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Launch of College Awareness Week 2015 at DIT Grangegorman

Posted: 19 November, 2015

Dublin Institute of Technology is delighted to host the launch of the second national College Awareness Week (CAW), which celebrates the benefits of further education for all. The campaign promotes the benefits of going to college and supports students to become ‘college ready’.

An Tánaiste, Joan Burton, TD is set to officially open College Awareness Week 2015 next week at the launch event at St. Laurence’s on the new DIT Grangegorman campus.  Running from Monday 23rd November until Sunday 29th November, over 500 events will take place around Ireland to inspire and inform all students about the importance of developing a post-secondary education plan.  The focus will be on making students aware of the full range of options available to them to help them to choose 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, was a runaway success with over 350 events taking place in schools, higher educational institutions, community centres and libraries. 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 the national average.

Speaking ahead of the launch at Grangegorman, the President of DIT, Professor Brian Norton said, “We are delighted to be part of this nationwide campaign, not only to promote the importance of post-secondary education but also to highlight the range of options so that individuals can make an informed choice.  Whether you are a school leaver or someone who is considering returning to education to enhance your career or to change direction, this week may open new doors for you.”

College Awareness Week is supported by the Higher Education Authority, the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals and the Institute of Guidance Counsellors. The National Parents Council Post-Primary, the Irish Union of Second Level Students and Irish Business Employers Confederation have also come on board to lend their support.

College Awareness Week would like to gratefully acknowledge AIB and Perrigo for sponsoring this campaign and for their dedication to the betterment of communities and Irish society, through enhanced educational experiences.

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