THE RED carpet was rolled out this week for students eager to be the first to see the new £14million facilities at Stafford College.
The official opening of the Riverbank Building got underway with a proclamation from Stafford Town Crier, Peter Taunton and a welcome from principal Steve Willis, who said he hoped the new library and training centre, which will host catering, hospitality and beauty therapy students, will attract even more students to the college in the future.
But the real stars of the show today were the students who will use the new state-of-the-art facilities.
Mostern Kabwe, a 17-year-old hospitality student who was the first through the doors of the new building, told the Newsletter how much he had been looking forward to getting in and having a look around.
“It’s a really great place,” he said. “It’s a lot more modern, a real update from the old buildings and we’ve had new uniforms come in too that we’ve been trying out for the past few weeks.”
Hospitality students spent the morning serving the red carpet, either preparing food and hot drinks in the new kitchens or working as front of staff in the bistro serving students and guests attending the big opening.
“It’s very exciting to be a part of it all,” Mostern said.
The new building also boasts impressive working areas for beauty therapy students, with extensive salons and a full working spa with steam rooms and saunas that will be available to the public.
Cassie Holmes, a hair and beauty student said she had no idea she would have access to the new facilities when she first signed up to her course.
“It’s like Christmas,” she said. “It’s a lot better because it’s all brand new and it’s going to be a lot more like working in a proper salon.”
At the heart of the new building is an impressive three-storey library hosting more than 30,000 books, an impressive electronic booking system, private study areas and 300 computers which students can either book in advance or simply use at their convenience.
Last week we had a look around the new facilities before it's offical opening. Click here to read the article, below is a video of inside the new college.
Adam Hetherington, a professional cookery and food and beverage service student, said he was excited to get through the doors and get started with the new equipment.
“Everything’s modern and new,” he said. “I can’t wait to start using it.
“They’ve got new stoves, all touch-screens, new work surfaces, even the restaurant itself, with the lights and everything, it’s just a really bright and happy place.