Whitireia Community Polytechnic is combining an opening with an Open Day, and a free show as a closing, on Thursday 26 May.
The Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Helen Clark, will start the day by officially opening Te Kete Wānanga, the new Learning Centre at the Porirua campus. This building houses a number of functions at the heart of good student learning. As well as the upgraded library, the building houses the Learning Skills Centre, which helps students develop the skills they need to study successfully. The high success rate of Whitireia students, in both finishing and graduating from programmes, is represented by this innovative new centre.
Te Kete Wānanga is also home to the Online Learning Centre, the hub of all the programmes offered online, and last but not least, the Quality Development Centre, which ensures all programmes and courses offered at Whitireia are academically approved and recognised by the community as quality offerings.
Both Porirua and Kāpiti campuses will be thrown open to the public for the rest of the day so that people can see what a modern polytechnic looks like in operation. Some classes will continue and visitors will be invited to watch classes in action as well as inspect the displays of students work.
Musical entertainment will be provided at Porirua by past and present music students, climaxing with a free show staring Che-Fu, MC Hazaduz and DJ Furious, along with DJ Raw, Whitireia Performing Arts and bands.
Whitireia has emerged as a very successful polytechnic, offering over 130 programmes and courses as diverse as trades, nursing, business, computing, teaching and arts. They range from introductory courses that get people back into study right up to formal undergraduate degree programmes, and even some postgraduate nursing courses. The main focus of the courses is preparing students for jobs, and 93% of last year’s students are either in a job this year or back finishing off their studies. That’s how Whitireia measures success.