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DkIT Welcome Dundalk Youthreach on Campus

24 June 2024

Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) was thrilled to recently welcome a group of 10 young people from Youthreach Dundalk on to campus. Youthreach is a second chance education and training programme for young people aged between 16 and 20 years who have left school with few or no qualifications. It seeks to provide learners with knowledge and skills to help them to reach their full potential and enable them to progress to further education, training and employment. The Youthreach Dundalk visit was supported and facilitated by DkIT’s Community Connector Eibhlin Linden.

The group received an overall presentation on the Institute, which was given by Eibhlin, followed by a talk from Diarmuid Cahill, DkIT’s Schools Liaison Officer who spoke to the group about courses available, deciding on what course to study, college life and what DkIT has to offer. John Mc Geever, Lecturer in Civil Engineering gave an in-depth talk to the group about Engineering and about what’s involved in doing a Civil Engineering Degree. John also spoke about the different kinds of jobs and areas people work at after completing their degree. Chloe Kelly who is a current student in DkIT also spoke to the group about why she chose to study Youth and Community Studies and what college life is like as a student in DkIT.

The group enjoyed a full tour of the campus, visiting the Institute’s brand-new Science building, the Engineering building, the Hospitality and Culinary Arts Facilities and DkIT’s state of the art Film, TV and Music studios.  The tour finished off in the newly furbished Apprentice workshops in the PJ Carroll’s Building and the group were treated to an exciting demo of the Engineering Wave Pool which is being utilised for Renewable Energy Research.

To finish the day off the participants from Youthreach Dundalk enjoyed lunch in the main canteen before heading home with complimentary DKIT goodie bags.

Michelle McConville from Youthreach Dundalk said,

“thanks so much to DkIT for facilitating this visit on campus, I got extremely positive reports from all that attended the tour and presentations, it was fantastic for this group to see the possibilities for their future first hand”.

DKIT love welcoming groups onto campus. If you have a group that you feel would benefit from a tour and visit to the college like the above, please don’t hesitate to contact Eibhlin represents College Connect which provides information to people from underrepresented communities on how to overcome the social barriers in accessing higher education.

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