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Wiltshire College outlines strategy at centre opening
9:22am Tuesday 1st October 2013 in News
Wiltshire College outlined its aims for the next three years during a presentation last Thursday, including attracting more students through it doors.
The college’s principal Di Dale and chair of governors Helen Birchenough unveiled their strategic plan at their Trowbridge campus.
“Education is constantly changing and the goalposts are always moving but we are happy with things going forward,” said Mrs Birchenough.
“The college intends to build on its strengthening financial position, continue its ambitious estate redevelopment proposals and ensure that Wiltshire College is the first choice destination for learners in our county.”
One of their goals is to get national recognition and Mrs Di Dale believes modernising campuses, such as the ongoing programme at their Trowbridge campus, will help the college achieve this.
“There is something very exciting happening at Wiltshire College,“she said.
“At the core is successful outcomes for learners, a flexible and inspiring learning environment and stable progressive growth in a challenging climate.”
Wiltshire College, which has campuses in Trowbridge, Chippenham, Lackham and Salisbury, runs apprenticeships, full-time and higher education courses among others.
Last year, there were 20,790 learners registered with the college.
After Thursday’s presentation, Box-based explorer David Hempleman-Adams, officially opened the Trowbridge campus’ new Learning Resource Centre which homes books, computers and other resources. Mr Hempleman also donated his book, At the Mercy of the Winds, to the library.
In August, Wiltshire College closed its sixth form centre in Salisbury, with students left seeking alternative education.
Mrs Dale said: “We reviewed the A level offer at our Salisbury campus and took the difficult decision.
“The students' learning experience is an important part of our offer. We feel the very small class sizes (often of 1 or 2) restricts the learning experience for students significantly.”
For more information about the college’s strategic aims for 2013 until 2016 visit www.wiltshire.ac.uk.