With the Murray River Study Hub now complete, a second stage of upgrades at Murray Bridge's TAFE campus is about to begin.
More courses will be soon be made available to local students after the completion of the new facilities - including a four-bed aged and disability care skills lab, a replica childcare centre, upgraded metal fabrication workshops, and a more flexible space for hospitality courses - by the time semester one starts next month.
Second screens have been added to each PC in the campus' computer rooms, and extra PCs have been brought in, for students looking to enrol in screen and media courses.
A second videoconferencing room will allow students to engage with tutors in Adelaide or elsewhere.
Long and short courses in everything from small business to wine tasting will also be offered locally for the first time this year.
The Swanport Road-facing Bywaters-Beaton Building will be demolished within weeks to make way for broad lawns and more welcoming outdoor spaces, and to clear the way for any additional facilities which may be needed in future.
More outbuildings have already been knocked down on the northern side of the campus, near Murray Bridge's police station, to make way for a garden and quiet area.
An open day will be held when the works are finished.
Regional manager Sarah Lance said 2020 was going to be a great year at the Murray Bridge TAFE campus.
"The new learning spaces created from this development will reinvigorate the campus and have a positive impact on students, staff and the wider community," she said.
"The study hub is a fantastic new development with new student kitchen facilities, library, study areas and new computing and video conferencing spaces."
"It's an exciting time, with so much activity on campus, and we are really looking forward to more education and training opportunities being created from this development."
She reiterated that the study hub was open to all students in the Murraylands who needed a quiet place to get some work done, not just those enrolled at TAFE or either of the hub's two partner universities, thanks to the Murray Bridge council, Regional Development Australia and other partners.
"Things have been changing in TAFE," she said.
"Regional communities need training, but (students) can't necessarily leave the workplace or leave town.
"It's about being able to train people while they're still in their environment."
Ultimately she hoped the Murray Bridge campus would someday be able to attract international students, perhaps even by providing on-site accommodation.