CHARLES Sturt University has slashed fees on 15 courses to help workers affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
The 14 graduate certificate courses and one university certificate course will soon be on offer to eligible workers.
The courses are available for online study only and are in fields spanning information technology, personal services and education studies.
Discounts range from 25 per cent to 88 per cent off the normal course fees and are available as part of the Australian Government's Higher Education Relief Package
Only workers affected by COVID-19 are eligible to apply and must complete their course by December 2020
CSU Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor John Germov, said the discounted course fees will enable COVID-19 affected workers to upskill or retrain so their career aspirations stay on track.
We understand that given the unprecedented times we are experiencing, a number of workers may be facing uncertainty or financial difficulties.Charles Sturt University Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor John Germov
"At Charles Sturt University, we want everyone to be able to pursue their education and career goals," he said.
"We understand that given the unprecedented times we are experiencing, a number of workers may be facing uncertainty or financial difficulties.
"We hope that by adopting this short-term initiative to reduce the course costs incurred by eligible students for 15 of our certificate courses, greater access to higher education in national priority areas will be made available to these workers."
Professor Germov said for those eligible workers looking to enhance their knowledge and skills, the online certificate courses present a valuable opportunity to start a course with the country's leading provider of online university courses.
"As Australia's largest and most experienced online university, we continue to lead the way and despite a reduction in student costs, there will be absolutely no reduction in the quality of our online certificate courses," he said.
"Charles Sturt University will continue to train highly qualified and skilled graduates."
A full list of the discounted certificate courses under the Higher Education Relief Package is available on the Charles Sturt website.
The discounted course fees incurred by students will be either $1250 or $2500, depending on the field of education selected subject's falls into.
- Under the package the fee for the University Certificate in Workforce Essentials has been discounted to $1250 from the normal course fee of $1658
- Graduate Certificate in Education (all specialisations) has been discounted to $1250 from the normal course fee of $10,680
- A range of Information Technology courses from cyber security to networking and systems administration have been discounted to $2500 from the normal course fee of $13,400.
Charles Sturt has also made available a number of free resources to help support communities as well as high school students or anyone considering university study for the first time.
HECS-HELP loans to cover the student contribution for the discounted courses are available.
The 15 certificate courses include:
- University Certificate in Workforce Essentials
- Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security
- Graduate Certificate in Networking and Systems Administration
- Graduate Certificate in Cloud Computing and Virtualisation
- Graduate Certificate in Information Systems Security
- Graduate Certificate in Industry Computing
- Graduate Certificate in Applied Data Science
- Graduate Certificate in Education (Adult and Vocational Education)
- Graduate Certificate in Education (Contemporary Literacies)
- Graduate Certificate in Education (Curriculum and Professional Practice)
- Graduate Certificate in Education (Digital Technology)
- Graduate Certificate in Education (Early Childhood Leadership)
- Graduate Certificate in Education (Educational Leadership)
- Graduate Certificate in Education (Educational Research)
- Graduate Certificate in Education (Indigenous Education)
Visit Charles Sturt University to find out more.
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