Minister Officially Opens KCFE Denny Street Campus

Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh , TD cutting the ribbon at the official opening of the new Kerry College of Further Education Denny Street Campus. Photograph courtesy of Dermot Crean.

THE Kerry College of Further Education (KCFE) Denny Street Campus was officially opened on Thursday by the Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh TD, with hundreds of guests, staff and students in attendance.

The official opening firmly embeds KCFE into Tralee Town Centre where students have already breathed life into the street and town centre.

Second Campus Necessary

From the College’s perspective, the introduction of a second campus was necessary as student numbers were substantially increasing. This new location means KCFE is in a position to offer as many students as possible the opportunity to remain in Kerry to study a programme of their choice.

The Campus encompasses 5, 6, 7 and 8 Denny Street and the refurbishment of the existing buildings.

Authenticity Maintained

The Campus has 11 lecture rooms; including two high spec computer rooms; four dedicated medical stations; offices; a canteen and more.

Tremendous effort went in to maintaining the authenticity of the Georgian buildings and the wonderful workmanship remains evident throughout.

Health and Social Sciences

The new building is currently dedicated to the Health and Social Sciences Departments and will facilitate the delivery of the Nursing Studies, Nursing with Maternity Care Skills, Carers, Youth Work, Applied Social Studies with Psychology, Emergency Care Services, Medicine Counter Pharmacy Assistant, Surgical Operative Care Assistant, Advanced Social Care with Counselling Studies and Health Services Supervisory Management programmes.

Huge Local Support

The KCFE has received huge support from all of the Tralee business community and they have helped in every way possible according to Principal Mary Lucey.

The ideal positioning of the Denny Street Campus facilitates KCFE collaborating easily with other businesses and organisations in the provision of work placements, guest lectures and workshops etc.

It also places the college in an ideal position to offer up-skilling and courses for employers and employees.

Hosts Delighted

“Kerry ETB is delighted to host the visit of the Minister of Education and Skills. I wish to thank the Minister and his officials at the Department of Education and Skills for their continued support,” said CEO Colm McEvoy.

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