Co Tipperary secondary school students become 'college ready'

College Awareness Week 2017

Co Tipperary secondary school students become 'college ready'

WIT main campus

Secondary school students across Co Tipperary are invited to celebrate College Awareness Week by attending Waterford Institute of Technology’s (WIT) first ‘College Awareness Day’ which gives secondary school students a taste of college life.

WIT, in conjunction with the national College Awareness Week campaign will support students of all ages to become ‘college ready’ by raising awareness of the benefits of going to college. There will be an hourly talk/workshop on how to become college ready (including presentations on college life), an expo area, and a chance to explore the campus.

Claire Holden from WIT’s outreach team said, “We are delighted to be part of a nationwide campaign to promote the importance of post-secondary education. There are lots of options out there and College Awareness Week encourages people of all ages to consider further education as part of their future.”

“College Awareness Day is a good introduction to campus life as Wednesday, 22 November 2017 is a teaching day for WIT and our students will be attending classes as normal. It is also an opportunity to hear about our new ‘common entry’ courses, which give students time to choose what they would like to specialise in,” she continues.

Overall College Awareness Week aims to inspire and inform all students about the importance of having a post-secondary education plan. It advocates for students to have the choice to pursue the course best suited to their interests, abilities and dreams.

Schools can book online at

WIT’s traditional Schools’ Open Day takes place on Friday 19 January, followed by a Saturday Open Day for all. One-hour campus tours are bookable online at year round. ‘Try’ events such as Try Nursing, Try Business, and Try Sport are also run to help prospective students discover if a certain discipline is for them.

“The difference between College Awareness Day and our Schools’ Open Day is that College Awareness Day gives people a taste of college life, and helps overcome fears they may have, whereas Open Day, which is closer to the CAO’s 1 February deadline gives prospective students a chance to ask questions about courses they’re interested in.”