College Awareness Week (CAW) will take place from November 23rd to November 29th 2015. This is the second year of the CAW initiative which aims to highlight the options for school leavers in further and higher education and to advise students on preparing for college life. CAW is aimed at providing students with informed choices 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.
This year there will be an increase in the number of events and a strong focus on communities where participation in Higher Education remains below average. As well as encouraging young people to consider college in their future plans, College Awareness Week aims to show prospective students that further education is a viable option for them too.
Daily events will promote the benefits of going to college, showcase local role models and support students to become ‘college-ready’.
Tom Boland, Chief Executive of the Higher Education Authority said: “Working closely with local communities, College Awareness Week encourages people of all ages to consider further education. It’s important that anyone considering post-secondary options receives encouragement and advice to help them make an informed decision.”
Communities across Ireland are invited to host events in community centres, schools, colleges, libraries and other venues, to raise awareness of opportunities available and to showcase local role models who have attended college. All activities, large or small, make a valuable contribution to the nationwide campaign.
For more information and to view a list of events categorised by area or to get involved in hosting an event, visit the CAW website at www.collegeaware.ie