CEDAR Centre

Community is what we do

Education is a tool we use

Previously known as Toowoomba Education Centre, the organisation now offers a range of qualifications as a Registered Training Provider (No. 5987) from Certificate I through to Diploma level qualifications in Aged Care, Disability, Early Childhood, Education Support, Community Services, Mental Health, Business Administration, Foundation Skills and Hospitality. 

We specialise in collaborative partnerships designed to assist our diverse community members to achieve their goals and maintain sustainable and meaningful interactions through education, employment and community engagement.

 

Our premises, in the former Butter Factory in Brook St Toowoomba provide welcoming spaces that support us achieve our mission:

 

To facilitate and support a culture of ongoing

learning and evolution of ideas.

1976 – Toowoomba Education Centre (TEC) is established at Baker Street, next to McGregor College (after a short time operating from the rear of Toowoomba South School)

1979 – The old Principal’s residence from Glenvale school is relocated to Baker street, known as the “White House” in memory of Pat White-Davison’s contribution

1982 – Having outgrown our buildings, the former Methodist Church at Drayton is relocated to our Baker Street complex and becomes the Maths Centre.

1986 – Further extensions are required with a double classroom block from Middle Ridge School relocated and added to the complex. Several other buildings are also built over time including the “Handley Room”(the Resource Centre), the Printery and Office.

1999-2001 renovations commence, including an exterior deck area.

2010 – We are successful in securing funding to build two further training rooms

2015 – TEC changes its name to CEDAR Centre and becomes a not-for-profit organisation and celebrates its 40th Birthday

2016 – We move from Baker Street Complex to our new home in the old butter factory in Brook Street. 

Education centres across Queensland were initially federally funded and administered to address the Commonwealth’s education agenda. These centres benefited from funding and support by the Department of Education and were found primarily on site within school premises. In some cases, staff salaries were also departmentally funded. This arrangement worked well for many years, however departmental support and funding was gradually withdrawn. Despite this, education centres remain a valuable resource due to both the range of services offered and their support to the school and wider community. As a result, education centres continue to operate with an entrepreneurial approach to generating income to fund their diverse community operations.

CEDAR Centre (then Toowoomba Education Centre) first began delivering nationally accredited VTEC (Vocational Training and Education Courses) in 1997. This first venture into this field-provided training resulted in over 420 teacher aides in Certificate III in Education. From this beginning, CEDAR Centre now provides development, training, resources and materials to community organisations, industry and business.

While our strengths lie in the ability to adapt quickly to changing circumstances, and provide well organised, efficient infrastructure and support to our clients, CEDAR Centre truly prides itself on being a community organisation. CEDAR Centre endeavours to support a number of local events and initiatives in our community each year. We have been major sponsors of the Kath Dickson Awards, and have also been associated with Austcare and Refugee Week for a number of years. We look forward to continuing to provide our high quality services to our community for many years to come. 

Doing the right thing,
at the right time.

15

TRAINERS

330

STUDENTS

47

COURSES

10

YEARS

01. Experience

Our team of trainers have experience in the field, workforce and the classroom. This ensures you have the best chance of employment and a high level of confidence in your workplace once your studies are completed.

02. Heart

We are here to facilitate growth. Our team support Cedar Centre students in their learning journey in order for them to flourish in their designated field. We are a learning community that is empowered, sustainable and compassionate.

03. Growth

We support our students to overcome any obstacles to pursue making a difference in their local community. Goals are achievable and worthwhile, giving students the stepping stones to empower and develop.

04. Learning

Learning doesn't just happen in the classroom. We work with students in their lifelong learning and evolution of ideas. Every moment we live is an opportunity to learn - our team train students how to always keep learning.