Stoke on Trent College has completed a major investment in facilities in readiness for the new academic year – and has unveiled plans to do the same again in 2012.
Around £1.6 million has been spent on facilities linked to courses at the college’s Cauldon and Burslem campuses.
The new facilities and equipment are primarily focused on providing better hands on experiences on the wide range of vocational courses run by the college.
They include investment in green energy technology such as solar panels and ground source heat pumps to assist construction students on the college’s new renewable energy courses and a new fitness training laboratory at the Cauldon campus. Shelton, to assist with the teaching of sports science.
“Stoke on Trent College has invested £1.6m in new equipment and facilities in 2011 and is pleased to announce a further £1.7 million investment in 2012,” said Stoke on Trent College Principal Sarah Robinson.
“The college’s primary aim is to provide vocational courses which result in jobs and our investment is firmly focused on providing the most up to the minute facilities for our students.
“It is essential that we have industry standard equipment and the latest technology to train our students to be a real asset to potential employers.”
Other areas to gain from new investment include:
- State of the art recording and editing facilities for the college’s media students
- Improved beauty therapy facilities
- Up-graded IT equipment
- A new sprung dance floor and investment in new cameras, lighting and sound equipment for performing arts students.
Enrolment is now underway for courses starting in September. Full details of all full and part-time courses, including those new for 2011/12, are available on the college website at www.stokecoll.ac.uk.
The website also provides information about potential financial help for students through the college’s own Discretionary Maintenance Allowance for 16-18 learners and its new Fee Bursary Scheme for Adults which is available to new applicants until 31 August, 2011.