Adult learners get a flavour of college life before 1 May CAO application deadline

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 Pictured at Waterford Institute of Technology a the Mature Student Taster Day. Pictured are Michael Ibraham, Kilkenny, Ruth Treacy from Student Life Learning WIT, Patrick Meyler Wexford town and Linda Nolan, Kilkenny . Picture: Patrick Browne

Pictured at Waterford Institute of Technology a the Mature Student Taster Day. Pictured are Michael Ibraham, Kilkenny, Ruth Treacy from Student Life Learning WIT, Patrick Meyler Wexford town and Linda Nolan, Kilkenny . Picture: Patrick Browne

People who have not yet applied to the CAO can do so up to 1 May 2019 at 5.15pm. WIT accepts applications for mature students right up to this date

More than eighty adults considering returning to education as full-time students signed up for Waterford Institute of Technology’s (WIT) college taster day for mature students which ran on Wednesday, 17 April 2019.

The majority of WIT’s mature students are Waterford based or commute daily from nearby counties, Wexford, Tipperary and Kilkenny. People who have not yet applied to the CAO can do so up to 1 May 2019 at 5.15pm which is the closing date for late applications. WIT is one of the colleges that accepts applications for mature students right up to this date.

Upskilling options

“There is a strong interest this year from prospective mature students considering a change of career or upskilling. whether they want to start college this September or in 2020,” says Conor Phelan, Student Life and Learning Department at WIT.

“Our one-day college taster gives people a realistic taste of college life and an insight to the commitment level required to attend college,” he explains.

Reassurance

According to Phelan the current trend for adults considering a return to education is they are interested in upskilling, a change of career, or having better options.

“The return to education can be an intimidating prospect for adults. During the taster session we set out to reassure the participants that their goals are achievable and that there is the support in place to make the transition to higher education as easy as possible” says Phelan.

In addition to having a dedicated WIT Students’ Union officer, WIT also has a Mature Student Society, and in recent years a network was also established for students who are parents.


Prospective mature students can contact WIT at 051-845513 or e-mail [email protected]


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