Open evening will fo­cus on part time and Spring­board cour­ses

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AN OPEN evening takes place at Wick­low County Cam­pus this month hosted by the fac­ulty of Lifelong Learn­ing to show­case their wide-range of part-time and ‘Spring­board+’ cour­ses.

At­ten­dees will get the chance to find out more about In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy Car­low and the many ben­e­fits of be­ing a stu­dent their Wick­low cam­pus. A range of in­ter­na­tion­ally-recog­nised cour­ses are on of­fer, from masters de­grees to cer­tifi­cate cour­ses, across a va­ri­ety of dis­ci­plines. They in­clude: Busi­ness; Ac­count­ing; Law; En­gi­neer­ing; Com­put­ing; Sci­ence and Health; So­cial Care; Early Child­hood Ed­u­ca­tion and Care; PR and Me­dia. Staff and cur­rent stu­dents will be present at the Open Evening to discuss the var­i­ous cour­ses in more de­tail. Em­ploy­ers will also be in at­ten­dance to discuss po­ten­tial ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties for grad­u­ates.

The part-time cour­ses avail­able are part of the In­sti­tutes’s Lifelong Learn­ing of­fer­ing, which are avail­able across its Wick­low, Car­low, or Wex­ford Cam­puses. One of the most at­trac­tive as­pects of lifelong learn­ing pro­grammes is that they are de­signed to pro­vide max­i­mum choice and flex­i­bil­ity to learn­ers.

There is the op­tion of tak­ing a full 60-credit pro­gramme in a sin­gle aca­demic year, or to pur­sue one or two pro­gramme mod­ules, grad­u­ally building up the cred­its nec­es­sary to ob­tain a ma­jor award at De­gree, Hon­ours De­gree, Higher Diploma, Post­grad­u­ate Diploma and/or Masters De­gree level.

This month’s open evening also co­in­cides with the on-go­ing re­cruit­ment of the In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy Car­low for its Spring­board+ pro­grammes com­menc­ing in Septem­ber. The Spring­board+ ini­tia­tive of­fers fully-funded FREE third-level col­lege places on a part-time ba­sis to job­seek­ers and homemak­ers, which has led to thou­sands of par­tic­i­pants re­turn­ing to the work­force through­out the coun­try.

Joseph Collins, Head of Fac­ulty Lifelong Learn­ing at In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy Car­low, said: ‘Up­skilling is about building on ex­ist­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tions and ex­pe­ri­ence and it gives all of us an opportunit­y to change ca­reers or to move to an­other level in our cur­rent ca­reers. We are ready to ac­cept ap­pli­ca­tions for cour­ses in a num­ber of ar­eas where there are real ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties and I would en­cour­age peo­ple who are el­i­gi­ble for Spring­board to con­tact us di­rectly.’

This year, ‘Spring­board+’ will pro­vide 90 per cent fund­ing for those wish­ing to study cour­ses at NFQ lev­els 7,8 and 9 to those in em­ploy­ment which pro­vides a great opportunit­y for peo­ple to up­skill on a part time ba­sis, whilst con­tin­u­ing to work and sig­nif­i­cantly re­duc­ing the cost of study.

The open day at Wick­low County Cam­pus takes place on Tuesday, June 18 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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