Galway colleges leading €1m education access project in the west

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Galway’s two main colleges are among the partners leading a €1 million project to get more people in the region into higher education.

The “WNW Connect” initiative aims to ensure that more young people from disadvantaged areas in the west and northwest get into, and complete, third level education.

NUI Galway and GMIT make up half of the participating colleges, along with Sligo IT and Letterkenny IT.

Dr Seamus Morrissey, Project Manager, West/North-West Higher Education Cluster, says; “This initiative will make a positive impact and increase opportunities for progression to third-level in all our counties.”

“We will work with community organisations and schools to support students from under-represented groups where there isn’t a tradition of third level participation.”

“These new pathways into third-level education help transform the lives of future students and their families.”

WNW Connect will be delivered through the Access Offices in the four colleges and run until 2024.

Programmes and workshops with students will focus on mentoring and pathways to college initiatives.