IT, Tralee celebrated College Awareness Week last week with a series of seminars and workshops centred on the topic of access to third level. College Awareness Week is a national campaign from 24th to 30th November which aims to promote the benefits of going to college, to help students of all ages to become college-ready and to showcase local role models who are in college.
Commenting on College Awareness Week Valerie Moore, Access Officer at IT, Tralee said, “The Institute’s policy on access is designed to promote and facilitate entry to and participation in the academic programmes and student life of the Institute by mature students, students with disabilities and students who experience social or economic disadvantage and lack of educational opportunity. Across the spectrum of participation, equal access and lifelong learning, it is widely accepted that the Institute meets and exceeds national targets. The Institute has operated several initiatives to support increased participation of target access groups. College Awareness Week provides a focus for access activities while celebrating the benefits of going to college.”
The Institute celebrated the week by hosting a number of events including an Information Session for Senior Cycle Students with Disabilities which aimed to assist students in their third-level preparation and planning. Information was available on ITT’s Open Day, CAO application process, the provision of supplementary information and admissions routes. Participants were given an overview of popular assistive technology (AT) and the benefits of ICT and AT for students. This event was organised in collaboration with the National Council for Special Education and was attended by the Special Education Needs Organisers.
The seminar for Mature Students event also encouraged and supported people in the community to consider applying to third-level and to help them to prepare for a successful journey. The seminar provided information on programmes available to study at IT, Tralee on both a full-time and part-time basis. Additional information included how and when to apply, the range of financial supports available and student support services at the Institute.
The Pathfinders programme facilitates entry of students from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds, and other special cases as nominated by their secondary school. A Pathfinders study skills day for 6th year students was held where students received sessions on applying to college, study skills and interview preparation. The Traveller community seminar focused on those taking part in the Star Pupil Access to Education and Work Experience Programme. These students are currently in 5th and 6th year of mainstream second-level schools in Co. Kerry. The event gave students an opportunity to learn about the programmes available in IT Tralee and also give 6th years the opportunity to fill in their CAO applications online.
The Health & Leisure Careers Day was aimed at anyone with an interest in following a course of study related to the sector in the areas of sports development, wellness promotion across the lifespan, physical education, massage, adapted physical activity as well as fitness promotion in both a health related and elite sport setting. And the School of Health & Social Sciences Showcase, aimed at all post Junior Certificate students, parents and Career Guidance Counsellors, showcased the work of present IT, Tralee students and gave a taster of what future students will be studying’ - Music, Drama, Sociology, Childcare, Social Law. The day gave secondary school students, parents and Career Guidance Counsellors a window on what Social Care, Youth and Community Work and Early Childhood Care and Education students do and to assist Leaving Certificate students in CAO planning.
An information evening for current Leaving Certificate, FETAC and VTOS students, mature applicants and parents will take place on Tuesday 13th January 2015 at 6pm in the North Campus. The evening will provide information on applying to CAO, financial supports available while I study where to seek financial assistance, what is SUSI.ie and much more. For further information contact the admissions office at 066 7145638 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
College Awareness Week is delivered in partnership with the following organisations: Higher Education Authority, the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals and the Confederation of Student Services Ireland. It is a multi-organisational and collaborative event involving a wide range of stakeholders, including schools, HEIs, museums, libraries and businesses.