MDLC a Learn Local Legend

Victorians who have made a significant impact on the lives of others through community education have been recognised at the 2017 Victorian Learn Local Awards.

The awards recognise the inspirational efforts of learners, practitioners and training providers in the Learn Local education and training network, which comprises 300 organisations.

MDLC (Mountain District Learning Centre) located in Ferntree Gully was awarded a Learn Local Legend status at the awards. Manager of MDLC, Janet Claringbold, said the Centre takes pride in supporting the community by providing a second chance to improve education and skills.

“Through both accredited and preaccredited training, MDLC can design skill development programs around the needs of learners to give them the most relevant skills to suit their circumstances and create new opportunities in work and life.

“It’s never too late to learn,” Janet added. As an RTO and secondary education provider, MDLC offers alternative secondary education to young people who have disengaged from the mainstream school system or who have had an interrupted education and are looking to re-connect with education to successfully complete a secondary qualification.

In addition, MDLC offers a comprehensive and flexible adult literacy program that includes reading, writing, numeracy and digital literacy. It also runs English language classes for migrants, held at Boronia Library.

A finalist at the Learn Local Awards was Leanne Fitzgerald from Coonara Community House in Upper Ferntree Gully in the Outstanding Practitioner category.