Learning hub closes its doors

Vacant space: Rouse Hill’s Learn2 hub will close after five years.LEARN2 will close after five years of community learning support at Rouse Hill Town Centre.
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The Rouse Hill Learning and Community Partnership was established in 2008 with seed funding from partners GPT and Lend Lease to develop the non-profit, independent hub for small business and workplace training, computer and other education courses.

Chairman Jon Isaacs said a shift in education delivery had affected the sustainability of the partnership.

“Since opening there has been a fundamental shift in the way education is delivered, including a real move towards online-based learning, which has impacted community-based learning initiatives such as Learn2,” he said.

“The decision to close the hub was very difficult but such changes in the education landscape mean that Learn2 is not sustainable in the long term.”

The New Rouse Hill won a national award for Social and Community Planning in 2010 with Learn2 at the heart of its submission. At the time about 70 people walked through the doors of the learning hub each week.

In October last year Learn2 manager Keith Milne told the News that the hub faced closure if it did not become sustainable, and that more people needed to walk through the doors for that to occur.

Mr Isaacs said the number of learning outcomes achieved at Learn2 had been steady year on year since 2008.

“Since opening, we have worked closely with our partners to deliver a range of programs to support the community, such as youth mentoring, supporting women to return to work and IT training — a legacy which has seeded other learning enterprises within the Rouse Hill Town Centre,” he said.

Mr Isaacs said surplus funds would be allocated to like minded non-profit organisations and the Learn2 space would remain available.

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