Westhoughton community college placed ‘under review’ as fears grow that it will be shut

A lack of demand for courses at Bolton College’s Westhoughton campus means the centre could be closed down, it has emerged. 

College bosses have placed a number of courses at the Westhoughton Community Learning Centre in doubt. The move has infuriated many local people. 
The centre is now ‘under review’ by the college which claims there is not enough demand to keep the courses running.

Art courses, computing for beginners, language provision and beauty and complementary therapy courses were all delivered at the Central Drive building last year. 

Lorraine Groch, vice-principal said: “The community learning provision at the Westhoughton Centre is currently under review to ensure provision is aligned to demand.

“We are always really interested to know what we can do that is different, where there is enough demand from local residents. We have met with several community groups and are encouraging local residents to submit their suggestions by emailing westhoughton@boltoncc.ac.uk.

“Unfortunately, it is not always possible to fund every kind of course — our main focus has to be on moving individuals into employment —supporting residents to have the skills to do the jobs that employers need.

“However, if there is a large enough number of individuals who want to do a specific course that isn’t fundable and they are happy to pay for it, we will very seriously consider running it.”

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