Promoting, Enterprising and Award Winning Students

We hope you are all enjoying your well deserved long September weekend.

It has been a very full week here at GKC, lots of interesting and exciting activities to share with you.


CDN Food and Drink Expo

On Thursday the 14th of September a coach load of students (From NQ Applied Science L5 and L6, Access Nursing and Access Chem/Bio) were taken to the to the CDN Food and Drink Careers Expo at Murrayfield Stadium on Thursday.

There were ~ 30 stands from various educators and employers, talks from industry leaders and plenty of demonstrations.

The students are extracting DNA from  Strawberries in one of these photos.


College Refrigeration Apprentices Shortlisted for National Award

Two of Glasgow Kelvin College’s talented Refrigeration apprentices have been shortlisted for the prestigious SkillFridge Awards 2017.  As part of the HVAC and Refrigeration Show, the finals will be held at Birmingham NEC in November.

The lads, Lewis Walker who works with Clover Technical Services and Jonathan Landsdowne of TRS Refrigeration, are third year apprentices in Refrigeration & Air Conditioning.  They earned their places at the regional heats and should join only another five apprentices who have been shortlisted to compete at the nationals in November.

Unfortunately, Lewis is away on holiday at the time of the finals and will be unable to participate.  The College will certainly be rooting for success for Jonathan on the day.

Both students should be very proud to have achieved this level of recognition and they are a testament to the work and commitment of the staff who have supported them.


Enterprise Slot

The enterprise slot for the art and design courses has already been a success.

The 20th of September saw the Level 5 and 6 students attended the Bridge 2 Business event (Fresh Start 2017) in Glasgow. Two of the students won prizes in the Business idea competition.

Andy Graham (level 6) won 2nd prize – a six week training with a mentor to help bring his plan to fruition.

Jess Whitestone (level 6) won 3rd prize – a 1 week incubator ‘space’ to work with a mentor on her idea.

They both also have tickets to an Entrepreneur Seminar in Edinburgh in November where they can listen to other entrepreneurs and pitch for the prize of £100k to launch their business.

We were also pleased that one of the key speakers was a previous student that had set up her own business – we got a mention in her presentation which was great.


Promoting Health Successfully

Lecturer, Colin Scott, thought his Level Two Learners from the Skills for Learning Life and Work Class deserved a spot on the blog after a fantastic effort on Monday the 18th of September!

The class are working towards their ‘Promoting Health Unit’ and certainly did that today with a fantastic effort – well done all!


Free Wheeling Former Student

GKC Level Four Learners, studying Health and Wellbeing through Sport, recently bumped into former GKC SFL Learner ‘Lewis’ at Glasgow Green.

After completing his course at GKC where he spent a part of his time within the GK Velocity Cycling Programme, Lewis is now part of the Cycling Charity Freewheel North where he helps with all things cycling!!

Well done Lewis!


Deep End Advice Worker Pilot Project

The first Building Connections report was published last week, which includes an overview of the press coverage Deep End Advice Worker pilot project evaluation.

This is a project that was supported by Glasgow Kelvin College.  See the report HERE.


Glasgow Kelvin College / Electric Honey Records trip to Clermont Ferrand

Glasgow Kelvin College / Electric Honey Records had a trip to Clermont Ferrand on the 15th/16th of September.

The Electric Honey band Pronto Mama were invited to play the EuroVox festival in the town following the GKC Erasmus exchange trip to Aurillac earlier in the year.

As part of the trip Ken McCluskey had to deliver a lecture on the label at the University of Clermont Ferrand.

The trip was a great experience for everyone involved and hopefully we can continue our  partnership and work together again soon.

Civil Engineering Guest Speaker and Surveying

GKC was fortunate to host Donna Surgeoner of the Institution of Civil Engineers as a guest speaker on Monday 18th of September. She spoke to approx. 65 of our Year 1 Civil Engineering students (full time & day release) over the lunchtime slot, lecturing on the importance of Civil Engineering as a profession, why continuing professional development is important, and the benefits of joining an organisation such as I.C.E.

We hope to host Donna for further event over the term.

As well as that Civil Engineering Foundation Apprentices spent some time last week getting to grips with Surveying at our Springburn campus.


Jewellery Department Student / Staff Lunch

Every academic year the Jewellery department hold a lunch event in the workshop with jewellery staff and students from NC, HN1 and HN2.

It’s a popular event where new NC learners get to meet the other year groups and gain invaluable insight into the course and the course progression from their experience and viewpoint. This year the lunch was held on the 21st of September.


Foodbank Collection

Students on the National 1 Personal Achievement Award Course have organised a  collection for Foodbank in Parkhead.

Please donate goods in the box in the reception area at Easterhouse Campus.

  • Animal Goods – Sept/Oct
  • Breakfast Foods – Nov
  • Canned Foods – Dec
  • Cleaning Items – Jan
  • Toiletries – Feb
  • Baby Items – March
  • Dry Goods – April

The Employability & Citizenship students attended their first Volunteer Session with the Trussell Trust, Calton  yesterday, the 20th of September.

We helped sort and package food donations from the collection at Parkhead at the weekend.


Afternoon Tea

Come and joins us in the Rowan Restaurant East End Campus For Afternoon Tea in support of Macmillan Cancer.

This will be on Friday the 29th of September at 12 noon.

A table for 4 is £24 and includes a selection of sandwiches, cake stand of delicious cakes, plus tea or coffee.

Please call ext. 3521 or email Jacqueline Simpson to make a booking.


That is everything for this week, make sure you come back next Friday for more news and updates.

Remember classes resume on Tuesday the 26th of September, but have a great long weekend!

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