All about col­lege at the Cam­pus

Gorey Guardian - - NEWS - By MARIA PEP­PER

The Wex­ford Cam­pus of IT Car­low went back to school to pro­mote the ben­e­fits of third level ed­u­ca­tion as part of Col­lege Aware­ness Week.

The cam­pus stepped up its schools’ out­reach ef­forts by or­gan­is­ing numer­ous in­for­ma­tion vis­its by staff and stu­dents to sec­ond level schools across the county.

Col­lege Aware­ness Week is a na­tional cam­paign aimed at pro­mot­ing the ed­u­ca­tional, so­cial and eco­nomic ben­e­fits of go­ing to col­lege.

The Wex­ford cam­pus which was es­tab­lished 23 years ago also em­braced the ini­tia­tive by hold­ing an Open Day and in­vited stu­dents, par­ents, teach­ers and ca­reers guid­ance coun­cil­lors into the col­lege to tour the fa­cil­i­ties, meet lec­tur­ers and at­tend talks on the var­i­ous cour­ses on of­fer.

The cam­pus of­fers a wide va­ri­ety of de­grees such as Sus­tain­able Farm Man­age­ment, Ap­plied So­cial Stud­ies, Early Child­hood, Cre­ative com­put­ing, Vis­ual Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Art, De­sign, Busi­ness, Tourism and Event Man­age­ment.

There was an en­thu­si­as­tic re­sponse from County Wex­ford stu­dents to the out­reach ini­tia­tive, ac­cord­ing to Head of Cam­pus Dr. Karen Hen­nessy.

‘Dur­ing Col­lege Aware­ness week, over 500 stu­dents from a range of schools in­clud­ing the Pre­sen­ta­tion, St. Peters Col­lege, Coláiste Bríde, the CBS and Sel­skar Col­lege vis­ited the Wex­ford Cam­pus here in Sum­mer­hill Road’, she said.

‘It was a great op­por­tu­nity for them to find out about the de­gree cour­ses that are avail­able to them and to learn about the ben­e­fits that a higher ed­u­ca­tion can pro­vides in their lives.’

The Wex­ford Cam­pus of Car­low IT was es­tab­lished in 1995 and has risen to be­come the largest provider of third level ed­u­ca­tion for Wex­ford’s more than 5,000 stu­dents with an es­ti­mated 20% of the county’s stu­dent pop­u­la­tion en­rolled at the In­sti­tute.

Re­cently, over 200 grad­u­ates were con­ferred with qual­i­fi­ca­tions at this year’s con­fer­ring cer­e­mony.

Lor­raine Galvin (Cre­ative Com­put­ing), Sel­skar Col­lege stu­dent Aine Car­roll and Mairead Car­roll, and Re­becca Can­ning. Aine Dun­phy, Ciara Mur­phy, Philip Byrne and Lau­ren Mur­ray from WCFC New Ross.

Dr Jeanette Davies (sec­ond from left) with – from left – Sharon Mur­phy, Oisin Byrne, Dayna Bradley-Keenan and Ciara Bren­nan, from Cu­mas New Ross. Lec­turer Stephen Whe­lan­with Wil­liam and Vi­o­let Nolan.

Ed­mund Joyce and Julie Mul­li­gan with Pre­sen­ta­tion Wex­ford stu­dents, Laura Ka­vanagh, Chloe For­tune and Jes­sica Quaid at the Tourism and Event Man­age­ment dis­play. Coláiste Bríde En­nis­cor­thy stu­dents Sarah Cos­grave, Zoe Evans and (on right) Chloe Mit­ten, with Chloe Ma­hony and Chloe Bates.

Ni­cola Mur­phy from Kil­davin with lec­turer Patrick Mor­gan.

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