Central West NSW has a strong contingent of educational institutions based in the region, offering education and training opportunities that contribute to a highly skilled workforce and community.
Charles Sturt University (CSU)
Charles Sturt University (CSU) is the largest regionally based university in Australia. In the Central West region it has campuses at Bathurst and Orange. It has approximately 37,000 students, two thirds of whom are learning online or through a mixed mode of classroom and distance learning. A total of 40% of enrolled students are from rural and regional areas.
Rural Clinical Schools
Rural clinical schools were established to provide non-regional medical students with periods of exposure to rural practice, with the aim of encouraging medical graduates to consider rural careers.
The University of Sydney School of Rural Health is located in Orange.
Notre Dame University has the Lithgow Rural Clinical School.
Parkes (Regional University Study Centre)
The Parkes (Regional University Study Centre) is a joint initiative between CSU, TAFE Western and Parkes Shire Council which combines TAFE and university study using infrastructure at the Parkes campus of TAFE. It includes targeted strategies to increase Indigenous and lower socio-economic students’ participation in higher education.
TAFE Western offered 628 different course options in 2013 and is well represented in the NSW Central West region. Its award winning TAFE Western Connect program is an excellent example of innovative educational delivery. The total number of enrolments across TAFE Western for 2013 was 36,823 of which 21,404 enrolments are from the NSW Central West Region.
Regionally Based Registered Training Organisations:
- BEC Business and Training Centre
- Central West Training Centre
- Complete Staff Solutions
- Integral Skills
- Octec Training Services
- Synergy Telecoms
Primary & High Schools
Australian Schools Directory http://www.australianschoolsdirectory.com.au/
Public Schools http://www.schools.nsw.edu.au/
Preschools & Child Care
Childcare Centres Central West NSW http://www.echildcare.com.au/region/centralWestNSW/