About North Coast Community College

At North Coast Community College we are committed to the delivery of quality training that meets the needs of our communities and to advancing the skills and capabilities of our students. We are a not for profit organisation and have been providing training since 1981. NCCC serves students from Grafton to Goonellabah and beyond via online courses, with established training centres in Alstonville, Yamba and Ballina. We continue to operate with a dedicated staff, employ a suite of quality trainers and are guided by a voluntary board of directors.

Our friendly team are happy to talk to you about your training needs. You can call us on 02 6628 5426 or find the courses that suit you here on our website.

There are outstanding possibilities created by government funded programs, specifically Smart & Skilled which is a part of the NSW Vocational Education and Training System. This initiative provides students with access to subsidised training (conditions apply).

This is an exciting and innovative time for community education and an opportunity to gain skills and training that works for you.

To ignite futures and enrich lives through learning.

It is our aim to provide courses that enrich the lives of those in our community and spur them on to exciting futures. 

To engage with you, our community, providing learning opportunities that are life enriching and relevant for growing your future.

Our goals over the next 3 years are:

  • To develop and promote NCCC’s identity.
  • To deliver quality and compliant educational programs and learning experiences.
  • To increase engagement with industry and the community to be responsive to identified learning needs.
  • To develop our staff to be accountable, empowered and productive, ensuring quality customer service.
  • To maintain a financially viable and compliant business.

Respect: We work together respectfully to deliver the best outcomes for our clients, the College and the community.

Integrity: We are accountable for our actions, honesty and for doing the right thing.

Passionate: We are passionate about learning and providing engaging courses that enrich the lives of our students. 

Professionalism: We are each responsible for performing our roles to the highest standard, developing new skills and displaying good judgement

Teamwork: We desire to build and assist quality teams through offering courses and modelling great teamwork.

NCCC is able to provide a range of support services to students and referrals to other community support services. If you think you may have difficulty achieving the outcomes of the course, discuss this with your trainer or the Training Manager. It is best if this is done before commencing the class or as early as possible once the class commences so your needs may be assessed and accommodated if possible. We can offer specialised support in the areas of Literacy, Numeracy and Language.


Kate Kempshall

Kate Kempshall

Executive Director

Kate is the Executive Director of North Coast Community College.


North Coast Community College is an independent, not-for-profit association. It is governed by a Board Of Management whose membership is drawn from North Coast communities. It is the Board’s role to ensure the College upholds its purpose, key values and regulatory obligations whilst ensuring the integrity and quality of any training undertaken.

Current Appointments

Les Regan: Chair

Forster Rayward: Treasurer

Desmond Stewart: Secretary

Bruce Barling: Committee Member

Helen Hamilton: Committee Member

Peter Hamilton: Committee Member

Malcolm Johnson: Committee Member

Jacinta Rowe: Committee Member

Support Services

North Coast Community College is driven by its commitment to foster a welcoming, supportive and employability focused environment for its students. The college offers the following support services:

  • LLN support
  • Student Support Officers
  • Job and Careers guidance
  • Indigenous Liaison Officer
  • Fully accessible venue


Tim Roberts

Tim Roberts


Tim has had over 15 year’s experience, running his own successful medium size business within the Telco and finance Industry.

He has had experience in long and short term Sales, Customer service, Employing Motivating and training staff. More recently he has had experience running a small mortgage brokering franchise along with training students in the Diploma of Management and Leadership.

With this training of students Tim has realised his passion in helping others and sharing his business experiences. Tim has a Graduate Diploma of Management, Diploma of Finance and Mortgage Brokering and a Cert IV in Training and Assessment. Tim is also an Accredited DISC ADVANCED Consultant.


Joel Orchard

Joel Orchard

Joel is a food systems activist and local small-scale farming industry networker.

Having established Future Feeders as a young farmers hub, community farming program and capacity building organisation in the Northern Rivers, he has since co-founded Young Farmers Connect with chapters throughout Australia to support new and emerging farmers into the industry – focussing on sustainable food and farming alternatives outside of the industrial food system.

He is passionate about a range of food issues including food justice and agroecology,

Joel now works in ecological farm management, building local food economies and supporting indigenous engagement in agriculture.