The community gathered at the Cooma Universities Centre (CUC) yesterday (December 9) for a special BBQ to celebrate the achievements of the year, to wish CUC Manager Zoe Dawson the best for her maternity leave, and to welcome new staff members Shannon and Jayde.
The BBQ was attended by CUC Board members, Cooma-Monaro Shire Council staff, students, and members of the community.
One of the students, Lynda Coveny, who has just completed a Graduate Certificate in Ageing and Pastoral Studies by distance education through Charles Sturt University, said she could not have done it without the CUC.
"I've worked in aged care for more than 26 years and wanted to update my knowledge," Ms Coveny said.
"And the CUC provided me with fast internet, big screens, and a printing capability."
"I live rurally with poor internet access and without the CUC I don't think I'd have completed the course."
During the BBQ, CUC Board Chairman Duncan Taylor reflected on the achievements of the year and acknowledged the support that had been provided.
"This facility was only made possible through a supportive Council and we are extremely grateful for the contribution of Snowy Hydro, who have fully gifted the centre to the community," he said.
"Other regions are now looking to work with us; we've had enquiries from as far afield as South Australia and Queensland, and are working closely with Young, Boorowa and Goulburn.
"We've got lots of exciting things planned for next year and want to keep enhancing our support for students by providing increased academic skills and face-to-face support," Mr Taylor said.