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St. Angela’s College celebrating College Awareness Week

St. Angela’s College, Sligo is celebrating College Awareness Week by holding a wide range of activities, on and off campus.

This year’s line-up of events include ‘Third Level Taster Days’ for regional primary and secondary school students. Primary school students will be immersed in the campus life of St. Angela’s College actively participating in art workshops exploring the theme of third level, taster subjects such as economics and workshops from the medical department from NUI Galway. Secondary school students will also enjoy the benefits of study skills seminars, nutrition to support study seminars and mental resilience workshops.

Around the county, there are a multitude of events taking place. The Access Schools Programme in St. Angela’s College has a particularly unique event with pre-schoolers. ‘Starting the Seeds Young’ is an art and creative storytelling series of events for 3 and 4 year olds in Miss Rachel’s Montessori in Kevinsfort, Sligo.

The interactive fun art workshops will include artistic expressions of themselves when they go to third level and making their own college ID and graduation hat. The series of creative storytelling will involve reading and creating their own personalised projections of their dreams and aspirations. Parental and community involvement will also be invited.

Science Activity

Further events around the county include career seminars and information sessions in secondary schools and Further Education centres. There are outdoor activities too, such as ‘Coastal Craze’, a science activity on Rosses Point Beach, where lecturers and staff explore seashore ecology with our link secondary school students, identify flora and fauna and participate in a beach clean-up.
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Ms. Carol Carty, Access Schools Programme Co-ordinator 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.”

College Awareness Week aims to inspire and inform all students about the importance of having a post-secondary education plan. It 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. St. Angela’s College offers an Access Course / Diploma in Foundation Studies for anyone wishing to progress to an undergraduate programme in St. Angela’s College or NUI Galway.

Achievement

College Awareness Week is supported by the Higher Education Authority, the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals and the Institute of Guidance Counsellors. Many other organisations such as The National Parents Council Post-Primary, the Irish Union of Second Level Students and Irish Business Employers’ Confederation have also lent their support to the initiative.

The inaugural campaign in 2014, the first of its kind in Ireland, was a runaway success with over 350 events in locations including schools, higher educational institutes, community centres and libraries.

Last year’s campaign almost doubled this achievement with over 650 events and approximately 65,000 participants. CAW 2016 is expected to bring even more participants on board, with up to 1,000 events from Malin Head to Mizen Head and a strong focus on communities where participation in Higher Education remains below average.
 
College Awareness Week gratefully acknowledges the sponsorship of AIB and Perrigo and their dedication to the betterment of communities and Irish society, through enhanced educational experiences.

For more information on CAW, please visit www.collegeaware.ie