ESB to power An Cosan VCC rollout

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Pictured: Liz Waters, An Cosan Virtual Community College; Minister for Communications, Climate Action & the Environment Denis Naughton; and Pat O’Doherty, ESB

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3 November 2016 | 0

ESB has announced a three-year partnership with An Cosán Virtual Community College (VCC), to develop an online academic programme for adult learners that is currently being rolled out nationwide through community-based organisations.

VCC, Ireland’s first virtual adult education platform, aims to increase access to further and higher education nationwide and address social inequality through online and mobile technology.

VCC caters for adult learners who have not benefitted from mainstream education, and for those who wish to continue their education in an accessible and affordable way. It combines a virtual classroom, online live lectures with independent activities, assignments and face-to-face sessions in community partner settings.

“This innovative new programme has the power to break down these barriers and offers a unique opportunity for anyone wishing to develop their skills and achieve their full potential,” said ESB chief executive Pat O’Doherty. “ESB is conscious that our staff and our company have been the beneficiaries of historically high standards of educational delivery. We have an obligation to acknowledge and repay that investment made in us and we are pleased to announce our continued support of VCC today.”

VCC director Liz Waters said: “Many people across Ireland face a multitude of barriers accessing further and higher education, ranging from rural isolation and lack of institutional access, to child and family care considerations and, very importantly, financial issues. VCC has the power to break down these barriers and offers a unique opportunity for anyone wishing to develop their skills and achieve their full potential.

“The significant support VCC receives from ESB cannot be underestimated. It has allowed us to create the infrastructure to bring VCC into being. It is also an important statement of belief in what we are doing and an acknowledgement of aligned values. It supports VCC to bring the light of transformative education to the most underserved communities across Ireland.”

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