Priestley opens £1.5million technology centre

tech_2 webPRIESTLEY College has opened a technology centre that will improve the education of thousands of young people.

The £1.5million development – which will be known as the Lewis Carroll Building – will house more than 200 computers and be home to Priestley’s computing and ICT courses.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Principal Mike Southworth said the new facility was befitting of the education Priestley provided.

“I think it’s great news for Warrington that our town’s young people now have access to cutting edge facilities that will enhance their learning and acquisition of skills including those in science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” he said.

“Not only does this improve their own life chances but it will also contribute to the economic and social prosperity of our town and indeed beyond.”

The opening ceremony on Wednesday was attended by councillors, representatives from the University of Salford and Barclays Bank as well as governors, tutors and students.

Guest of Honour Dr David Whan, a trustee of the New Engineering Foundation, spoke of the significance of opening such a building at a college named after renowned scientist Joseph Priestley.

After meeting students and having a tour of the college he said the centre would be a great asset to Priestley.

“Joseph Priestley was a remarkable man and this is a college that is fit to bear his name,” he said.

Overall, there has been £14 million spent over the past eight years to create an environment that brings out the best in students.

Last year Priestley became the first dedicated sixth form college in the country to receive STEM assured status – making it one of the UK’s top education providers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Mike Southworth said the Lewis Carroll Building would provide a great environment in which to learn.

“I’m privileged to be in my 13th year as Principal here at Priestley and without doubt today represents a very important milestone in the development of our college,” he said.

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