Fife College was delighted to welcome a residential visit for high school pupils organised by local organisation Lift Off recently.
The College’s Stenton Campus, in Glenrothes, hosted 63 students from 12 high schools across Fife and Tayside as part of their week-long Lift Off 2 Success residential.
The pupils, from six different Fife high schools, four Dundee schools, and two Angus schools, were selected for a place on the Lift Off programme because they have displayed the potential, aptitude, and wish to study at Higher Education (HE) level. Lift Off’s aim is to help prepare these pupils for study at HE level.
Dylan Edmonds, Lift Off Development Worker, explained: “Lift Off 2 Success is a fantastic experience for new S5 pupils. They stay at university halls for the five days, but get the opportunity to visit a different Higher Education institution each day – including Fife College.
“We believe that the best way to let young people explore HE, be that college or university, is to get them out and experiencing the campuses for themselves.
“It’s always great to visit Fife College with the pupils – we’re actually based here at the Stenton Campus, so we know how great a place it is to study!”
The day’s event was split into three parts, each designed to give the pupils an introduction to the College and show them what studying at HE level there is really like, as well as to give them a sneak peek at the facilities, technology, and courses the College has to offer.
Three groups of pupils each explored Augmented Reality (AR) through a competition held in the College’s HTC Room, received a fully guided tour of Stenton Campus, exploring the facilities and learning environments college students enjoy. This included the Future Skills Centre where they were able to create tours of the College using 360 degree photographs, to which they added points of interest that they had discovered on the tour.
Lynne Ralph, Head of Developing the Young Workforce at Fife College, thought the event was a huge success. Lynne said: “It was great to welcome Lift Off, their volunteers, and the pupils to the College. The young people thoroughly embraced the opportunity to explore life at the College, and the ways in which they can learn. It was a pleasure hearing their ideas for the future!
“It is great to be visited by Lift Off for events like this, as it recognises that Fife College is committed to Higher Education provision locally here in Fife.”
To find out more about Lift Off, their work, and how you can get involved, visit their website.