NEW COLLEGE LANARKSHIRE has unveiled sector-leading dental and science facilities designed to establish a new generation of highly-skilled scientists and dental nurses in Scotland.
The state-of-the-art dental and science curriculum area at the College’s Coatbridge Campus was officially opened by Dr Alasdair Allan MSP, Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland’s Languages.
The introduction of science facilities to the College’s Faculty of Care and Science will extend the range of courses offered and provide sector-leading resources to budding scientists, while the dental facilities – which have relocated from a stand-alone clinic at Strathclyde Business Park in Bellshill – are designed to give a real-life representation of high-end dental clinics and training facilities to afford students the optimum learner experience.
Dr Allan unveiled the facilities and joined students and guests in a number of activities, including practicing dental skills on phantom heads within the dental surgery and carrying out intra-oral scanning techniques, and taking part in a range of biology, chemistry and physics experiments.
He praised the Faculty, saying: “The facilities I have seen will truly offer dental and science students in the area the very best training available and New College Lanarkshire and its staff can be immensely proud of this facility.
“This is an exciting time for Scotland’s college sector. Under this government, the number of students successfully completing full-time courses leading to recognised qualifications increased by 24% and a year ago we saw record successful completion rates in our colleges with most recent figures showing continuing high standards.
“I would like to wish students taking up courses within this curriculum area the very best of success.”
The College aims to use the new resources to provide Scotland’s young workforce with essential skills and resources for entering the workplace and provides modern apprenticeship opportunities, an innovative curriculum ranging from SCQF Levels 5-8 and ongoing partnerships with industry and universities.
Martin McGuire, Principal of New College Lanarkshire, said: “We are extremely proud of our new dental and science facilities, which further establishes New College Lanarkshire as a sector-leading provider of STEM subjects.
“We are looking forward to welcoming new students, employers and sector professionals to our industry-leading facilities for many years to come.”
The science area boasts fully-equipped laboratories to allow students to develop the practical and theoretical skills needed for a career across general science, biology, chemistry and physics.
The College’s dental offering also boasts industry-leading equipment, including an intra-oral camera with links to an adjacent teaching room enabling observation of clinical procedures and a Phantom Head lab allowing simulated learning on model heads.
For more information on the facilities and how to apply, please visit www.nclanarkshire.ac.uk.