A £5.5 million flagship college building that will take students’ learning to the next level and improve their employment prospects has been officially opened.
Guests, staff and students gathered at the College of West Anglia’s Wisbech campus for the special ceremony last week.
The state-of-the art learning building, with industry-led facilities, a newly refurbished atrium and classrooms, and a new learning resource centre, opened to the students in September after a summer of transformation.
And at its official opening on Friday, representatives from local colleges, academies, Fenland Council, and businesses, heard how it is already making a difference to the future potential of students and Fenland’s education opportunities as a whole.
During the event, North East Cambridgeshire MP Steve Barclay was invited to unveil a plaque to mark the official opening of the building, before guests were given a tour of the new facilities.
In his welcoming speech, college principal David Pomfret explained how the catalyst for the new learning building in Ramnoth Road was the opening of the college’s £7.2 million technology centre in April 2013, which boasts cutting-edge manufacturing and engineering.
He also thanked all those involved in the college’s transformation and said he looked forward to what lies ahead for the college and town as a whole with the Wisbech 2020 Vision, a 29-point plan to make Wisbech a better place to work, live and visit.
“This is much more than a celebration of fantastic facilities,” said Mr Pomfret.
“It is a tangible statement of presence, vision and partnership commitment. We know that learning pays, not only for the individual in terms of life-time earnings but also for the businesses and local economy in terms of growth.
“The future is bright and should we succeed in our ambition to open up the rail link from Wisbech to March, I am confident that Wisbech will unlock massive economic potential across the region.”
Mr Barclay said with many things happening in primary schools and with projects as Wisbech Reads to raise the aspirations of children locally, the college was “the icing on the cake with the potential and skills that it can unlock”.