Sligo's St Angela's believes children should start thinking about education as early as possible.
As part of College Awareness Week 2015, which runs until next Sunday, 29 November, St. Angela's College are working with children as young as three and four years of age to encourage them to start thinking about third level.
Pre-schoolers from Miss Rachel's Montessori School Sligo will creatively express their interpretation of third level. The children will create a pathway of their own individual footprints representing the journey to third level. They are also producing their own individual college ID cards, graduation caps and enjoying 'creative story time' whereby they imagine their future career.
Carol Carty, Regional College Awareness Week Co-ordinator said: "It is important to start planting the seeds of the endless possibilities which education offers to students from as early an age as possible.
"We are delighted to be part of a nationwide campaign to promote the importance of post-secondary education. There are a multitude of options out there and College Awareness Week encourages people of all ages to consider further education to be part of their future."
In addition, students from a number of local primary and secondary schools are also participating in the workshops being conducted by the Access Schools Programme at St Angela's College. The workshops will include career guidance, study skills, promoting positive communication skills, self-esteem, stress management, and artistic interpretations of what third level life represents.
College Awareness Week aims to inspire and inform all students about the importance of having a post-secondary education plan. It advocates for students to have the choice to pursue the course best suited to their interests, abilities and future plans, whether that is a PLC qualification, an apprenticeship or a university degree. Last year, 363 events took place in schools, higher educational institutes, community centres and libraries. The 2015 campaign is expected to bring even more participants on board, with an increase in events and a strong focus on communities where participation in Higher Education remains below average.