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    Longerenong College general manager John Goldsmith.

Longerenong College plan takes a step forward

Longerenong College plans to become an international centre of agricultural training excellence have taken another step forward with confirmation of a new scholarship program.

The Federal Government has announced Destination Australia Program funding of $165,000 for 10 scholarships for students enrolling in full-time courses in 2020.

The package includes five $15,000 scholarships for international students and five for domestic students.

College campus head John Goldsmith welcomed the announcement by Education Minister Dan Tehan, adding that it was a vote of confidence in the college. 

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“I am very excited and hope this will attract students and help them achieve their dreams of enrolling and studying at Longerenong College,” he said.

“The Australian Government Destination Australia Program is designed to attract and support international and domestic students to study in regional Australia, and to offer students a high-quality learning experience.”

The government program is designed to help regional communities share in the billions of dollars of economic contribution international education is making in Australia.

International education contributed $35-billion to the national economy last year.

The scholarships for Longerenong are also designed to improve student numbers at the institution and help address an agricultural skills shortage.

Mr Goldsmith said the scholarships would complement the college’s overall scholarship program.

“In receiving these scholarships, we know that increasing the number of student enrolments at Longerenong College means more of our graduates will remain in our regional communities, where skills are most needed for the future,” he said.

Member for Mallee Anne Webster announced in late October that 29 scholarships would be available to international and domestic students in her electorate next year.

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