TWELVE months on from the historic merger between CQUniversity and CQ TAFE, the Gladstone region has new and expanding opportunities for locals to skill up, re-skill and to achieve their dream career.

That was the message from CQUniversity Associate Vice-Chancellor (Gladstone Region) Professor Owen Nevin shared with industry, business and community supporters at a lunch to celebrate the first anniversary of Queensland's first comprehensive university today.

"Because of the merger, we now have 30,000 students across all our locations, with 300 programs from short courses and certificates, right through to degrees and doctoral study," Professor Nevin said.  

"Before last year, CQUniversity was proud of our record for students who were the first in their family to go to university."

"Now more than ever, study with CQUniversity is accessible to a huge variety of people in our region - and with opportunities like short courses, and pre-vocational certificates, and diplomas embedded within our degrees, there have never been more pathways into further study."

"CQUniversity is vocational in the true sense of the word - not just our apprentices, trainees and diploma students, but right through our degrees and research, we are focused on the relevant sector, and preparing our students to be a dynamic part of their industry," he said.

The lunch followed a successful TAFE Drop-In Day on Tuesday afternoon, with dozens of people visiting CQUniversity Gladstone City on Derby St to find out about their vocational study options in Term 2.

MILESTONE: CQU University (Gladstone Region) Professor Owen Nevin addresses the university's merger anniversary lunch in the Leo Zussino Building on July 1.
MILESTONE: CQU University (Gladstone Region) Professor Owen Nevin addresses the university's merger anniversary lunch in the Leo Zussino Building on July 1. CONTRIBUTED

CQUniversity is still taking enrolments for a range of Certificate and Diploma courses to start later this month.

CQUniversity Vice-Chancellor Professor Scott Bowman said the anniversary of the merger gave Central Queensland communities a chance to see that TAFE opportunities were strong and growing.

"Whether it's pre-vocational courses, or essential training for apprentices and trainees, or a chance for local people to up-skill or re-skill for new jobs, TAFE is a vibrant part of the CQUniversity family," Professor Bowman said.

"Our offerings have expanded to include in-demand practical courses like Security Operations and Laboratory Skills, as well as a range of short courses for the community, and new streamlined pathways into further study."  

CQUniversity's merger with CQ TAFE was supported by $73.8 million in Federal Government funding, and $120 in Queensland Government assets.

Visit cqu.edu.au/study to explore your study options, from health, business, education and beauty, to engineering, trades, and pre-apprenticeship opportunities.