the local learning community had grown exponentially over the four years they’ve been operating.

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The centre provides the support needed for people in the Far West to pursue their education without relocating.

Students who study locally are more likely to engage in the local workforce, providing country businesses with new opportunities.

Students registered with a university can use campus-like study facilities all year round at the CUC FW.

There are dedicated study spaces and access to learning skills advice for online students.

The centre recently has incorporated community programs for people in the far west.

A recent survey of students using CUC facilities found that 98 per cent of students were regional or remote.

Ninety-nine per cent of students said they found the staff helpful, while almost half of the students surveyed were the first in their family to attend university and 92 per cent of students said they were more likely to continue their studies because of the help they received through the centre.

The CUC FW is part of a network of Country Universities Centres in regional and rural New South Wales.

The centre is governed and driven by the local community with an independent Board of Directors. The CUC raises support through NSW and Australian Government grants and programs, partnerships and fundraising through the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR).

The CUC FW on Crystal Street will be opened to the public between 7am and 10am.

CUC FW will offer free fresh bacon and egg rolls as well as hot coffee for the open day.

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