Central Campus opens to students

Around 1,600 students were the first through the doors of the brand new Sandwell College Central Campus as it opened today.

Learners expressed their delight at finally moving into the £77 million landmark building in Spon Lane at the heart of West Bromwich.
More than 3,500 students will attend for lectures during this first week of opening, after returning from their half term break.
Teaching and support staff were on hand to welcome the learners, guide them to their classrooms and issue new ID badges, before they were given an induction by their tutors and a tour of the building to familiarise themselves with their new surroundings.
Business administration apprentice David Parkes, aged 17, from Oldbury, said he was thrilled to be in the new college and particularly impressed with the employment training suite.
He said: “The building has definitely got the ‘wow factor’ and it’s an exciting new start for all the students.”
Beauty therapy student Mandy Bains, aged 18, from Wednesbury, said: “The facilities are really nice and a vast improvement on what we had before.“
They have catered for the students really well. It’s contemporary and great for when we have clients coming in for treatments in the salons.”
Motorsports student Josh Abercrombie, aged 20, from Tipton, added: “It’s an extraordinary and breathtaking building, and a breath of fresh air. The workshops are really well laid out.
“It’s a great new work environment for us.”
Principal Val Bailey said: “We are thrilled to be welcoming our students into the new Central Campus.“The new college has been a long time in the making, but the stunning new facilities that staff and students will now benefit from will ensure that Sandwell College continues its tradition of success far into the future.”