Minister Officially Opens Kerry College of Further Education Denny Street Campus

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Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh cuts the tape to officially open the KCFE Denny Street Campus on Thursday. Photo by 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.

From the College’s perspective, the introduction of a second campus was necessary as student numbers were substantially increasing.

This new location means Kerry College of Further Education (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.

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Georgina Maher makes a presentation to Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh during his visit to the KCFE Denny Street Campus on Thursday. Also included is Chairman of Kerry College of Further Education Cllr Terry O’Brien, Kerry ETB Education Officer Anne O’Dwyer, Chairman of Kerry ETB Board of Management Cllr Jim Finucane, Principal of KCFE Mary Lucey, Kerry ETB Director of FET Owen O’Donnell and CEO of Kerry ETB Colm McEvoy. Photo by Dermot Crean

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

The Campus has 11 lecture rooms; including two high spec computer rooms; 4 dedicated medical stations; offices; a canteen and more.   Tremendous effort went in to maintaining the authenticity of the buildings, built in Georgian times, and the wonderful workmanship remains evident throughout.

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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.

Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh TD talking at the opening.

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 Kerry College of Further Education (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.

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

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