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Sunday 22 September 2019

Excellence award for Wexford Campus

Sarah Jane Doyle, Lifelong Learning Administrator; Dr. Janette Davies, Deputy Head of Campus; Joanne Kenny, Lifelong Learning Administrator; and Dr. Karen Hennessy, Head of Campus
Sarah Jane Doyle, Lifelong Learning Administrator; Dr. Janette Davies, Deputy Head of Campus; Joanne Kenny, Lifelong Learning Administrator; and Dr. Karen Hennessy, Head of Campus

Maria Pepper

The Wexford Campus of Carlow Institute of Technology has received a Public Sector Magazine Award for Excellence in the provision of part-time education courses.

Campus Deputy Head Janette Davies said the college was delighted to receive recognition for its leadership role in responding to the provision of part-time education.

'The provision of part-time lifelong learning courses is rooted in the belief that individual learning is a lifelong process', she said.

'It is particularly important in County Wexford, as the county shares, with Longford, the lowest percentage of the population in the country to have a third-level qualification.'

Ms. Davies said the college has a dedicated team whose primary aim is to help provide support and guidance for those wishing to return to education.

The Wexford campus delivered its first Higher Education programmes in 1995-96, opening with 24 students, six staff members and two full-time programmes.

It now offers a comprehensive range of full-time CAO programmes and over 40 lifelong programmes. The campus employs 80 lecturing staff and has more than 800 full and part-time students from all over the country including Galway and Donegal,with 45% of the student cohort studying part-time.

Ms. Davies said the campus has become an integral part of the fabric of County Wexford with a mission to respond to the academic, economic and cultural needs of the region.

'This is evident in the selection of courses, reflecting the importance of tourism, culture, the arts, agriculture, the seafood sector (including a Higher Diploma in Business in Aqua Business) and the growing tech sector in Wexford, along with supplying suitably qualified graduates.'

Ms. Davies said the college provides easy access to third-level education in a county with socio-economic and educational disadvantage, offering a wide range of programmes from level 6 to 9 on the NFQ framework.

Over 3,500 people have graduated from the college to date, in full and part-time programmes,and of those 90% reside in County Wexford.

Dr Karen Hennessy, Head of the Wexford Campus, said the college understands that part-time learners face many challenges that is why the courses are designed to provide maximum choice and flexibility.'We partner with industry, business, voluntary and community groups on course development, to meet the educational needs of the local and national economy.'

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