TWO new courses have been added to the course catalogue for students studying at Wagga's Charles Sturt University.
Associate professor Jenny Kent said the new additions have been selected after the university sought community feedback, which identified the skill and knowledge gaps.
The co-creation process had the university consult with six regional communities, including Wagga, where participants suggested on focus on community resilience and health and human services.
The university has since launched the Graduate Certificate in Community Leadership and Resilience and a Graduate Certificate in Case Management and Coordinated Care on Tuesday, which will be made available from March next year.
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"The Graduate Certificate in Case Management and Coordinated Care is designed for people working in the field such as children and family welfare service, aged care or the justice system. Many clients in case management don't fit in one box so people need to be able to get creative, advocate and navigate the complex system," she said.
"And for the Graduate Certificate in Community Leadership and Resilience, people who could be interested - and have shown an interest - are those working in community development areas such as local councils, non-government or non-for-profit sector."
Course director Therese Jones-Mutton said the courses have widespread appeal, catering for workers across multiple industries.
"We have designed a course because people need generic skills these days and these courses really capture a range of disciplines," she said.
They are busy and have a lot going on in their lives and these courses will be attractive to people working full-time with families. The opportunity to have bite-size pieces of study is really important.Therese Jones-Mutton
Ms Jones-Mutton said the community engagement made the university aware of the way people want to consume information.
"People want small chunks of learning, affordable, but something at the end," she said.
"They are busy and have a lot going on in their lives and these courses will be attractive to people working full-time with families. The opportunity to have bite-size pieces of study is really important."
The courses are piloting micro-subjects, which can be completed individually or stacked towards gaining the qualification.
"We have had some interest from organisation who are encouraging their staff to use this as professional development rather than going off and doing some type of training," she said.
"It is useful because there is a lot of training out there, but not all leads to certification.
"This way allows people to stack their subjects so, it has a university qualification by the end of it."
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