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College 'Tastes the Future' at official opening
Cornwall College St Austell ?Tasted the Future? with the official opening of the College after the final phase of its move to the new site on Tregonissey Road. A ceremony took place on Thursday 19th October at 2.15pm in Cloisters restaurant, to celebrate the special occasion.
John Latham, CEO & Principal of Cornwall College oversaw proceedings, with Jane Henderson, Chief Executive of the South West of England Regional Development Agency officially marking the occasion with a few words as a commemorative plaque was unveiled. Representatives from the local community attended to help celebrate the official opening including prominent local businesses such as Imerys, St Austell Brewery, Midas, Cornwall County Council, Restormel Borough Council together with local schools.
John Latham commented: "It's an exciting time for staff and students at Cornwall College St Austell. We have enjoyed sharing this special occasion with our distinguished guests. It's only fitting that our students have been involved today - they have provided some special entertainment throughout the ceremony. The new facilities are fantastic at the College and I know the students are particularly enjoying their new ‘Student Zones'. In this ceremony we have looked forward to the future at Cornwall College St Austell and acknowledged our achievements to date".
Entertainment during the ceremony came in two forms; a jazz ensemble provided a relaxing musical soundtrack, while guests got a ‘Taste of the Future', as advanced catering students at the College, on Level 3 programmes, competed to present two dishes: ‘The Best Cornish Meal and Dessert'. The winning entries are commemorative dishes to mark the occasion.
Ben Westlake, Student Governor of Cornwall College who studies at St Austell, said with excitement: "Our new Tourism classrooms are fantastic and the equipment is the best that you can get! It's so good that everything is on one site now. Things just seem to be getting better and better. Last week we opened our new student common room which is great. It's another place for students to chill out and we can play pool and table tennis in there too!"
Debbie Wilshire, Deputy CEO of Cornwall College, responsible for student experience at the College further commented: "It's great Ben and his fellow students are so enthusiastic about Cornwall College St Austell and its new facilities. Not only is there a new student common room, there is also a large new ‘Learning Centre' - with computer access and reference materials, an amazing fitness suite with state of the art equipment and new sustainable classrooms for tourism students. With the final phase of the move to John Keay House, there has also been the addition of a second hairdressing salon for students on the ‘Future Pathways' scheme with the College to use. Cornwall College training and Cornwall College Business are now also based in John Keay House which makes great business sense. The improvements won't stop here. We have the opening of the new ‘Skills Centre' to look forward to in September 2007, which will house Construction, Engineering and Motor Vehicle courses.
Jane Henderson agreed that the College has fantastic facilities and added: "It's so fitting that St Austell's future should reside in this building. The College represents business, aspiration, inspiration and life. It has a business record second to none and active relationships with 1400 business, not to mention 4 Centre of Vocational Excellence Awards. Cornwall College has certainly cemented its role as part of the fabric of St Austell and is a part of a vibrant positive future for the town."