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£750k boost for Strabane campus as numbers rise by 35%

By Brendan McDaid

The North West Regional College has approved a £750,000 cash injection for its Strabane campus following a spike in the popularity of courses offered there.

Full-time education enrolments have now increased by 35% on last year.

The new work will mark the second phase of capital investment by the Derry Road college following an initial £300,000 in 2010.

The earlier funding was used to refurbish and upgrade facilities and classrooms in the main campus building, for both curriculum and student support accommodation. The 2012 phase will include the development of a new classroom for beauty therapy courses, a new library and student study area, pus an extension to the current car park.

A new through-floor lift will be added and a programme of minor internal alterations undertaken.

This will bring the total recent expenditure by the college at its Strabane site to more than £1m.

A spokesman for the North West Regional College said: “Our Strabane campus is flourishing once again, thanks mainly to the hard work and dedication of our teaching and support staff, and, of course, due to the endeavours of all of our students.

“We are aware of the growing popularity of our courses, full-time and part-time.”

The spokesman added: “We believe that the next phase of our planned investment will not only serve to boost the future prosperity of the local economy, but also to position our campus as an essential community resource which can be utilised by people of all ages and aspirations for years to come.”

North West Regional College at Strabane currently provides a range of full and part-time programmes to those who are either leaving school, wish to return to education, or enhance their career prospects.

Through its role in the Derg/ Mourne Learning Community, the college offers support to pupils from the nearby Holy Cross College one day per week, who can gain practical qualifications in early years, administration and beauty, or joinery, brickwork and hairdressing.

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