New era for North Connaught College as new Principal joins
On January 8th, James Hardiman took the reins as Principal of North Connaught College.
Having previously spent almost ten years as the Deputy Principal in St. Mary's College, Ballisodare, this is a new challenge.
"The fact that I'm now dealing with adults is different but correspondence is also similar to that of young adults," he told The Sligo Champion.
He continued: "The big difference is that I'm not in the classroom now and I don't get to interact with students in that way but I'm out and about around the college and I get to meet people that way.
"For example, last week we had a 'Wellness Week' here and that was organised by the classes and I'm getting to know the students that way."
James is eager to continue the college's good work in the community, and he wants the caring environment to be as strong as ever during his tenure.
"I want to continue the college the way it is. It's a community and a caring environment. You're dealing with adults here and some of these adults have been out of education for 10-20 years.
"I want to maintain the caring environment and make North Connaught College a stronger institute for further education."
North Connaught College offers full-time courses and part-time evening courses. New modules are constantly being added.
"Tubbercurry is a great location, not just for Sligo but for people in Roscommon, Mayo and Leitrim.
"We offer courses in beauty, the health sector/nursing and business and IT.
"We want to further research new courses and if we can provide them here then great. Change is always going to happen so we have to embrace that.
"We want to embrace the good things here and adapt to change if we need to."
There are currently 150 students attending full-time courses, with 90 taking part in night-time courses, for which there is a waiting list.
"I'm looking forward to the adventure - my whole ethos is to work hard, be a good listener, do what's right for the staff, students and the community.
"I'd love to increase the link we have with the community here. We have a facility here and it's for the community too.
"We don't sit here in isolation, we are a community and we are part of the community here in Tubbercurry."
North Connaught College Tubbercurry is hosting its open evening on Thursday, 1st March, from 3-6pm for PLC and VTOS courses. School leavers and adults are all welcome.
Teachers, Guidance Counsellor, Student Support Tutor and current students will be available to deal with any queries or questions that you may have.
There will be taster sessions in some of the various courses e.g Beauty Therapy, IT/Business, Childcare, Nursing and Healthcare.
Further details on our website www.northconnaughtcollege.net or on Facebook www.facebook.com/northconnaughtcollege or ring us on (071) 9185035.