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MCC hosts City of Ryde Mayor, Jerome Laxale

MCC hosts City of Ryde Mayor, Jerome Laxale

Macquarie Community College was delighted to host a visit from Cr Jerome Laxale, the Mayor of Ryde, when he visited us on Tuesday 13 March.

Mr Laxale met with Macquarie Community College’s CEO, Theresa Collignon, and the College Leadership Team for broad-ranging discussions about deeper collaboration between Council and the College to meet the needs of individuals and organisations in the City of Ryde.

City of Ryde residents, including seniors as well as owners and employees of small businesses in the Ryde local Government area (LGA) can enrol in a broad range of courses run at MCC’s campuses in Top Ryde, Eastwood and Carlingford, some of which are subsidised by the NSW Government. Courses include learning English, Aged Care, Child Care, Tech Savvy for Small Business, Tech Savvy for Seniors, Digital Literacy and a huge range of affordable short courses in leisure and self improvement.

Mr Laxale had the chance to meet and greet some of the College’s teachers and students. As a migrant with a French speaking background, Jerome was able to share his support and insight with our students participating in the specialised English language programs run at MCC.

Plans to Tackle Youth Unemployment

The College was also excited to hear about the recent announcement of the Council’s commitment to tackle the above-average rates of youth unemployment in the City of Ryde.

According to the City of Ryde, "Statistics from the 2016 Census show that 14.7% of Ryde residents aged 15 to 24 years of age are unemployed, which is a higher rate than levels in neighbouring local government areas such as Willoughby (11.5%) and Strathfield (14%), and only slightly lower than Parramatta (14.9%)*".

Macquarie Community College stands ready to work with Council, other NGOs and employers to meet this need with our career training programs.

For more information on how our courses can help you further your career, visit