Learners Inspired by U.S Visit

Learners Inspired by U.S Visit

Sport and Catering learners from Burton and South Derbyshire College at Daytona State College

A group of seven Sport and Catering learners were recently given the opportunity of a lifetime to go to America, as part of a partnership with Daytona State College.

During the visit, learners were able to find out more about the education system in America and spent three days shadowing home students in their curriculum areas of Sport and Catering. This included attending a range of lessons and taking part in curriculum focused activities.

Now in its second year, the visit was an inspirational experience for learners whose future careers in sport and catering could see them working in America through scholarship and job opportunities in the future. Learners also had the chance to spend some rest days at the end of the trip, visiting theme parks water parks and Sea World in Orlando.

Sport Tutor, Ben Corden said: “The visit to Daytona State College was a great experience for learners, providing a once in a lifetime opportunity to see what day to day life is like in the States. Learners gained a great deal from the experience, bringing back exciting new ideas with them and inspiration of where their future careers could take them.  For many of the learners, the trip was their first time away from home, so the trip was also a great way for them to gain confidence and independence.“

Catering learner, Reece Russell added: “The trip to Daytona was brilliant. It was quite interesting comparing an American college to ours in the same course area. The students and staff were extremely friendly and helped us with anything they needed. We also got to see some of the attractions and leisure spots from Daytona Beach to Universal studios, which was a bonus. It was a great trip and one I would definitely go on again!”

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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