8th May 2017

South Devon College welcomed members of the public to the Vantage Point campus on Saturday 6th May for its annual Community Open Day much to the delight of the many visitors who attended.

The day was a fantastic success with activities for families and visitors of all ages who had the chance to get a taste of life at South Devon College. The College’s many curriculum areas were represented, meaning that there was something for everyone, no matter where their interests lay.

Visitors enjoyed the opportunity to tour numerous activities and attractions including; exploring augmented reality, motion capture and 3D printing in the Hi-Tech and Digital Zone, the chance to get creative with children’s crafts and family learning, bike safety, navigation and nautical safety in the Automotive and Marine Zone and live cooking demonstrations from the Hospitality and Catering team. Visitors also had the opportunity to extract DNA from fruit, make sherbet and lip gloss in the Science Zone and get to know the friendly animals on the Animal Unit as well as many other interactive and hands on activities. In the Brickwork Zone, over 1000 Bricks were laid – which stood end to end on top of each other would be taller than the 5th highest building (215m) in the UK and nearly 5 times the height of Exeter Cathedral!


Celebrating its sixth year, the Community Open Day is a great way of inspiring the wider community, and opening people’s eyes to new passions or career choices. The College’s exceptional Helpzone team were on hand to provide free and impartial careers advice and guidance, giving visitors the chance to consider all the possibilities open to them.


Stephen Criddle- Principal of South Devon College said, “This year’s Community Open Day was the best yet – it was great see so many new faces exploring the College, getting hands on and enjoying everything that we have to offer. The staff work really hard to make this event a success, and strive to inspire all of our guests, from primary ages upwards. The feedback we receive is always positive, and many people comment on how special the atmosphere is here.

We would also like to thank all of the businesses and charities who supported us; without their participation we could not have hosted this fantastic event for the community.”

You can see pictures from Community Day by visiting the College’s Facebook page at /southdevoncollege, or checking the hashtag #communityday17 on Twitter.

If you missed the Community Open Day, the College will be hosting an Open Evening on Wednesday 17th May where you can find out more about the range of courses on offer. So, join us from 5pm to 8pm at the Paignton Campus on Long Road, TQ4 7EJ to find out where South Devon College could take you. You can register your attendance here.


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