College investments bear fruit for students’ new term

The new term has heralded a new look for many parts of the campus at Truro and Penwith College, as a series of summer investments in learning spaces comes to fruition.

The 2,500 new students starting their further education at the Ofsted Outstanding College this September are already taking advantage of the new spaces.

At Truro College, Department of Education investment in the new T Level qualification has helped the College invest in an additional state-of-the-art science laboratory called the Menalhyl Laboratory.

Valency, the College’s South West Institute of Technology building, has already had an additional floor added to boost its capability.

The College’s construction and trade skills areas have also been completely renovated and expanded over the Summer. The department now has a new 400 square metre covered area for the College’s growing number of T level bricklaying students, while eight modernised and renovated trade areas in carpentry, architectural joinery and plastering will ensure students have plenty of space to develop their trade skills.

At Penwith College in Penzance a new science laboratory has been created to help students from West Cornwall realise their scientific ambitions.

In addition to the T Level investment, Truro College is already expanding its brand-new South-West Institute of Technology (SWIoT) Valency building, which only opened in March this year, by adding a new floor.

Science students are able to take advantage of two new dedicated science laboratories at both the Truro and Penwith campuses.

The mezzanine level in the building will house the new Business Centre for Cornwall and additional teaching spaces as well as an incubation space to support renewable and green energy based start-ups. New conferencing spaces will be used to support collaboration within industry, for students and outside organisations.

The summer investments have been in addition to the College’s general summer works improvement programme which has seen further investment in campus lighting, general renovations, new ventilation systems and the opening of new general teaching rooms across both Truro and Penwith College.