Established in 1929 to meet the training needs of local industry, Cornwall College has now grown to be the largest further and higher education college in the UK with over 56,000 students (average age of 38 years) and an annual budget of £45 million.
In August 2001 Cornwall College merged with St. Austell College, creating cross county coverage focussing on all vocational subjects making us a major player on the national scene.
Cornwall College now has campus sites in Falmouth, Newquay, St Austell, Saltash and Camborne and incorporates Duchy College of Agriculture with their sites at Rosewarne, Wadebridge and Stoke Climsland near Callington.
Cornwall College is a key player in the devolved structure for the University for Cornwall (CUC - Combined Universities in Cornwall) and has over 2,500 students studying at university level. The Cornwall Business School is based on the Camborne campus and is the only Higher Education institution to have gained first class honours in Business Administration in the last 7 years.
The university courses are validated predominantly by the University of Plymouth and range from agriculture and outdoor pursuits through business, creative arts and media, tourism and hospitality, marine, science and technology. Under CUC the College will be focussing heavily on the latest computer technologies and has invested £25 million in new buildings and computer facilities.
Cornwall College is heavily involved with the economic development of the county and in particular with supporting Objective 1 projects in training and education. It has 9 Learning Shops around Cornwall and Devon delivering IT skills in preparation for increased widening participation and on-line learning throughout this sparsely populated region.
We are particularly proud of our 'build and train' schemes with local housing agencies and its centres of excellence of tourism, hospitality and catering. The College however is not purely campus based, indeed it has more students off campus than on it, including Modern Apprentices and other government training schemes through its subsidiary; Cornwall College Training.
This outward looking attitude is epitomised with the college's links with the Eden Project, the National Maritime Museum, the Cornwall Business Partnership, the Objective 1 project, Cornwall County Council - adult education and basic skills provision, and the Regional Development Agency.
The Cornwall College Group is committed to enriching the lives and creating new opportunities to all members of the Cornish community. This is reflected in our mission statement:
Creating opportunities for all through high quality education and training.