Third level courses for Longford

Education provision in Co Longford could be set for a huge boost in next year’s academic calendar as details of a new partnership between County Longford Vocational Education Committee (VEC) and Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) has emerged.

Education provision in Co Longford could be set for a huge boost in next year’s academic calendar as details of a new partnership between County Longford Vocational Education Committee (VEC) and Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) has emerged.

A presentation on the viability of running Science and Technology courses by the third level institute in conjunction with the local VEC was provided for during a monthly meeting of the local education authority last week.

The initiative, which has been in the pipeline for the last few months, is about to come to fruition and the Leader understands that courses under the partnership could be rolled out in Longford as early as September 2012 through the Outreach Programme at AIT’s Department of Adult and Continuing Education.

Acting CEO, County Longford VEC Rosemary Johnston said that she was delighted with the partnership programme and highlighted the importance of the new initiative to the “overall delivery of education services” by the local educational body.

“We are hoping to meet with staff in AIT in the coming weeks with a view to establishing a partnership with County Longford VEC and AIT,” she said, adding that the while the process was still in infancy, it was anticipated at this stage that courses would be operational in Longford by next September.

“The new courses will be provided for in the science and technology areas and will be up and running by September 2012. This is a great boost and will enhance the provision of education in Longford VEC.”

In a statement AIT said that the Department of Adult and Continuing Education was “working with Longford VEC in terms of the delivery of some part time programmes in the county”.

“The head of the Department of Adult and Continuing Education at AIT has indicated that outreach plans in Longford are in the early stages,” the statement said.