WEST College Scotland has picked up two new awards.

Despite a record-breaking 104 entries being received across Scotland at this year’s College Development Network Awards, West College Scotland, which has a campus in Clydebank, was highly commended in the health promoting college category for their PROSPER initiative.

This engaged staff and students in a year of cross-campus activities, and included free mental health awareness training, workshops on healthy eating and exercise, and lunchtime yoga classes.

The hair and beauty team were commended in the essential skills category for their work in setting up the WCS with SCVLPTVR Skills Academy in the West End of Glasgow.

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The initiative takes teaching out of the college and into the salon, where students gain “real-life” work experience, setting prices, making contacts and marketing themselves through their own social media platforms.

Liz Connolly, principal, said: “I want to thank and congratulate everybody who delivered these two outstanding projects. I am delighted that the important work our staff are doing has gained this national recognition.

“At West College Scotland, we are proud to say we put students at the heart of everything we do. These projects prove that. Both have had positive impacts on the lives of our students.”

“I am extremely grateful to all involved.”