TOUGH decisions may be on the way at Glenormiston College as cuts to TAFE continue to bite, according to one of South West TAFE’s bosses.
South West TAFE executive manager of teaching and learning Paul Oprean said any talk that enrolment numbers had dwindled to four at Glenormiston were incorrect.
He said the challenges facing the campus were no different to those facing TAFE campuses around the state.
“There are a lot more students enrolled than four,” he said.
“This year there are some programs which are getting great numbers.
“TAFEs in general are still facing interesting times.
“I’ve got no doubt we might have to make tough decisions at Glenormiston. But that is not particular to Glenormiston.
“Every TAFE in Victoria is facing the same challenges.
“Last year we had record levels of delivery. We’re looking forward to record levels in 2014 and 2015.”
Mr Oprean said most full-time programs would start at the end of the month and other programs had rolling enrolments throughout the year.
Late last year, a planned diploma in horse breeding, which was scheduled to go ahead this year, was cancelled and the advanced diploma of horse management did not take any new enrolments for next year.
Mr Oprean said there had been low level interest in the horse management course.
He said numbers had been strong in horticulture and arboriculture courses and also short courses for industry.
He said that next week about 60 Melbourne University students would be at the college for an animal handling course.
More than $7 million has been removed from the TAFE’s operating account this year, which triggered 43 job losses and an increase in fees.