A fierce determination to keep educating students has seen a Gold Coast language school expand to a new premises, despite the global pandemic impacting international student numbers on the Gold Coast.
The Language Academy today officially opened their new learning hub at Oasis Broadbeach, which features 14 classrooms with smart-board technology, a computer lab, recreation areas and a library.
The school originally began as a night-time Spanish language tutoring service, with Founder Pablo Carpio working out of accountant’s office in Burleigh after hours before moving to a space in Mermaid Beach in 2016.
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Now, The Language Academy offers courses in eight languages, including English.
While expansion plans were put on hold when the pandemic first hit, Founder Pablo Carpio said he was determined to keep educating students.
“We only went to online learning for less than a month and [then] we were back in our Mermaid location complying with COVID-19 regulations,” Mr Carpio said.
Pablo and his team then successfully applied for government funding to enhance their online learning platforms, which allowed the school to teach international students in their home countries as they wait to enter Australia.
“This has been very successful in attracting and retaining enrolments for the courses by impressing the point of difference of the school to students, particularly in a market that has been hit heavily by the global pandemic,” Mr Carpio said.
Mayor Tom Tate said he was always delighted to see businesses thrive and prosper.
“My congratulations to Pablo, the city has been built by people like him who are willing to take a risk and have a go,” he said.
Mr Tate said businesses like The Language Academy contribute to the multi-cultural diversity of the coast.
“Gold Coasters are very multi-national. Over 25 percent of the people of the Gold Coast are born overseas, and half of that are born from countries who do not speak English as their first language.”