June 20, 2021
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WIT hosts special Open Day for local Leaving Cert students at Arena

Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) is hosting a special Open Day at the Arena this weekend for families of Leaving Cert students who want to get as much course and college-related research done as early as possible.

According to 2018 Feeder Schools Data nearly half of all students who go to college from Waterford schools come to WIT.

In 2019 2,457 graduates were conferred with academic awards up to doctorate level. In total 73% are from the south east counties. Of these 875 are from Waterford City and County (35%), 324 from Wexford (13%), 268 from Kilkenny (11%), 278 from Tipperary (11%).

The traditional schools’ open day will run as usual today, with a focus on information for secondary school students, students in further education colleges, and other CAO applicants, including mature students.

The Saturday Open Day, which runs from 9am to 2pm tomorrow, isn’t just about courses for school leavers. It will also have information available on the courses available across WIT’s schools of Lifelong Learning, Humanities, Engineering, Science & Computing, Health Sciences and Business.

Adults interested in upskilling, or re-skilling can find out about Springboard courses, traditional evening courses as well as part-time and postgrad courses which are offered. WIT also runs specialist programmes for education, science, engineering and other professionals. The number of students studying WIT’s part-time and online courses increased to 1650 in 2018, a 28% increase on 2017.

WIT Registrar, Dr Derek O’Byrne, said: “A trend we are seeing at WIT Open Days is that students who may have enjoyed the Schools Open day with their friends and school groups, will return the following day with their parents or guardians.”

Students whose schools are attending are encouraged to join their school group on the Friday. As school students are fully catered for at the Schools’ Open Day on Friday, there will not be the same breadth of school leaver focused talks and events at the open day on Saturday. However, says Dr O’Byrne it is useful for parents to be able to find out about courses at the event.

“In our booklet the Parents’ Guide to College Choices attending open events and visiting the campus, as well as the city is vital in ascertaining whether a certain discipline, or indeed a college is the right fit for a students. Parents can pick up a copy at our open event or view online: http://www.wit.ie .”


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