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President McAleese Joins Students and staff as Roslyn Park College celebrates 25 Years

09 September 2009
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Wednesday, 9th September 2009: The President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, today joined students and staff from Roslyn Park College in celebrating the College’s 25th anniversary.

 
Roslyn Park College is part of the National Learning Network, Rehab’s training and employment division. The College currently provides courses to 280 students including FÁS-funded vocational education and training courses in business, arts and technology. A variety of foundation studies courses funded by the Health Service Executive (HSE) are also available enabling students to work on personal development and to explore career options. Many of those studying at Roslyn Park College would have previously found it difficult to access further education, training and employment due to illness, disability or accident.

Speaking at the event, President McAleese said that over a period of 25 years, “peoples’ lives have been helped and transformed by the existence of Roslyn Park College, a facility that is so different to so many other educational establishments. It has that opportunity to be almost forensically, intimately, customised around the needs of the student and that is a very, very special thing. Roslyn Park College is able to really respond quickly and with real passion to the needs of that one individual student and to offer them a pathway to jobs and on to further education.

“Here, by the combined effort of the student and the College, lives have been transformed and doors have been opened.”

A Record of Success

Marie Kelly, Director of Training and Employment with Rehab, said, “This is a day to celebrate not only Roslyn Park College’s 25th anniversary but also the success of its students. Over the past quarter of a century, Roslyn Park College has provided training to more than 5,000 students, enabling many people to enter the workforce or to progress to further education. In fact, in 2008, over 90 per cent of students who completed courses at Roslyn Park College progressed to employment, higher education and further training. It is great to see our students reap the benefits of their learning and forge careers in areas that match their interests and abilities.”

During her visit, President McAleese conducted a short tour of the College to meet with students and view some of the art, graphic design and photography work that they have undertaken as part of their studies.

All of the training programmes provided by Roslyn Park College are tailored to the individual needs of each student and extensive support services enable people to access courses both on and off campus.

‘Fast-Track to Employment’, where students undertake a significant proportion of their time training with leading companies, and the ‘Computer Programming and Game Design’ course, specifically developed to enable students to learn the skills necessary for a career in the growing digital entertainment industry, are just two of the innovative courses on offer at the college.

Guests at the anniversary celebration were treated to a ‘Roslyn’s Got Talent’ show featuring pences by students of the College including those on the innovative ‘Performing Arts’ course.

In addition to the training programmes, a wide variety of extra-curricular activities are available to students at the College. Affiliated to the Union of Students in Ireland, Roslyn Park College Students’ Union organises a number of social and sporting events each year.

ENDS

For further information contact:

Paul Coulter, Head of College, Roslyn Park College, tel: 01 261 3406

Dara Duffy, Rehab, tel: 01 205 7268


Notes to Editor

About National Learning Network

National Learning Network is Rehab’s training and employment division and Ireland’s largest non-Government training organisation with more than 50 purpose-built training and employment centres nationwide catering for over 5,000 students each year. In recent years, National Learning Network has witnessed a significant growth in the numbers of people with mental health difficulties using its services. Courses provided to students range from mental health-specific rehabilitative training, which focuses on equipping people with the skills needed to progress to further training or education, to vocational training which provides individuals with FETAC-accredited skills training.

About Rehab

Rehab is a leading not-for-profit organisation which works towards a world where every person has the opportunity to achieve their potential. Over 3,600 Rehab staff provides health and social care, training and education, and rehabilitation, employment and commercial services in Ireland, England, Scotland, the Netherlands and Poland. Every year, more than 56,000 people and their families benefit from the supports provided by Rehab in over 200 locations.