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High spec Apple suite unveiled at college
Tuesday 29th January, 2013

Wigan & Leigh College has opened a £20,000 state-of-the-art Apple suite, which is set to enhance the curriculum and also bring in added revenue to the College.

The new suite, situated in the College’s Parson’s Walk Building now boasts 13 Apple iMacs (27 inch) and a large multi-touch large screen device.

The suite will enable digital and creative students to gain invaluable experience of using multi-platforms and operating systems; while the high-spec equipment will help the College develop new training courses.

College bosses aim to turn the Apple suite into a training centre and believe it will appeal to international clients wishing to study web development and other learners hoping to embark upon courses in Photoshop, Flash and other Adobe programmes.

The suite will also help develop and support college staff in producing new learning materials on tablet and smart phone devices to enhance productivity.

Divisional Manager in IT and Computing at the College, David Robinson said: “It’s imperative that those who are serious about a career in multi-media are given the chance to experience and develop skills on Apple Macs, which will boost their employability.

“This cash injection is a demonstration of how the College commits itself to providing the best possible learning environments for students.

“Work has already started to maximise the opportunity of the new suite too. Staff are going through specific training courses and as a result, we will be able to roll out a new programme of courses later this year.”

Wigan & Leigh College has also started work on a new learning centre that will house its Professional Studies Centre.

The new building is part of a wider 2013 campus development project that will cost £5.4 million in total.

Wigan & Leigh College has been providing high-quality education and training locally for over 150 years. There are courses available for full-time and part-time students, both school leavers and adults. For course enquiries, call (01942) 761111.

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