Col­lege merger has ‘over­whelm­ing’ sup­port

Accrington Observer - - THE LAUGHING BADGER -

AC­CRING­TON and Rossendale Col­lege has com­bined with Nel­son and Colne Col­lege after the pro­pos­als re­ceived ‘over­whelm­ing’ sup­port from the pub­lic.

Bosses say the merger into a sin­gle col­lege will of­fer the ‘high­est qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion for all’ and make them ‘fi­nan­cially ro­bust’.

Cur­rent and prospec­tive stu­dents will see no im­pact on their study or ex­ist­ing ap­pli­ca­tion as a re­sult of the merger.

A pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion was held ear­lier this year with the ‘over­whelm­ing ma­jor­ity of re­sponses be­ing in favour of the united or­gan­i­sa­tion’.

Amanda Mel­ton, prin­ci­pal of NCC, said the com­bined in­sti­tu­tion will of­fer ‘ex­cep­tional skills, vo­ca­tional and oc­cu­pa­tional train­ing, sixth form and adult com­mu­nity pro­vi­sion’.

She said: “We are now look­ing for­ward to build­ing on the strengths of both col­leges to en­sure the high­est qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion and tech­ni­cal skills for all, as well as out­stand­ing achieve­ments and em­ploy­ment out­comes for stu­dents. By merg­ing, NCC and A&RC will be able to de­liver a growth of pro­vi­sion, a stronger fi­nan­cial fu­ture, and a highly skilled fu­ture work­force for the re­gion.”

Ac­cring­ton and Rossendale Col­lege is merg­ing with Nel­son and Colne Col­lege

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