That’s what many people have been asking since the college was established in 2016, with a big push this year to get students to enrol in the new associate degrees.
These degrees look to help people get into further university degrees, or just give them a way that they can expand their knowledge whilst maintaining a full time job.
Lee Whiteley is the Chief Executive of the University College, and comes from a background in industry. He speaks with Brian Carlton about what the University College actually does, and why he decided to put his hand up for this position.
The University College will have a pop-up booth in the Quadrant Mall, Launceston today from 12pm – 2pm if you would like more information.
For several years, there have been calls to provide more support to students with a disability in schools, and move towards a needs-based funding model.
This may finally be a reality, with the State and Federal Government signing the National School Reform Agreement last week. This agreement will see an additional $490 million injected into Tasmanian schools over the next 10 years to fill the gaps in funding.
Kristen Desmond is the founder of the Tasmanian Disability Education Reform Lobby, and was worked hard for many years to see this kind of funding become a reality. She speaks with Brian Carlton this morning to talk about the fantastic news.
The State Education Minister has strongly urged the Australian Education Union (AEU) Tasmania branch to ‘stop the stunts, stop the threats and negotiate in good faith’ over further industrial action.
AEU members have announced that they will attend 45 minute ‘stop work’ meetings at 9am on Tuesday 27th November in the North and North-West, and on Wednesday the 23rd November in the South. They will not be on site at school until 10:30am, which means some schools may need to close for the morning.
Education Minister, Jeremy Rockliff, joins Brian Carlton this morning to talk about the escalating action, and whether the government is willing to budge on their 2% wage increase.
The boons for Braddon continue, with the announcement today that an Advanced Welding Training Centre will be based in South Burnie.
Minister for Education and Training, Simon Birmingham, is in Burnie today to make the announcement, which will see five state-of-the-art welding simulators installed at the Tasmanian Minerals and Energy Council (TMEC) Centre of Excellence in South Burnie.
Minister Birmingham also answers questions regarding a Victorian high school teaching children how to ‘safe sext’, which the Minister says is ‘wacky and dangerous.’
State Education Minister, Jeremy Rockliff, has described the Australian Education Union Tasmanian branch’s decision to walk off the job early tomorrow as a ‘very disappointing action.’
He joins Brian Carlton this morning to speak about the strike action, saying that the Government’s commitment to hire 250 teachers over the next six years would do better to address teachers concerns of workloads, rather than a pay increase.
They also discuss a recent Grattan Institute report on Education, and the contract for the new Bruny Island ferries.
There is a concern that children will be left unattended at state schools over the next two days, with Australian Education Union (AEU) members choosing not to begin work until 10:30am.
With Metro bus services unchanged, there are concerns children will be left stranded at schools prior to the later starting times. Other frustrated parents are choosing not to send their children to school at all, saying that this is an easier option than trying to send their child to school around work times.
President of the Tasmanian Association of State Schools Organisation (TASSO), Nigel Jones, joins Brian Carlton this morning. He says that these strike actions are ‘extremely disappointing’, and only hurt parents and students.
For more information on which schools will be closed, click here.
Minister for Education Jeremy Rockliff has acknowledged that bullying in state schools is an issue.
Speaking with Brian Carlton, Minister Rockliff says that the State Government last year announced $3 million for anti-bullying programs for Tasmanian students, which includes specific programs for bullying of LGBTI and special needs children.
"There are many mechanisms in our schools that are doing a very good job with respect to anti-bullying behavior, including building a resilience in our kids," Minister Rockliff says.
The Minister says that this year’s State Government budget includes costs for more school nurses and psychologists, to help school teachers to deal with the issue of bullying.
"Many times resources can seem thin and that's why we're supporting our schools with more resources...so we can get on top of these very serious issues."
They also discuss the mass redundancies at JBS meatworks in Longford.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Education Minister Simon Birmingham, and Cities Minister Paul Fletcher are visiting Launceston today to officially complete the transfer of federal funds for the UTAS precinct moves – both at Inveresk and in Burnie.
Jacqui Lambie is tipping Justine Keay to win the Braddon by-election, citing preference flows and a grassroots campaign as the reason for the pick.
The former Senator and head of the JLN joins Brian Carlton for their weekly chat, where the Senator wishes to set the record straight on allegations that there are concerns the Federal Liberal Government has slashed disability education funding.
Jacqui secured an extra $20 million for Tasmanian education when she was in Parliament, and says that she had an ironclad promise from Education Minister Simon Birmingham that despite her resignation from Parliament, the deal would still be honoured.
With the whole country reeling after new OH&S rules at Bunnings have changed our sausage sizzles, Jacqui Lambie believes we should just ban eating within Bunnings stores in the first place.
The former Senator and head of the JLN joins Brian Carlton this morning to speak about various issues of current affairs, including the Bunnings #oniongate, ScoMo’s bus tour, and Indonesia’s demands on the potential move of Australia’s embassy on Jerusalem.
Jacqui also weighs in on the current AEU industrial action, saying that generally employees need to prove that they deserve a pay rise or promotion, and that she is concerned about how these actions could affect student's education.
Studying an online degree or diploma is difficult, especially if you are not offered as much support as those studying physically at university or TAFE.
Tasmania Talks listener Bree calls in to talk with Brian Carlton about a similar situation, saying that she needs to complete 100 hours of work experience to complete her diploma. However, Bree states that all preference for work placements is given to university and TAFE students first.
Listen as Bree explains her issue, and hear who calls in afterwards!
With 2018 drawing to a close, it’s easy to forget that at the start of this year we had a state election in which the Hodgman Liberal Government was returned.
Premier Will Hodgman joins Brian Carlton this morning for the last show of the year to talk about current political topics and reflect back on the year.
Topics discussed included the federal government’s new $1.25 billion in health funding, the pay rise stoush with public servants, and whether we will follow NSW’s lead and ban mobile phones in primary schools
Ten young women from St Thomas More's catholic school in Launceston need your help to make their engineering dreams come true.
The 'Galaxy Gurus' won the Lego Robotics League Tasmanian State Tournament at the start of the month, where they had to program a lego robot to conduct certain 'missions'. As a result the students are off to compete in the national finals in Sydney, but need a total of $12,000 to get there.
St Thomas More's assistant principal and team coach Kurt Atkins joins Brian Carlton in the studio this morning, along with team members Olivia Richardson, Scarlett Morrison, Anna Heard and Claire Hepburn, to discuss what the robotics tournament is about and the National competition in Sydney.
If you would like to make a donation to the team, please click here. A sponsorship of $500 or more can get your logo on their team shirts, but it will need to be by tomorrow at 3pm - so get in quick!