Changes galore at Isle campus

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THERE have been a lot of changes at the Wisbech campus of the College of West Anglia (COWA) and the work is continuing to improve facilities.

In addition to the visible building work being carried out on the new Technology Centre and Cambs County Council building Awdry House, there is also a lot going on behind the scenes.

Mark Reavell, executive director of partnerships and estates at the college, is keen to keep the public updated on the work taking place and let people know about the improved facilities there.

Phase One of the refurbishment programme was completed over the summer, with the new car park, bus turning circle and new entrance to the college finished. The old building at the front of the college was also demolished, giving a new aspect to the frontage and generally improving the look of the site.

New signs are due to go up to replace the old worn out ones and will feature both the college and Anglia Ruskin University logos, promoting the further education courses that COWA offers.

Mr Reavell said: “This is part of our on-going plan to make the Isle campus really good for local people. By next summer, we will have a really outstanding facility.”

COWA have spent £100,000 transforming the hall into a Learning Resource Centre, with 40 computers and shelves full of books to help students with their study. Mr Reavell said the hall was under-used and the LRC is a much better use of the space.

The 2,700 square metre Technology Centre is one of the largest projects on the COWA site and it is hoped the work will be completed by Easter, enabling current students to spend the last term in the new building and benefiting from the improved facilities.

Mr Reavell is hoping that having Awdry House, the new home of Children’s Services in Wisbech, on the COWA site will also benefit the college, with its users finding out about and accessing COWA courses.

People interested in finding out what the Isle campus has to offer can go along to an open day between 9.30am and 1pm on Saturday, November 10. It will be a chance to speak to tutors and get a feel for how the college has changed.

A ‘Have a Go’ day is also being held at Isle campus on October 31, for anyone over the age of 15 who wants to try out some of the skills being taught in various departments. Taster sessions are also being held at the King’s Lynn campus on October 30 and Cambridge campus on November 1.

Visitors will be able to try their hand at skills including engineering, construction, forensic science, graphic design, catering and hospitality, fashion and textiles, performing arts, hair and beauty and much more.

The events are designed to showcase the opportunities offered by the college and to open students’ minds to the huge variety of careers possibilities their futures hold.

Sessions will be run between 10am and 3pm. Register in advance at