Emerald Campus – CQU
CQUniversity’s Emerald Campus, located inside Emerald Agricultural College campus is an open campus that encourages close working relationships between its staff and student. The campus offers study programs in the fields of Arts, Education and Business and Informatics.
The Emerald Campus offers the STEPS (Skills for Tertiary Education Preparatory Studies) to applicants who are at least 18 years of age. The program aims to assist students who want to improve their skills for employment and educational purposes. The program can be taken as a part time day or evening class over a 24-week period.
Students at the Emerald campus have access to modern classrooms, a lecture auditorium, an administration building and a student common room. The campus library is equipped with student computers, online resources and a collection of books. For students who have to work with computers after class hours, the campus provides a computer lab with coded access.
Accommodation for CQU Emerald’s students is available at the Australian Agricultural College. The facility has 150 single-study fully furnished bedrooms that are serviced weekly. Each residential block has a television, a kitchenette and a dial-in telephone service. Full laundry service is provided through coin-operated machines. Safety and security of tenants are ensured through after-hours supervision, safety lighting and nightly security patrols.
Emerald, a town in the Central Highlands district of Central Queensland is established in 1879 as a base for the Central Line from Rockhampton. Now a home to almost 14,000 people, the town is the business centre for the Central Highlands Regional Council.
Most of the Emerald’s people rely on the industries of coal-mining, beef cattle cotton growing and tourism. Among the town’s major attractions is an area known as The Gemfields that is made of two small towns, Sapphire and Rubyvale, whose names indicate the gems found in them. The sapphire fields in the Gemfields are the largest in the southern hemisphere.