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McCallister Visits Downpatrick SERC ICT Students
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SOUTH Down MLA John McCallister paid a visit to South Eastern Regional College (SERC) to meet with the latest intake of students to the Downpatrick campus.

Pictured with John McCallister MLA are Stephen McGeown, Ciara Morgan, Tommy Walsh, Barry Madine, Sarah Fitzsimons, Conor Deegan, James Clendenning, Senan Sharvin, Kellie Mathews, Padraig Dillon, Mark Gargan and Gerard Roddy.

Mr McCallister is pictured with a group of computing students who took time out to show him an educational computer game they are creating for a local primary school.

During his visit to the College, Ken Webb, Principal and Chief Executive, told Mr McCallister how enrolments in the South Down area have been steady, impacted by a significant drop in Access to Education enrolments.  Mr Webb  said, “Feedback from students has highlighted a financial issue where adult learners are choosing not to return to education full time in light of partners or family members losing their jobs.

“However, for the first time in eight years we have received enough enrolments to run an engineering course in Downpatrick.  We are delighted with this development and are committed to getting the students successfully through their level 2 course, and with high levels of retention hope to take them on to Level 3 next year.”