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Press release - New beginnings at Kerry College of Further Education

Date Posted: Apr 24, 2014

Kerry Education and Training Board (formerly Kerry Education Service) is pleased to announce major changes in the provision of Post Primary and Further Education in Tralee. Colm McEvoy, CEO of Kerry ETB, today explained that “due to unprecedented growth in both the second level and Post Leaving Cert (PLC) Programmes at Tralee Community College, the Board of Management with the support of Kerry ETB has decided to create separate identities for the second level and the PLC College from next September.”

According to the principal “This marks a historic event in the provision of education in Tralee Community College and Kerry Education and Training Board. The decision has been received with positivity and enthusiasm by all stakeholders.” From September 2014, the Further Education section of Tralee Community College will be known as Kerry College of Further Education. The new name for the 2nd level school is Coláiste Gleann Lí Post Primary School. The Management of the College wish to acknowledge the extraordinary commitment of the staff to date in embracing and managing the proposed changes. The current Principal will lead and manage Kerry College of Further Education and Richard Lawlor, the current Deputy Principal will lead and manage Coláiste Gleann Lí.

The Post Primary School enrolment has increased by 28% since 2009 and is entering an exciting phase in its development. He stated that “staff in both the second level and PLC College are committed to the highest standards of quality and have fully embraced new and evidence informed approaches to teaching and learning and technology in education with the support of Kerry ETB.”

Coláiste Gleann Lí will be embedding the use of technology into all aspect of the daily school life. “As one of 8 Kerry ETB schools, this school has become a model for modern, innovative approach to the delivery of the second level curriculum” stated Richard Lawlor. The school will be in daily communication with parents using smart technology, this, Richard believes, will make the Post Primary School the “School of the future with cutting edge technology.” He also stresses the importance of the school size where “every student will get individual attention and will receive regular feedback on their progress and attainment.”

The Management of the 2nd level school are pledging that homework will be supervised in a partnership between students, teachers and parents. In addition to the typical second level curriculum delivered in all schools, the new school will deliver a specially tailored Life-skills Curriculum to develop coping skills, self-esteem and student motivation “that will ensure our graduates are prepared for managing their personal and professional selves in the modern age” stated Mr Lawlor..

Tralee Community College is the largest provider of Post-Leaving Certificate education in Kerry. The College has forged a reputation of providing quality graduates for local industry and further study at third level. Over 20 full time programmes at levels 5 and 6 are available at Tralee Community College. Course provision includes:

  • Accounting Technician, Business Management, Office Administration, Security, Journalism, Computer Studies, Multimedia
  • Beauty Therapy, Nursing, Childcare, Social Studies, Hospitality, Sport and Recreation
  • Veterinary Assistant, Engineering, Construction, Furniture Design, Art Craft and Design, Laboratory Techniques

The principal looks forward to the development and further expansion of provision in the years ahead. “The establishment of SOLAS, the restructuring the Further Education and Training Sector and these development at Tralee Community College provide tremendous opportunities for development and expansion in the years ahead” stated the principal.

The BOM which is chaired by Counsellor Ted Fitzgerald is very proud of this courageous decision “This change will provide an opportunity for the two schools to grow and flourish in their own right. Each school will have their own management structure, separate identity and will continue to serve the local community as Tralee Community College has done for over 40 years” Ted Fitzgerald.

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