Graham Simpson MSP has visited the Coatbridge Campus of New College Lanarkshire.
The Central Scotland regional MSP met with the College’s Principal, Martin McGuire, before being taken on a tour of the Performing Arts studios and our high-tech Dental and Science facilities.
He saw how students of courses in Dance, Acting and Musical Theatre were preparing to showcase their talents on the stage of the 101 Park Street auditorium, while Science students practised their skills in the labs.
Mr Simpson also heard how New College Lanarkshire offers a degree in Dental Nursing, validated by the University of the West of Scotland, which is the first of its kind in the UK.
Mr Simpson, who was elected to the Scottish Parliament in May 2016, said: “I was delighted to visit New College Lanarkshire and speak in depth with the Principal Martin McGuire and other members of staff who showed me around the campus, home to disciplines as varied as Performing Arts and Animal Care.
“I was struck by how impressive the Science facilities are at New College Lanarkshire and would encourage anybody considering a move into a STEM subject to visit the campus and see what is on offer there.
“I even had a taste of dental nursing and I wonder how many people know they can earn a degree in this right here in North Lanarkshire.”
Mr Simpson last visited the College during Scottish Apprenticeship Week in March 2017 when he met Modern Apprentices at our Motherwell Campus.
Matthew Smith, Head of Faculty of Computing & Creative Industries, said: “I was delighted to be able to take Graham Simpson MSP on a tour of some of the facilities at our Coatbridge Campus.
“He was able to see first-hand a snapshot of the production skills being honed by Performing Arts students as well as learn more about our state-of-the-art Dental and Science labs.
“It was great that he was able to meet with some of our students and witness the wide variety of skills they are learning that will prepare them for a career in their chosen industry in the future.”