• CAW3: Kathleen O’Toole-Brennan of Trinity College speaks to students of Portlaoise College at the Portlaoise College Careers Fair held on Wednesday 25th November
• CAW1: Students from Portlaoise College getting into the College Aware Spirit as part of a College Awareness Week held from 23rd to 27th November
• CAW4: Shantell Lawless and Jorja Phipps of Portlaoise College pictured at the Portlaoise College Careers Fair held on Wednesday 25th November
Portlaoise College celebrates College Awareness Week with ‘Career Speed Dating’ event
Portlaoise College are set to host two innovative student events to celebrate College Awareness Week 2015.
As part of College Awareness Week 2015, which ran from Monday, 23 November to Sunday, 29 November, Portlaoise College hosted two innovative student events to raise awareness of the benefits of post-secondary education.
The first event tookplace on Monday, 23 November, with local professionals and 2nd year students taking part in ‘Career Speed Dating’. Up to twenty professionals from Portlaoise offered students an insight into a variety of careers such as accounting, law, garda, sales, radio commentary and many more. Groups of students will have two minute sessions with each of the attending professionals in an innovative speed dating format.
In addition, senior cycle students from Portlaoise College also participated in a Careers Fair on Wednesday, 25 November. Thirteen Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) presented to students, highlighting the diverse range of options available to those who want to make college a part of their future. These sessions were followed by an exhibition where students had the opportunity to meet with representatives from all the HEIs present.
Declan Qualter, Portlaoise College Guidance Counsellor said, “We are delighted to be part of a nationwide campaign to promote the importance of post-secondary education.
College Awareness Week encourages people of all ages to consider further education to be part of their future. Committing to third level study can be a daunting process for many students, so it’s vital that we play our part and make sure they’re aware of all options available.”
College Awareness Week aims to inspire and inform all students about the importance of having a post-secondary education plan. It advocates for students to have the choice to pursue the course best suited to their interests, abilities and future plans, whether that is a PLC qualification, an apprenticeship or a university degree.
College Awareness Week is supported by the Higher Education Authority, the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals and the Institute of Guidance Counsellors. The National Parents Council Post-Primary, the Irish Union of Second Level Students and Irish Business Employers Confederation have also come on board to lend their support.
Last year’s campaign, the first of its kind in Ireland, was a runaway success. Over the course of the week 363 events took place in many different locations including schools, higher educational institutes, community centres and libraries. The 2015 campaign is expected to bring even more participants on board, with an increase in the number of events and a strong focus on communities where participation in Higher Education remains below average.
College Awareness Week would like to gratefully acknowledge AIB and Perrigo for sponsoring this campaign and for their dedication to the betterment of communities and Irish society, through enhanced educational experiences.
For more information please visit www.collegeaware.ie
Students visited Irish owned manufacturing company “Newbridge Silverware” and learned how the business has survived European Competition and it’s successful Brand reinvention in the 1990’s. Listening to a presentation they learned how the company came about in 1934 and how it quickly became renowned for its quality craftsmanship and design ethos.
Geography teacher Darren Maher, Laois Senior Hurler of the Year and Captain of Clough Ballacolla Laois Senior Hurling Champions 2015 brought his trophies to school to show his Portlaoise College students the fruits of hard labour!
The English department in Portlaoise College are running “Who Wants to be a Word Millionaire?” with 1st year students . This is a short-term reading intervention which challenges the students to engage in recreational reading, at home with the support of their parents, and to collectively read a total of one million words over a six-week period. In Portlaoise College all students have access to a digital library and can borrow ebooks, to read on their tablets.
1st year business students were in for a treat when they visited the Chocolate Garden of Ireland in Rathwood. The Chocolate Garden of Ireland began business in 2001and has its origins in waffle-making. They saw first-hand how of premium quality chocolate is made and learned how the company diversified into chocolate spreads and handmade chocolates for the speciality food market. Most memorable and enjoyable for the students was when they got to taste a variety of chocolates such as dark chocolate, white chocolate, nut chocolate! Students were then allowed to make their own chocolate mould and decorate it as they wished before heading back to school.
Transition Year Students visited Irish owned manufacturing company “Newbridge Silverware” and learned how the business has survived European Competition and it’s successful Brand reinvention in the 1990’s. Listening to a presentation they learned how the company came about in 1934 and how it quickly became renowned for its quality craftsmanship and design ethos.
Transition Year students were met at the front doors of the Criminal Courts by a Barrister who invited them to take partake in a Mock Trial in Court 30. The students acted out the roles of Defense, Prosecutor, Jury, Judge, Accused, Witness and Court Registrar. After a very exciting trial, the students were then given a tour of the Courts and proceeded to sit in on some cases that were before the courts that day. A very informative and enjoyable day was had by all.
A visit by Portlaoise College 6th year Business students to learn more about the functioning of the EU, the decision making process, Ireland’s membership and current and future EU policy issues e.g. Agriculture within the EU and Immigration. Students viewed a presentation, listened to an employee of the Parliament in Ireland, partook in a lively question & answering session and were quizzed at the end of their visit. The winning team of Eve Farrell, Niamh Gunning and Katie Farrell came away with USB keys as their reward for their effort!
Backrow: Victoria Reddin , Emily Rowley, Shauna Techera, Zdenka Danielova, Raymond Deering, Madara Triboldo, Katie Farrell, Niamh Gunning
Frontrow: Ian Carroll, Craig Lynch, Brendon Michalovski, Aivaras Reksyts, Eve Farrell
6th year business students visited the Irish family owed business of Caffrey’s. The entrepreneur Thomas Caffrey is acredited with personally inventing treats such as the Macaroon bar, the Big Time bar and the Chocolate Snowball. He was considered “Ireland’s answer to Willy Wonka”. The Irish chocolatier business was founded in the 1930’s and today sells products in Ireland, Europe, Australia and the United States. This visit is in particularly helpful to students students studying Business, Link Modules and Home Economics.
Guest speaker Urusula Clancy, Marie Keating Foundation addresses the students on caring for patients with cancer. Tuesday 3rd november with the healthcare class.