In the Community


North Coast Community College and North Coast Community Housing (NCCH) have developed a partnership agreement to offer NCCH tenants access to education and training opportunities.

“Our mutual goal is to improve quality of life for local people through education and training”, said Narelle Millar, Executive Officer, North Coast Community College. We aim to empower students to participate in the community to their full potential.”

Both local community agencies have a long standing and strong commitment to social responsibility, respecting the diversity and different needs of the individuals they work with. This new program will be a valuable extension of the services they offer to local people.

“NCCH is more than just a good landlord” said NCCH Chief Executive Officer, John McKenna. “We believe in providing opportunity, supporting change and building positive neighbourhoods and communities. These types of programs allow us to work together with like-minded community organisations to help create a better future for our tenants.”


Some students need additional support to access training. Community Service Obligation funded through the Department of Industries helps improve participation for disadvantaged learners. North Coast Community College provides training for key equity groups through Community Service Obligation (CSO).

Smart and Skilled will help regional students get access to quality training. Community providers have community service obligations to guarantee vocational education and training in regional and remote areas.

Tech Savvy Seniors

Tech Savvy Seniors is an initiative of the NSW Ageing Strategy and is funded through a partnership between The NSW Government and Telstra to provide seniors (over the age of 60) with affordable training in overcoming their fears of accessing computer technology.

Namatjira Haven

North Coast Community College is proud to work in partnership with Namatjira Haven –Aboriginal drug and alcohol healing centre for the provision of training under Community Service Obligation.


North Coast Community College is proud to work in partnership with Envite for the provision of training to participants in the Green Army program.


North Coast Community College is proud to work with Chess Employment and Training in Yamba to provide training for their clients in Business and Hospitality

Community Business Awards

North Coast Community College has been awarded Alstonville Wollongbar Chamber of Commerce business awards, including;

2013 – Business of the Year
2013 – Community Award
2016 – Business Community Award

Alstonville Workplace Readiness Program

Through consultation with the local high school and the community in general, a need for work readiness and LLN was identified. The program provided young people at risk of not making a successful transition from school to work with an out of school experience prior to leaving school. It also provided opportunities for unemployed people to develop these skills.

The primary target group was youth aged 15 to 24 years at risk of not making a successful transition from school to work. In particularly youth aged 18 to 24 years whose experience of secondary schooling resulted in a history of absenteeism or educational disenfranchisement. The secondary target group were unemployed people hindered through poor Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills to make a transition to employment or further study.

This program achieved ‘celebrity status’ in the local area with places in the course sought after by students themselves, parents and job service agencies on behalf of their clients.

Mature Age Office Skills

This program provided mature aged jobseekers with currency in office technology and financial management software. The Northern Rivers has a higher than average seniors demographic compared to the national average. The region has high unemployment as well as a high casualization of the workforce and under employment. Through this program, participants were able to upskill for the modern office.

E Citizen

This program aimed to equip young women who had their education truncated by misfortune or teenage pregnancy. It provided training in Digital Literacy and Business. This program was very successful with all students receiving a statement of attainment for units of competency they completed. In addition to this, the practical application of the tutor using real-life student experiences in the delivery of the program, bought about life changing results for participants.

Jojon Jarjum

This program provided students with nationally accredited skills from Cert III in Children Services to help them gain employment and learn about ways to provide ongoing care for children in their community. Funding for the program was generously made available through a partnership between ANZ bank and the Foundation for Regional and Rural Renewal.

Make the Breaks

The Make the Breaks Indigenous surf project was designed to encourage indigenous youth to reconnect with the ocean they once lived off, providing an opportunity to improve their education and employment prospects and helping them leave behind the struggles of drug and alcohol, homelessness, and other problems which our community is sadly afflicted by.

One of the most powerful outcomes of surfing is how it creates community and shared experiences across all sections of society. It is a pursuit which can instil self-confidence, self-belief and self-reliance in any person fortunate enough to participate. Introducing the students to surfing motivates them to achieve and also awaken a desire to learn more about the ocean and the broader aspects of surfing (weather charts, surfboard design etc.). This can flow on to improve literacy and numerical skills of students. The various forms of tuition used covered a broad range of subjects and provided students with a platform for further study.

Aboriginal Driver Ed Program

In 2015 North Coast Community College partnered with ACE Community Colleges to provide Aboriginal people on the Northern Rivers of NSW to overcome barriers to gaining or regaining a licence. In addition to this, North Coast Community College, in partnership with Grafton Aboriginal Land Council, provided training in language, literacy and numeracy to assist Aboriginal people in gaining their Learner Licence. These programs have reduced the number of people bought before the justice system and increased the number of licenced and safe drivers on the roads.