Students who study at our Portland campus will benefit from learning at one of the state's premium training facilities. The Portland Campus offers a wide variety of innovative training and educational programs that have been implemented to support the needs of the industries and individuals of the local community.
Our teachers are industry experts who know what employers value. Teaching and administration staff are easily accessible and are always willing to provide the support and guidance needed to ensure each student gets the most from their studies.
Whether you are wanting to develop existing skills and knowledge to support you in career advancement, or if you want to obtain new skills, South West TAFE has a variety of courses designed to support you achieve your goals.
In August 2010, the Portland campus underwent an impressive $5.2 million dollar upgrade and expansion. The campus now boasts sophisticated maritime instruments, commercial grade hospital equipment, a hairdressing salon, an automotive workshop, pneumatics and hydraulics mobile training aids, and a simulated kindergarten playground.
Our new facilities and equipment have allowed us to become an integral part of the Portland community and enabled our students to learn on-the-job skills using the latest technology. VicRoads have also established a training pad onsite, which is used for motorcycle licence testing.
From the Engineering department to the Computer Classrooms, equipment and software is frequently updated to ensure that South West TAFE students develop their knowledge and skills using the latest methods and the most up to date technology available.
The atmosphere at the Campus is both friendly and inviting. The Teaching and administration staff are easily accessible and are always willing to provide the support and guidance needed to ensure each student gets the most from their studies.
The story of the Portland campus began with the establishment of the Portland Technical College. Then, following amalgamation in 1987 with Warrnambool and Hamilton Technical Colleges, in 1988 the campus was relocated to the existing site on Hurd Street. The new facilities included a metals training shed, administration office and general-purpose classroom.
From 1995 - 1999 the facilities were upgraded and expanded to create new classrooms, student amenities, administration offices, computer laboratories, a library, video conferencing facilities, and an electrotechnology laboratory. Beyond this the Campus has continued to grow: the first decade of the 21st century has seen a number of notable developments including a Computer Numerical Control Technology Centre, the introduction of automotive, building, maritime and plastics training, and a horticultural studies compound.
In 2009 the Portland Campus celebrated its 21st birthday and was rewarded with a record intake of students.