ASPIRING hairdressers in Worcester showcased their scissor skills at the launch of a city college’s new campus.
But it was skills minister Nick Boles who was handed the job of cutting the ribbon to mark the opening of Heart of Worcestershire College’s St Dunstan’s Building last Saturday (September 27).
The old Russell and Dorrell furniture store has been transformed into a new creative learning quarter for students at the college. The building now features hair and beauty salons as well as areas for art and design including Mac suites, a textile workshop and a fashion workshop. It is also home to Spires Travel Agency and The Palette Café, which are open to members of the public alongside a commercial hair and beauty salon, called Fountains.
As well as Mr Boles’ visit, Samia Ghadie, who plays the stylish hairdresser, Maria Connor, in Coronation Street, also made a guest appearance for the grand opening.
Stuart Laverick, chief executive and principal of Heart of Worcestershire College, said its opening signified the start of a new chapter for the college.
“We are extremely proud and pleased to be able to offer these high quality facilities in the centre of Worcester City, confirming our continued investment in high quality learning environments,” he said.
“This new learning quarter will not only benefit our students and future students but will also provide exceptional facilities for members of public to enjoy, such as our commercial Hair and Beauty Salon, Fountains, Spires Travel Agency and The Palette Café.
“Heart of Worcestershire College will continue to drive to deliver outstanding relevant qualifications and progression opportunities for students across many technical and vocational disciplines. This facility will help students to achieve their goals in a high class environment.”