is the most spoken language in the world and South West College is the only Further Education College in Northern Ireland that offers the unique opportunity to study it. A recent British Council report entitled ‘Languages for the Future’ identified Mandarin as a vital language for the UK in the next twenty years, citing the increasing influence China has on the world economy and stating that young people should prepare for life and work in a globalised, multicultural society.
South West College (SWC) leads the way with a pioneering online programme offering Mandarin Chinese, which has been designed to develop basic communication skills in a real Chinese business environment.
Local volunteer Jonathan Logan is passionate about making a difference and volunteering allows him to see the benefits of working to help those with an intellectual disability to make a difference to their own lives and within their community.
Science and engineering, life sciences, software development and creative industries featured in the annual College BEST (Business & Education through Training & Skills) Awards. The awards celebrate the creative and innovative talent within Northern Ireland’s six regional further education (FE) colleges in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
Four Foundation Degree students from South West College have each received a STEM Industry Bursary of £2500 as part of a collaboration between Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council and South West College.
The Dungannon Campus recently hosted an evening for the College’s trainee hairdressing students and industry professionals with the award winning Hairdresser, Joanne O’Neill.