About Us | Parramatta College

About Us |

Part of the Parramatta and Western Sydney community since 1986

Parramatta Community College has been at the forefront of community education in the region since 1986. We are for social purpose (not-for-profit), a Registered Training Organisation (RTO 90276), and a member of Community Colleges Australia. We focus not only on quality education for all, but also on ensuring that our training is accessible.

We educate for life. This means we provide adult education opportunities that includes developing personal interests, through to upskilling or reskilling for work and career. The College also provides part or fully funded training for community members that may be facing barriers to training.

Flexible, accessible and focused on delivering important life skills to the community, the College delivers courses that benefits our community in the following areas:

  • Leisure and Life
  • Computer Training
  • Professional Development
  • Qualifications/Skills Sets
  • Languages – including English

At the heart of our mission is a commitment to transforming lives and uplifting communities in Western Sydney. Through meticulously crafted learning programs that encompass both accredited qualifications and enriching leisure activities, we have successfully empowered individuals from disadvantaged and poverty-stricken backgrounds ranging from members facing financial barriers to those affected by domestic violence or mental health.

By fostering a sense of community engagement, our initiatives have not only opened doors to professional advancement and meaningful employment but have also bridged cultural divides, creating a tapestry of inclusivity within our diverse community. Our efforts have not only shortened learning barriers but have also catalysed positive change for businesses in our local areas.

We have also given back to various community organisations in Western Sydney through charitable donations by providing:
• Free after-school programs for families living in housing commissions
• Free art classes to senior citizens
• Free Tech Savvy programs for seniors so they become digitally inclusive
• Gift cards to youth centres

We will continue to make a lasting impact, providing support, education, and opportunities for a brighter, more connected future. Together, we are building a stronger, more vibrant community for all.

Why Choose The Parramatta College?

  • Multi-award winning education service provider with almost 40 years experience
  • Not for profit
  • Locally based training for those who live or work in Western Sydney
  • Quality trainers and facilities
  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Flexible and custom training programs

Parramatta Community College Board of Directors

Alex Florio

Alex Florio has worked in various roles within the financial services industry. Alex currently works in Australia’s most recent start up Life Insurer. Alex has a Graduate Certificate of Applied Finance and is about to graduate her Masters in Applied Finance at Western Sydney University.

Stephen Jenkins

Stephen Jenkins is a Partner of MadisonMarcus law Firm specialising in Intellectual Property and Commercial Law. Stephen has over 30 years of practice experience having previously been the Managing Partner of Matthews Folbigg, for five years, being a law firm of in excess of 75 staff. Stephen holds a Bachelor of Laws from University of Technology Sydney, is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a member of the Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand. Stephen’s Board roles include seven years as a Board member of the Westmead Medical Research Foundation with three years as Chair of the Finance and Risk Committee. Stephen presently holds a Board position with Permadec a formwork and construction company in the civil contracting industry. Stephen has been a director of the College since 2016.

Luke Magee

Luke Magee has worked internationally as an IT consultant throughout Australia the UK and Switzerland. He has dealt with the complex requirements of SMEs, multinational corporations, and Government department’s delivering innovative and industry best practice solutions. Luke’s formal qualifications include BEc, MBA, GAICD. Luke has been a director of the College since 2019.

Mike Smith

Mike is a founding partner of Smith Hancock , Chartered Accountants , which has operated in Parramatta since being established in 1994. He has over 35 years of experience dealing with corporate insolvency and business reconstruction. Mike has a Bachelor of Economics from The Australian National University and is a Chartered Accountant. Mike has been a director of the College since 2020.

Sue Walsh

Sue is a System and School Learning Consultant and has led a system of schools, with 45,000 students and 5,000 teachers while holding the positions of Deputy Executive Director of Schools and Director of Learning until 2019. Sue is now a keynote speaker at National and International Conferences as an education expert. Sue’s recent engagements include working with Auckland University and has just co-developed and launched the Clarity Learning Suite an online professional learning suite for teachers and leaders. Sue is a proponent of continuing education and has recently graduated from Cambridge University completing their Advanced Leadership Program. Sue currently serves on a number of NFP Boards and Advisory committees and became a director at the College in 2020.

