Clydebank College opens Dumbarton Campus

24 Oct 2008

A recent addition to Clydebank College's further education facilities has been unveiled  with the official opening of the new Dumbarton High Street campus.

At the opening ceremony on 24th October the Labour and Co-operative Party MP for West Dunbartonshire, John McFall, cut a blue ribbon to formally open the campus which previously housed the Dumbarton Co-operative Society's department store in the town's High Street.

The MP, who was joined by his Dumbarton MSP colleague, Jackie Baillie, was welcomed to the impressive new facility by Janet Dawson, Chair of the college board of management, and Gordon Paterson, the College Principal and Chief Executive.

The central location facility on the High Street, which replaces the old campus on Castlehill Road in Dumbarton's West End, will provide students with a selected curriculum of subjects such as IT; Hospitality and Catering; Hairdressing and Automotive Engineering.

The refurbished building also houses a get:learning suite, which provides access to thousands of on-line courses to those who enrol at the college.

In addition the campus offers programmes aimed to develop literacy and numeracy skills, and up to 150 learners can be studying at any one time.

To complement the wide sweep of courses, students will also be able to access The Princes Trust Programme which has based a team programme in one of the campus suites.

In May 2007, West Dunbartonshire Council commissioned consultants to prepare a town centre master plan and delivery strategy for Dumbarton.

The overall aim was to provide a guide for future public and private sector redevelopment of the area including and surrounding the Artizan Centre.

Clydebank College is proud to be a part of Dumbarton's regeneration and to be able to provide its community with plentiful opportunities and excellent resources.

Speaking at the official opening, Gordon Paterson, College Principal and Chief Executive said: "The official opening of the new Clydebank College Dumbarton campus is a significant step forward following the opening of our Queens' Quay campus in Clydebank last year.

"In addition to these fantastic new facilities in Dumbarton, we are making greater training and educational provision for local schools and for the general community here.

"We are hoping the campus will be open on evenings and at weekends and throughout academic holidays so that the facilities here are used to their maximum potential.

"Clydebank College is proud to be a part of Dumbarton's regeneration and to be able to provide its community with plentiful opportunities and excellent resources."

John McFall MP, who unveiled a commemorative plaque and cut the blue ribbon, recalled how ten years ago he fought and won with his then colleague, Tony Worthington, the now retired MP for Clydebank, a battle to retain Clydebank College at a time when it looked as if it might be swallowed up by or merged with other FE colleges in Glasgow.

He said: "It is tremendous to see the advances Clydebank College has made over the past few years. This campus will reflect the needs of the community and will help front the regeneration of Dumbarton alongside many other organisations such as the Careers Service and Citizens Advice.

"The High Street will become busier, the footfall will increase and these things are absolutely key to regeneration. We want to develop the town and it is important we have places of interest.

"The fact that we now have such a great provision on the High Street is terrific. I am delighted to open this new campus and wish Clydebank College every success in the future."

 

  • The opening ceremony with (L-R) John McFall MP, Jackie Ballie MSP and Gordon Paterson, principal of Clydebank College

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  • Dumbarton Town Centre