Cessnock TAFE on a Knife Edge
Cessnock TAFE cuts classes but will stay open
The institute said yesterday it had no plans to close Cessnock campus after Cessnock councillor James Ryan put a motion to last night’s meeting calling on the educator to clarify its plans.
Cr Ryan was responding to community concerns about course reductions, up to 10 staff transfers and reports the expensive commercial kitchen had been ‘‘mothballed’’.
Some councillors have previously expressed a desire to upgrade or relocate the campus and even build a park on some of its land.
A Hunter TAFE spokeswoman said it would suspend four tourism and hospitality courses in 2012 because of a lack of student demand, with only seven students applying for 75 places.
The courses included qualifications in health support services, kitchen operations, events and commercial cookery.
‘‘This industry area will continue to be monitored with the view to offer these courses again,’’ she said. ‘‘All full-time staff affected by these changes have been relocated.’’
The campus was also still accepting enrolments in food safety supervision, responsible conduct of gambling, responsible service of alcohol and cake decorating course and its kitchens would host a schools program.
Other industry training at Cessnock would continue as normal, she said.