Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Aerospace Engineering student Dillon O’Reilly, who is one of nine students fronting Institute of Technology Carlow’s stylish new CAO campaign
World Silver Medallist Molly Scott looks at the camera and says “This is the first time where I’ve felt part of a team.
“Everything is here for me. The lecturers know all of us personally and I know everyone, from the caretakers to the President and everyone is so lovely.
“My goal is to make an Olympic team and to represent my country and I want to do that from IT Carlow and I want to say ‘Yes! My college, and my Mam, and my Dad got me on an Olympic team. I couldn’t be happier that I’m here.”
Molly, who is a second year law student at Institute of Technology Carlow, is one of nine students who are this month happily telling their own personal stories about being a student at Ireland’s third-largest institute of technology as part of a stylish new peer-to-peer CAO campaign.
Emphasising that ‘everyone’s story starts somewhere’, they call on aspiring college-goers to ‘Start Your Story at IT Carlow’.
The other IT Carlow ambassadors, whose stories are being told before the CAO deadline of February 1 are: aerospace engineering student Dillon O’Reilly; Jack Nolan, who is studying Sports Rehabilitation and Athletic Therapy; Paul McNamara, currently undertaking a BSc in Brewing and Distilling; marketing student Colin Dunford; Shannon Devereux, who is studying Sustainable Farm Management and Agribusiness; Bachelor of Business (Hons) with Marketing student, Melanie Mynhardt and Software Development student Ailish Kavanagh.
“The lecturers at IT Carlow put 100% into making sure everything runs well and you get great practical experience,” said agribusiness student Shannon Devereux.
Melanie Mynhardt, who is studying business with marketing, added, “You’re not just a number at IT Carlow. If you need extra help, the lecturers are there for you, putting on extra classes and meet you outside class.”
Colin Dunford, a Waterford senior hurler and current marketing student talks about how studying at Institute of Technology Carlow has facilitated his sports ambitions, “There’s a real sense of family here. IT Carlow is like family to me”.
Software Development student Ailish Kavanagh added, “I’ve absolutely picked the right place. It’s given me a lot of amazing opportunities I’d never have imagined or considered; just the fact that you’re so included, instead of being on the sidelines. I wouldn’t have come as far somewhere else”.
It is appropriate that Institute of Technology Carlow would let its students do the talking. The Institute prides itself on its ‘student first’ ethos which puts its learners at the heart of everything it does. Over the last four years, the Institute has carried out a €120million capital investment programme that has delivered first-class lecture facilities, technology support, sports amenities, student services, a dedicated research & development facility, an aerospace centre and a teaching and learning centre. Together, they ensure an unparalleled learning experience for Institute of Technology Carlow’s 8,300 students who are pursuing 80 taught programmes to Level 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) in science, engineering, computing, business and humanities through its centres in Carlow, Wexford and Wicklow. Courses are planned in collaboration with the needs of industry and bring learners into direct contact with professional practice through work placements, industry-based projects and clinical placements. This translates into programmes of study and internationally recognised qualifications across a range of discipline areas that are very relevant to real career opportunities in the employment marketplace.
Amongst the niche and ‘industry ready’ programmes offered by Institute of Technology Carlow are the recently introduced Bachelor of Science (Hons.) programmes in Computing in Interactive Digital Arts and Design, Creative Computing and Digital Innovation; Digital Marketing with Analytics and Pharmaceutics and Drug Formulation, together with a new honours degree course at the Wexford campus in Tourism and Event Management. They sit alongside niche programmes, such as the B.Sc. (Hons) in Cybercrime & IT Security, the B. Sc. (Hons) in Brewing & Distilling and the Bachelor of Engineering in Aircraft Systems. Institute of Technology Carlow has the highest undergraduate progression rate (86%) at Level 8 in the technological sector. This means that, by attending IT Carlow, students have a higher chance of completing their course of choice than at any other institute of technology.
Graduates of Institute of Technology Carlow enjoy an employment rate of 93% at graduation, rising to 96% within six months of graduating – well above the national average of 80%. Alumni are working with the most prestigious companies in the world, including organisations at the forefront of the computing, pharmaceutical and financial sectors. Perhaps this is one of the reasons why Institute of Technology Carlow is consistently placed amongst the top CAO first preferences for institutes of technology.
Outside the lecture theatre, students partake in the Institute’s many clubs and societies. A strong sports programme and incredible sports facilities has led to a huge roll-call of sporting title wins. The existing facilities will be further improved by the development of a €15million, 31-acre South Sports Campus comprising six full-size playing pitches, one all-weather artificial GAA pitch, one grass GAA pitch, two grass soccer pitches, two grass rugby pitches, a 1.6km looped walking trail, 400-metre athletics track and pavilion building with changing rooms, meeting rooms and ancillary spaces. Donal McNally, who is head of the sports faculty at the Institute, commented, “Students at Institute of Technology Carlow benefit from the huge investment by the Institute in the development of first-class sports facilities, both indoor and outdoor. We’ve a huge number of clubs and societies too which is a great social outlet for the students where they make friends for life”.
For further information, visit www.itcarlow.ie