Connected - wherever they roam
24 September 2010
Kangan Institute students, staff and visitors can plug themselves into the information super highway the minute they visit any campus, thanks to a new initiative funded by the commonwealth government.
The Wireless LAN project was officially launched last week by Kangan Institute general manager Peter Harrison.
Funded through the Teaching and Learning Capital Fund (TLCF) for vocational education and training, the $2,708,627 initiative has established on-campus network services across all eight Kangan Institute campuses.
Peter said the project was an important step in creating more progressive and modern training facilities for students.
"This really brings us up to, and perhaps well above, world class standards in terms of student facilities, and that's across all of our eight campuses," he said.
"Now our students and staff have access to wireless coverage in all classrooms, staff rooms, student common rooms and external spaces. This project has turned all indoor and outdoor spaces at Kangan Institute into new wireless learning areas."
Learning has certainly come a long way in recent years, with the availability of information and the flexibility of study options providing significant steps forward in skills development.
Long gone are the days when school work was all about encyclopaedias and lugging massive tomes about in a backpack straining at the seams.
"Now, with this new project, our students have the library of the world at their fingertips," Peter said.
"Our fashion students can research a seamless garment manufacturer's methods in Italy.
Millinery students can network with industry representatives at the click of a mouse.
And, of course, everyone can stay in touch anytime, wherever they roam over our eight campuses."