With the new academic year now well under way, the ever popular South Staffordshire College Open Events are back and are shaping up to be an exciting affair, with the promise of the launch of a fantastic range of new courses, multi-million pound facilities and a fun, fresh new emoji based full time prospectus campaign.
Running at all of the College’s campuses in Tamworth, Lichfield, Cannock and Rodbaston from 23rd – 28th November, the events, which provide visitors with the chance to tour the state-of-the-art facilities, find out more about the impressive range of courses and apprenticeships on offer and meet tutors and students to gain an insight into life @southstaffs, are the perfect opportunity for those who are currently working towards their GCSEs or A Levels to gain advice on their next steps. Thanks to the success of last year’s events, visitors can also look forward to a range of ‘back by popular demand’ have-a-go activities, which provide an opportunity to try their hand at the subject of their choice.
Attendees will be amongst the first to find out about the new range of courses, including Retail and Merchandising, Engineering and Landbased Technology – which will be delivered at the College’s brand new AgriSTEM Academy.
Opening next September at the Rodbaston Campus, the £5.4m AgriSTEM Academy will deliver some of the most cutting-edge learning facilities for the Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering (AME) and the Agricultural Engineering & Technology (AgriTech) sectors in the country. Home to an advanced mechatronics lab, agricultural and construction vehicle simulator, renewable energies workshops and much more, demand for places in the new Academy is already building and those interested in applying are being encouraged to do so early.
This new development is the latest in a long line of impressive facilities opened by the College, all of which have been designed to enhance the learning experiences of students. Following the opening of the innovative, £6m Cannock Campus and double award-winning Foster Learning Centre, in the last year alone, the College has also opened a new Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (AME) Hub in Tamworth and ‘Futures@SSC’, a £1.4m specialist facility at Rodbaston campus for those with complex learning needs.
They have also reinvented their Learning Resource Centres at all campuses, installing the latest, pioneering technology to provide learners with more access than ever to the resources they need to aid their studies. The introduction of hundreds of sleek new Chromebase desktop devices that run the latest Google Chrome systems mean students enjoy split-second access to the internet and all of their applications and documents and can collaborate and share their work in just a single click of a button using Google Apps for Education.
For the fun loving amongst us, perhaps most exciting of all is the launch of the new emoji based prospectus campaign. Entitled ‘We speak your language’, the campaign is the brainchild of Tamworth based graphic design and marketing consultancy Fiftytwo Degrees North and was created both to reflect the fun personality of the College and connect with young people in a way they understand and appreciate. From emojis and hashtags to abbreviations and more, this visually engaging, lighthearted campaign provides prospective learners with the information they want in ‘snackable’ chunks, helping them weigh up their options at a glance.
For those who are interested in university level courses or adult learning, there will also be staff on hand to offer advice on these areas too. From Degree programmes to evening classes, there is something for everyone @southstaffs.
With all of this on offer, plus much more, the forthcoming open events are a great opportunity to check out the College for yourself. You can either pre-register your attendance by visiting http://www.southstaffs.ac.uk/open-events or simply drop in on the dates and times below.
Mon 23 November 2015, Cannock – The Green, 6pm – 8pm
Mon 23 November 2015, Torc, 6pm – 8pm
Wed 25 November 2015, Tamworth, 6pm – 8pm
Thur 26 November 2015, Lichfield, 6pm – 8pm
Sat 28 November 2015, Rodbaston, 10am – 1pm
With subjects ranging from Art and Design, Agriculture and Business, to Engineering, Motor Vehicle and IT, the College welcome thousands of people through their doors each year and applications for September 2016 are already open. Applying is easy and can be done online in just 25 seconds at http://www.southstaffs.ac.uk.
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