Margaret Curran MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland, last week opened the state-of-the-art Wheatley Digital Innovation Lab at the Glasgow Kelvin College Easterhouse campus.
The brand new learning centre, funded by The Wheatley Group, boasts not only 16 cutting-edge PCs and software but also an amazing 3D printer which is the very latest in product development.
Wheatley Digital Innovation Lab available to community learners and students
The Wheatley Digital Innovation Lab is available to young people on the College’s Youth Access programme, community learners and college students who are welcome to come in and see the equipment in action and learn how to make best use of it. Learning is delivered from introductory level right up to advanced level.
The Wheatley Group are keen to ensure that communities have access to IT resources and skills to open up opportunities and help learners progress into skilled technology-based jobs and by expanding their partnership with Glasgow Kelvin College they are assured that their investment will hit the target.
Irving Hodgson, Chair of Glasgow Kelvin College, said;
[quote]We are delighted that The Wheatley Group is investing in community learning and progression in this way and continuing their well-established links with further education in Glasgow. The Wheatley Digital Innovation Lab is a prime example of how Glasgow Kelvin College will develop its three pillars of; Excellence, in the high quality of resources and learning available; Progression, through the delivery of advanced level technological skills, and; Enterprise, by embedding innovation in the delivery of all its programmes. We are indebted to the far-sighted approach of the Wheatley Group and grateful for their considerable contribution and commitment.[/quote]
Chair of GHA, Gordon Sloan, said;
All of the partners here today share the same goals – to boost the number of people who can get online access in Glasgow and to help young people achieve the most in life. Today’s project is part of a wider partnership and we are already seeing the benefits of the 23 learning centres set up with the college in GHA communities which are helping tenants get free internet access.
Wheatley Housing Group is delighted to be part of this project and to fund the 16 computers for the digital lab. We hope this facility will encourage more students at the college to go on to further education, and there are also wider benefits for the local community who will also be able to use these computers.
Margaret Curran MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland unveiled a plaque marking the official opening of the Wheatley Digital Innovation Lab and said;
I was delighted to be able to perform the official opening of this project. I am always keen to see investment and resources in the East End of Glasgow to match the wealth of talent and ambition our students already have.
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