New £3m centre opens at Preston’s college

Enterprise centre: Alastair Milloy, Lis Smith and Carl Speight, from Preston's College at the launch and anniversdary celebrations.

Enterprise centre: Alastair Milloy, Lis Smith and Carl Speight, from Preston's College at the launch and anniversdary celebrations.

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Student at Preston’s College took technology lessons to a new level as the college’s new £3million In-Zone building was officially opened.

Among the host of dignitaries at the event was Titan the Robot, who joined the festivities and entertained audiences at the Fulwood campus.

The facility will provide students with “an enhanced and flexible learning environment based around enterprise”

Learners will be encouraged to use the space to develop their business ideas and skills.

It also houses the college’s Careers Information, Advice and Guidance service.

Wyre and Preston North MP Ben Wallace cut the ribbon at the milestone event, marking the beginning of the college’s 25th birthday celebrations.

It is also 40 years since it’s predecessor, WR Tuson College, opened on the St Vincent’s Road site after the inception of general FE colleges in 1974.

The College is investing £16m in the wider campus, including £13m on a new science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) centre due to be completed by next September.

The celebrations coincided with the college’s open day, which saw Titan, the eight foot tall, 20 tonne dancing robot, entertain guests and sing happy birthday to the college.

Principal Lis Smith said: “It seemed fitting to tie in the opening of the In-Zone with the beginning of our 25th birthday celebrations as it feels especially poignant to enter this new era for the college while celebrating our past.

“We’re making real changes and innovations across the college, from the curriculum and our ways of working through to the addition of new buildings and that is one thing that we have noticed in looking back at the history of the college, we are established innovators that have constantly adjusted to meet the ever changing needs of our community.”