Degrees chance for North Lindsey College students
A new principal is overseeing major changes at North Lindsey College that will allow students to complete their degrees on-site.
North Lindsey College welcomed new principal Anne Tyrrell last month, in place of retiring head Roger Bennett.
The Higher Education Centre, previously on two sites at either end of the college campus, has now moved into three neighbouring blocks in the centre of the site.
The change of location is coupled with a big change in service, with the Higher Education centre now able to offer full three-year courses to some students.
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Previously students have completed two years of their degree in Scunthorpe and travelled to Lincoln for their final year, but the college is now able to offer full courses in a selection of subjects, including English, history and social science.
Around £60,000 has also been spent on books for the library.
Mrs Tyrrell said: "We have a very good team here and my focus is to make sure the college recognises the importance of individual students, as they are at the centre of everything we do.
"I was absolutely thrilled to be offered the job and feel inspired and motivated by the difference the college makes to young people's lives.
"I am still meeting people and learning about the college as I go along, which means that I can get the best feedback about changes or improvements that need to be made.
"We have to be careful where we spend our money though, because we live in very difficult and uncertain times.
"The Higher Education centre is seeing more students year-on-year and I want to make sure that we maintain these progression rates. Having these courses on your doorstep is a great opportunity for the people of Scunthorpe.
"This college has a hidden depth and will continue to be important to the local community. But we must not be complacent, as things can change very quickly. We have got to be in a position where we will be outstanding in the future."
The Higher Education centre has had its best-ever intake of students, surpassing the 1,000 mark for the first time in its 20-year history.
Maxina Butler-Holmes, director of Higher Education at North Lindsey College, said: "We now have the additional resources to provide the final level of degree for Higher Education students.
"Offering three years of degree study at the college creates more accessible learning opportunities for young people in North Lincolnshire."
A Costa Coffee franchise and two refurbished lecture theatres have also opened.