History

HISTORY

We follow in the footsteps of decades of education professionals and volunteers committed to creating and providing Adult Education programs in their local communities. Macquarie Community College proudly continues the dedicated work that commenced in the 1930’s, became formalised in the 1950’s, led to our creation in the 1980’s and continues today.

Macquarie Community College was established as an independent not-for-profit entity in 1988 through the amalgamation of the Carlingford, Eastwood and North Ryde Evening Colleges.

Macquarie Community College has expanded its services and locations over the years and now serves a diverse range of communities across northern and western Sydney from its campus locations in Carlingford, Ryde, Chatswood, Richmond, and Mount Druitt – in addition to hundreds of classes delivered in other community and employer sites.

Key milestones in the history of the College

1930s

Schools and community groups started providing formal adult education classes in our communities as part of their commitment to providing opportunities for affordable post-school learning to improve literacy and numeracy and vocational skills.

1950s

The Eastwood Evening College was first established on the 24th June 1950 and quickly became the largest metropolitan community college in New South Wales.

1980s

The Macquarie Regional Evening College inc was incorporated under the Associations Act. (1986)
Macquarie Community College Incorporated was registered (1989) as a new entity following various stages of amalgamation and incorporation of the Carlingford, Eastwood and North Ryde evening colleges.
The College established the Macquarie Business Studies Centre, a specialised training division, which was aimed at providing courses relevant to businesses and employment.

1990s

The College commenced delivery of the Adult Migrant English Program in Blacktown, Mount Druitt and Ermington. (1998)
Macquarie Community College Inc. took over the operations of Chatswood Community College. (1998)
The College became a Registered Training Organisation (RTO 90033) and commenced delivery of nationally recognised qualifications. (1999)
The College negotiated ownership of the former public school site on Marsden Road Carlingford and use of the renovated heritage building The Parsonage at Top Ryde.

2000s

The College was incorporated as a public company, limited by guarantee. (2003)
The College was endorsed as a charitable institution. (2005)
The Macquarie Business Training Centre was officially opened at Thomas Street in the Chatswood CBD. (2007)

2010s

Macquarie Community College took over the operations of the former Hawkesbury Community College. (2012)
Macquarie Community College became a registered provider under the NSW Government’s Smart and Skilled program. (since 2015)
Locations expanded to include historic Brush Farm House in Eastwood and the Hawkesbury Leisure and Learning Centre in Richmond.