Limerick institutions mark College Awareness Week

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Minister O'Sullivan with LCFE students to launch College Awareness Week 2015 in Limerick
Minister O’Sullivan with LCFE students to launch College Awareness Week 2015 in Limerick

LIMERICK College of Further Education, the University of Limerick and Mary Immaculate College are staging a number of activities to mark College Awareness Week, taking place until November 29.

LCFE will demonstrate the many positives of further education centred around themes such as transition, progression and career options. LCFE media learners will also broadcast throughout the week on iMix, LCFE’s radio station.
Cliona O’Kelly, deputy director of LCFE said: “We are delighted to be part of a nationwide campaign to promote the importance of post-secondary education. There are lots of options out there and College Awareness Week encourages people of all ages to consider further education to be part of their future.”
UL’s access office is coming on board for College Awareness Week, linking with local school, John the Baptist in Hospital, to provide information to students about the value of education beyond second level, and several third-level ‘ambassadors’ will be on hand to speak about their own college experience.
In addition, a number of local schools will have the opportunity to visit Mary Immaculate College, attend lectures and get a general feel for college life.
College Awareness Week 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’s campaign, the first of its kind in Ireland, saw 363 events take place.
The 2015 campaign is expected to bring even more participants on board, with an increase in the number of events and a strong focus on communities where participation in Higher Education remains below average.
For more information on College Awareness Week, see www.collegeaware.ie.