Monthly Archives: June 2014

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Two Plus Two with NKU

A102_C003_10014SGateway Community and Technical College in Covington, Kentucky and Northern Kentucky University announced a partnership called Gateway2NKU that will make earning a Bachelor’s degree in northern Kentucky easier, quicker, and more affordable. The pathways begin at Gateway and end with a Bachelor’s degree from NKU, with a seamless transition. It features dual admission with participants enrolled simultaneously at NKU and Gateway with access to activities and services at both places.

“This is an example of how higher education institutions can work together to improve the quality of life,” said Gateway President/CEO Ed Hughes. “Not only will students be able to earn an Associate’s degree and Bachelor’s degree in less time and spending less money, but this program will also allow Gateway and NKU to operate more efficiently and effectively by reducing the duplication of programs and services.”

Gateway students on a degree pathway will be able to take up to four NKU courses at Gateway’s tuition rates, reducing cost while acclimating students to the NKU campus before transferring.

On January 28, a ten-year partnership between Gateway Community and Technical College and the Florence, Kentucky site of financial services company Citi received the prestigious national Bellwether Award for Workforce Development from the Community College Futures Assembly and the University of Florida. “In more than 1,200 national community colleges, this is one of the highest honors an institute can receive,” said Dale F. Campbell, professor and director of the Community College Futures Assembly and Institute of Higher Education. The Gateway-Citi partnership emphasizes career development and provides resources to enable Citi employees to begin or complete college credentials.

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Southern Regional College, Northern Ireland

srcSouthern Regional College (SRC) is a Further and Higher Education College in the southern area of Northern Ireland in the United Kingdom. The College was formed on 1st August 2007 when three further education colleges merged to become Southern Regional College. Southern Regional College now comprises the former FE colleges at Armagh, Newry and Upper Bann. It is also the largest Further and Higher Education College in Northern Ireland outside of Belfast. There are a total of six campuses across the geographical region. The College’s main campuses locations are:

  • Armagh (Lonsdale, Lisanally Lane, Hamiltonsbawn Road Industrial Estate)
  • Banbridge
  • Kilkeel
  • Lurgan
  • Newry (Patrick Street East, Patrick Street West, Greenbank, Model)
  • Portadown


The College offers a wide range of courses: in excess of 100 for full-time further education; more than 80 on a full-time and part-time higher education capacity, and over 1,320 (not counting those courses offered in the community) on a part-time vocational or recreational basis. At the further education level, SRC offers courses from Level 1-3 Certificates and Diplomas, through National Vocational Qualifications and A levels. Many of these are aimed at the full-time student market although many courses are also available on a part-time basis. The college also offers Apprenticeship Training programmes where students learn valuable trades to take into the workplace. SRC prides itself on offering students a diverse range of Higher Education learning experiences. Its broad ranging portfolio of higher level professional and technical courses ensures that all programmes-whether degrees, diplomas, certificates, or professional qualifications-are of a quality surpassing that offered at university.

Within the eight Schools of the College SRC is confident that it can offer students qualifications with clear progression pathways and relevance to the world of work. The college currently enrolls over 36,000 students each year and has in excess of 1,100 members of staff.

Community Learning Team

SRC students and Chief Executive Brian Doran celebrate award to college in recent college wide inspection.

SRC students and Chief Executive Brian Doran celebrate award to college in recent college wide inspection.

Southern Regional College works with over 100 Community and Voluntary Groups covering over 1,500 square miles within the Southern Region advising on courses available for adults within their communities. SRC’s dedicated Community Learning Team ensures that adults have access to learning and training to improve their knowledge, skills and qualifications. Community Development Officers work with employers and community stakeholders to enable individuals, groups and communities to participate in learning, at a time and place which is accessible for everyone.

An important part of the work involves providing education and other employment opportunities to residents of local Neighbourhood Renewal areas through Department of Social Development sponsored projects. In addition the team researches local area needs in order to provide relevant economic and social programmes that enable change to take place and assist people into employment and/or to improve community resources.

These programmes are funded by the Department for Social Development (DSD) through its Southern Regional Development Office, the Big Lottery and the European Social Fund. The College offers many programmes including Employ Me offering employability and vocational skills to the unemployed and economically inactive people of all ages. Big Lottery’s Live and Learn Programme which aims to increase learning opportunities and promote wellbeing among Northern Ireland’s most disadvantaged communities delivered a range of educational and support services to Migrant and Traveller.

Successful completer of SPICE program, student Danielle Malcolm, celebrates with SRC Chief Excutive Brian Doran and Minister for Employment and Learning Dr. Stephen Farry.

Successful completer of SPICE program, student Danielle Malcolm, celebrates with SRC Chief Excutive Brian Doran and Minister for Employment and Learning Dr. Stephen Farry.

The College received a prestigious AOC Beacon Award for this work in February 2014. The SPICE programme is designed specifically for young people aged 16-24 who are not currently in education, employment or training across the Southern Region. The purpose of the programme is to offer training and courses to young people to retrain or simply acquire new skills.


Southern Regional College has strong links with educational institutions around the world and regularly arranges both cultural and study exchanges. Such exchanges give students the opportunity to build on their learning abroad as well as providing partner institutions with the chance to let their own students have a taste of Northern Ireland. The College has also been successful in securing funding for over 40 innovative European projects under the EU Lifelong Learning Programme.

Business Support

i3 is the Southern Regional College’s (SRC’s) business support centre. Building better business by promoting and supporting: Industry, Innovation, and Incubation. Its team of 20 Research Lecturers and Business Development Officers works with SRC and industry to bring the latest R&D from classroom to commerce while feeding business insights back into the curriculum. This cultivates a workforce fit for the future. The centre currently works with over 2,000 companies from across Northern Ireland, particularly in the southeastern region, and extending into the Republic of Ireland. The bulk of its services are either free or subsidized made possible with financing from InvestNI, the Department for Employment and Learning (DEL) and Intertrade Ireland.

SRC is an award winning College, a centre of Excellence for teaching and learning and offers students an intellectually and socially stimulating environment.