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Thursday 24 April 2014

ARKLOW COMMUNITY COLLEGE

This year Arklow Community College celebrates 100 years in the provision of education to the community of Arklow. This year also marks the celebration of the Abbey Community College in Wicklow and Co. Wicklow Vocational Committee itself. The start of the story for Arklow Community College began in 1905 with the establishment of Arklow Technical School, which was located in vari

This year Arklow Community College celebrates 100 years in the provision of education to the community of Arklow. This year also marks the celebration of the Abbey Community College in Wicklow and Co. Wicklow Vocational Committee itself.

The start of the story for Arklow Community College began in 1905 with the establishment of Arklow Technical School, which was located in various sites around the town e.g. The Courthouse, Marlboro Hall and in a workshop owned by Mr. L. O'Toole of Main Street. The first classes being held in the Courthouse.

Twelve subjects were offered in initial years including Cookery, Laundry Work, Dressmaking, Building Construction, Navigation, Carpentry, Machine Construction, Carpentry Theory, English, Geometric Drawing, Freehand Drawing and Mathematics.

In 1911 Arklow Technical School succeeded in purchasing a site at Marlboro Terrace. These premises were eventually opened in 1915 by the Countess of Carysford in the presence of public representatives and officers of the Department of Education.

Between 1930 and 1935 the growth of the school necessitated extra rooms and again classes were carried out at various locations around the town.

This expansion continued through the years and eventually in the early 1970s a new Vocational School was opened at the present site on the Coolgreaney Road. The school name was also eventually changed to its present title of Arklow Community College.

While many things have changed since its beginnings in 1905 it is still a feature of the College that it is open to change and development and plans are currently under way to further extend the buildings and facilities on the Coolgreaney Road. (From 'Ninety Years of Technical Education in an Irish Marine Town - The Story of Arklow Community College 1905 - 1995' by Noel O'Cleirigh).

Today an extensive range of courses andsubjects are on offer at the college.

The list of subjects at Junior and Senior Level include, Irish, English, Maths, Science, History, Geography, French, Materials Technology Woodwork, Metalwork, Home Economics, Art, Business Studies, Accountancy, Business Organisation, Technical Drawing, Technical Graphics, Engineering, Construction Studies, Biology, Physics, Computer Studies, Physical Education, Social Education, Vocational Preparation and Guidance, Enterprise Studies, Religion, Music, Environmental and Social Studies and Civic, Social and Political Studies.

At the College students can pursue the Junior Certificate Programme, Junior Certificate Schools Programme, Leaving Certificate Applied Programme, Leaving Certificate Established Programme and the Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme.

Students can also follow a number of Post Leaving Certificate Programmes including a 2-year C.I.B.T.C. and I.T.E.C. certified Beauty Therapy course, a F.E.T.A.C. Level 2 Secretarial Legal Studies course and a F.E.T.A.C. Level 2 Childcare course.

The College aims to provide a quality education for all its students by endeavouring to prepare them for the challenges of life.

All staff and management of the College would wish to express our thanks to all who have supported us over the last century and look forward to the future development of the College over the coming years.

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