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Erne Newsletter: Official Opening Special

Official Opening of the Erne Campus

The official opening of the South West College Erne Campus took place on Wednesday 22nd of September, with staff, governors, student representatives and government ministers all in attendance. The event, which was live streamed across YouTube and Facebook, was a landmark moment for South West College and a fitting opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate all the incredible work that has been achieved in the past few years. On what was an exciting and memorable day, SWC Administration Supervisor, Sonya Power, said: “It was wonderful to welcome so many people here today. The crowd really brings the campus to life and you can tell what a wonderful impact this building will have on staff, students and the wider community.”

Michael McAlister: “A Momentous Day in a Globally Significant Project”

The official opening ceremony was hosted by Sarah Travers, former BBC Journalist and TV Presenter. Michael McAlister welcomed the minister for the economy Gordon Lyons and all the local and regional representatives in attendance, before expressing his delight that they were able to join in marking a momentous day in what is a globally significant project. Michael said, “It has taken an army of people to bring us to this point and we now have this exceptional resource on our doorstep.” He added, “this is absolutely the crowning glory of the sustainability mission of this college…we view the Erne Campus as a living laboratory, a demonstrator and an exceptional exemplar of everything that is good in relation to sustainability and the conservation of resources.”

Gordon Lyons: “A ground-breaking and hugely impressive new building”

Gordon Lyons MLA, said, “I’m delighted as Minister of the Economy to have been invited to this important event not only for South West College but for the town of Enniskillen and the wider area. It’s great to be here and to see for myself the official opening of this ground-breaking and hugely impressive new campus building. It’s heartening to witness first-hand the campus embarking in earnest on its main aim of providing learners with opportunities to study full and part time courses up to degree level and to acquire new skills that are highly sought after by employers.”

Hamilton Architects: “We Applaud SWC for their vision, foresight and drive”

Paul Millar spoke on behalf of Hamilton Architects during Wednesday’s ceremony. Paul said: “Hamilton Architects is delighted to have been the creative influence and designers for this wonderful building. We wish the staff & students well in their new campus & we applaud the client body and funders for their vision, foresight and drive.”

Students Steal the Show

South West College students Alex Nita and Rory McManus spoke to Economy NI and the BBC at the opening of the new Erne Campus. Rory said, “the building is fantastic, the technology here will definitely be beneficial in helping many students pursue their career and their goals in every industry imaginable.”

As always, South West College catering students were on hand to offer a wonderful addition to a special occasion. Grainne Mulholland said, “it’s wonderful to see the state-of-the-art kitchen facilities we have here being used by our catering students and to witness them showing off their skills to a wide-ranging crowd here today. It’s also brilliant to start our journey of showing students how to practice sustainability in the kitchen. Today was a big occasion for the students and as always they rose to the challenge.”

Carol Viney provided a fitting end to the ceremony by presenting Michael McAlister with a token of appreciation from the staff and students of Enniskillen. Michael’s final event for the college has been one of our largest celebrations to date and a testament to his dedication to South West College.

A Day in Pictures…

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