A RECORD number of students poured into the North-East’s newest learning centre on the first day of term.
The new Darlington College, in Haughton Road, yesterday opened for business to hundreds of full time students studying academic and vocational studies.
Executive director of customer relations Sue Campbell said: “It was tremendous to see so many people coming through the doors this morning.
“We have already exceeded our target for the number of full-time students by some margin and when our part-time students begin next Monday, we expect to see similar figures.”
Journalism student Peter Fraser, 22, of Darlington, was finding his bearings on his first morning.
He said: “The new College is really impressive and has fantastic facilities. I am hoping to have a career in sports journalism and have just finished a two-months work experience at the Independent in London.
“It was amazing to be there while the World Cup was on and I also got the opportunity to meet Bono when he was guest editing the paper and Sean Connery who is one of the Independent's shareholders.
“The paper has said that there will be a job available for me to train as a sports journalist if I am successful on this course at Darlington. So I will be working hard to make sure I am.”
BTEC national diploma students in early year’s childcare Kathryn Moffatt, Bethany Elliston, Becky Taylor and Sarah Robinson were also finding their way around.
“It’s huge,” said Bethany, 18, of Darlington, who is confined to a wheelchair for a couple of weeks after a foot operation. “But the access is really good and there are plenty of lifts and people to help me get around.”
The increase in College facilities has attracted a large number of students this year and interest has been high in many courses including football development, hair and beauty and construction. But there are still places to be filled.
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