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Noosa’s educational gem set to sparkle across Sunshine Coast region

Noosa’s educational gem set to sparkle across Sunshine Coast region

Published:16 March 2017

CQUni Noosa’s new Head of Campus, Teressa Schmidt, who can draw on nearly two decades of experience in the adult and vocational education field.

With the rapid growth and expansion of health and education industries on the Sunshine Coast, CQUniversity Noosa campus offers a niche range of programs and a boutique style of well-supported and personalised delivery options to suit the diverse needs of the growing population.

That’s according to CQUni Noosa’s new Head of Campus, Teressa Schmidt, who can draw on nearly two decades of experience in the adult and vocational education field.

“CQUni Noosa is perfectly positioned to provide a comprehensive range of programs across the Sunshine Coast Region,” Ms Schmidt says.

“As a destination, Noosa offers an opportunity for both international and domestic students to combine study and play, and the current exponential growth of the Sunshine Coast region offers increasing employment opportunities. 

“CQUniversity Noosa offers programs in Nursing, Midwifery, Creative Industries, Arts and Education which are highly regarded in the industry, providing real career benefits to graduates.  It’s also a vibrant hub for Social Work residential schools, and provides resources and services to support students studying a broad range of courses in a distance mode. 

“The University is continuing to engage with industry, community and education partners in Noosa and the broader Sunshine Coast region, from Caboolture to Gympie, to develop collaborative relationships and provide seamless and flexible pathways from school to further education and employment.

“To complement this initiative, the Noosa campus is expanding its Vocational Education and Training offerings - it already offers a Diploma of Nursing and Certificate III in Individual Support (Aged Care) - and is continuing to provide the STEPS preparatory program via distance and on-campus options.”

Ms Schmidt says CQUniversity Noosa provides a central hub for creative education and arts professional practice in the region and promotes local established and emerging artists through an extensive calendar of exhibitions and showcases. 

“With high profile and world-renowned academics and researchers, the campus is also attracting increasing numbers of Higher Degree Research students, both domestic and International,” she says.

“Many research projects have the potential to gain wide recognition, further promoting the Sunshine Coast and Noosa as a unique and attractive location for education. “

Ms Schmidt has held various positions in TAFE and has undertaken research and course development work for both public and private organisations across Australia and the Pacific.

She has worked as a sessional lecturer and tutor at Griffith University and is currently completing a PhD.

Her research interests are in adult and vocational education, VET (Vocational Education and Training) teacher education and skills development, instructional design, workforce development and workplace learning.