George Bousamra

With over ten years of experience in the education sector, George is able to form strategic partnerships to benefit the college and the community. He believes creating an exceptional student experience is imperative to inducing a high-performance learning environment. Commercially driven and innovative, as an experienced Director, Board Member, trusted Adviser and Public Speaker, George’s proven government and corporate expertise to engage, influence and manage stakeholders, build high-value collaborative partnerships and form international alliances. With a diverse professional network, a passion for improving public policy and experience in implementing innovative ICT solutions, George helps people process and accept changes in their environment by developing succinct messages, reaching out to key stakeholders, creating risk management plans and monitoring results.

Monique Knight – CEO

Monique Knight is the CEO of Parramatta Community College and has been with the organisation for 6 years. She has over 13 years of experience in managing another very successful registered training organisation, The Hair and Beauty Academy in Penrith. Monique is also a keen student herself having experienced all sides of education. She holds a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and a Certificate IV in Business.

Merven Virueda – Marketing and Programs Manager

Merven has an eclectic work experience with over 20 years in marketing, sales and entertainment industries. He’s a passionate and creative marketer who has helped various businesses maximise their ROI and lead generation. Merven has worked with various organisations which include hotels, home builders, educational services, NGOs, FMCG, nightclubs / pubs, and e-commerce. Merven’s formal qualifications include a Bachelor of Marketing from The Australian Catholic University and an Advanced Diploma of Music Industry Business from NSW TAFE. Merven is also a 2023 City of Parramatta Citizen of the Year Finalist because he’s helped imrpove the personal and professional development of countless members of the Western Sydney Community with various learning opportunities in the education sector.

Glen Coates – Quality Assurance and Compliance Manager

Glen has a refined business acumen and detailed knowledge of the Hospitality and Educational industry including AQF, NVR, AQTF and VET. He has been a Director of Studies within several established RTO’s and the COO & Principal of an RTO strengthening the company’s performance targets and financial budgets through, development and delivery of high-quality products and services. Glen’s formal qualifications are Graduate Certificate in Management, Diploma of Quality Auditing, Diploma of Vocational Education and Training, he is also a MAICD, FIML, AMAMI and a JP.

Awards & Recognition

  • Winner of the “Most Outstanding Education Service” category at the Parramatta Local Business Awards 2021, 2017, and Finalist in 2018, 2022, 2023
  • Finalist at the 2021 NSW Training Awards for "VET Trainer / Teacher of the Year"
  • Finalist at the Western Sydney Awards for Business Excellence (WSABE) for “Excellence in Education, Training & Careers” in 2021, 2022
  • Finalist at the Western Sydney Awards for Business Excellence (WSABE) for “Outstanding Business Leader” in 2023
  • Finalist at the Zest Awards for “Exceptional Community Partnership in an LGA” in 2017, 2022, 2023
  • Finalist at the Community Colleges Australia Student of the Year Award in 2017 (Student: Dimitri Galouzis)
  • Finalist at the Community Colleges Australia Student of the Year Award in 2022 (Student: Tracy Keenan)
  • Finalist at the Community Colleges Australia Student of the Year Award in 2017 (Student: Elan Bacas)

Not for Profit Organisation

We are a Not-for-profit organisation and as such we are registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC). Parramatta Community College operates for social purpose as a not-for-profit organisation. This means that the fee from every course you book with us is reinvested back into the College, so that we can continue providing quality adult learning opportunities for you and your community.

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Contact us

Suite 1, Level 1,
410 Church Street
North Parramatta
NSW 2151

Phone: (02) 9687 2072
Email: admin@pcc.edu.au

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