||Doncaster Education City (DEC)
DEC is a concept distinctively different to
any other venture, making learning more fun. It will mean students
learn different things, by different ways, in state-of-the-art and
ultra-modern places. The idea began in 2002 as three strategic
partners, Doncaster Metropolitan Council, South Yorkshire Learning
and Skills Council and Doncaster College joined forces to push
forward vocational education across the Borough. It led to the
fruition of the College’s new Waterfront campus.
The College are the proud shirt sponsors the
town’s rugby league team The Dons. The deal, which was signed in
November 2006, also saw the College’s own rugby league team renamed
after the club. The Dons play at the new 15,000-seater Keepmoat
The College is a partner in Directions
Finningley’s Aviation Academy, which is based at Robin Hood Airport
Doncaster Sheffield. The academy provides education and training to
pupils wanting to get ahead in the aviation world. The £10m academy
opens in September 2007.
The Skills Funding Agency oversees funding and
promoting of further education (FE) and skills training, and gives
directives from the Government.
Doncaster Metropolitan Borough
The College works closely with the Council on
a variety of issues. The Council helped fund the College’s new
The College entered into a partnership with
relationship charity Relate in summer 2006 – a deal which saw
Britain’s first centre of excellence for relationship studies, The
Relate Institute, open at the College’s High Melton site. It aims
to train 400 counsellors in its first year.
||Chartered Management Institute
Doncaster Business School, which is based at
High Melton, has strong links to the CMI after the two
organisations signed a memorandum of association. It means the two
are key partners in delivering management programmes to meet
employer needs across South Yorkshire.
University of Hull
The College has many of its degrees validated
by the University of Hull. The University is a key partner in the
University Centre, Doncaster at High Melton, which opened in 2004 –
delivering 60 per cent of the College’s higher education
In October 2006, the College became part of
this pilot project in Doncaster – a spin off from the success of a
similar scheme in Hull. Two local schools took part, with a total
of 60 children attended extra-curricular classes at the new
Waterfront campus. Doncaster obtained its own Children's
University in 2007.
The College’s highly-rated marketing
department were drafted in by the League One Football Club to help
with its promotional activity after their move to the 15,000-seater
Keepmoat Stadium. Graphic artists at the College regularly supply
design work for posters, leaflets and other marketing
and Humber East Lifelong
The College is part of this network, which
aims to increase opportunities and widening participation in higher
education. Its priority learning areas include Creative Arts,
Business, Logistics, Engineership, Construction, Health, Education
and Social Care.