The College welcomed Leader of Teignbridge District Council, Councillor Jeremy Christophers, on 2 October, to formerly open the College’s recently refurbished IT facilities.
Joined by Principal Paul Cornish and members of staff from the College, Mr Christophers visited the IT suites during teaching time, meeting with students to discuss the new facilities, before officially opening the IT rooms and taking a tour of the rest of the College.
The refurbishing works were carried out during the summer break to avoid any disruption to teaching and learning. The works were undertaken in-house by the College’s Premises and IT Teams and refurbished computers were purchased resulting in a 50% cost saving on the delivery of each space. With the works completed, the College now boasts six dedicated IT suites which, alongside further spaces, tablets and laptops, offer in the region of 300 computers dedicated for students’ use.
Principal Paul Cornish said of the transformation: “Thanks to the hard work of our dedicated Premises Team, Newton Abbot College is able provide large scale, light and airy facilities that will help maximise our students’ outcomes in IT. In this economic funding climate, to be able to deliver facilities of this quality and scale is not to be underestimated and we were proud to celebrate that achievement with Mr Christophers.”
Mr Christophers added: “On a business level, facilities like these will ensure students get that extra edge; Teignbridge Council are very aware about providing better opportunities in the local area and are already supporting the MET Office and Exeter Science Park. Ultimately, we want to ensure that the best and brightest of our young people don’t leave the area after their education and then stay away; we need to retain them, which will, in turn, help our local economy.”
Thanks to the hard work of our dedicated Premises Team, Newton Abbot College is able provide large scale, light and airy facilities that will help maximise our students’ outcomes in IT.Paul Cornish, Principal