College sets up alumni group for former students

PUBLISHED: 13:11 13 May 2014

Jasmine Swift-Hyde, Sarah Gore-Booth, Laura Stainer, Beth Horner and Jessica Littlewood.

Jasmine Swift-Hyde, Sarah Gore-Booth, Laura Stainer, Beth Horner and Jessica Littlewood.

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ARE you a former student of Weston College and wish you had stayed in touch with classmates or want to share your success stories?

The college’s new alumni association could solve that problem and keep you up to date with what is happening around campus.

College leaders have registered with charity Future First to set up networks and is now asking all former students to sign up for the association, so they can keep in touch, find out about college news and developments, receive invitations to alumni events and share their post-college success stories.

Thousands of former students have already signed up to stay connected with their old school in different parts of the South West and the college wants to encourage the same surge in Weston to start inspiring young people in a number of ways; as career and education role models, mentors, work experience providers, governors, donors or fundraisers.

Cat Knight, who manages the alumni programme at the college, said: “We’re keen to encourage a Weston College family and so a network of past students, with all their valuable experience, will be vital in helping us to broaden current students’ job horizons and equip them for the world of work.”

Alex Shapland-Howes, managing director of Future First, said: “More than 39 per cent of state school students don’t know anyone in a job they’d like to do.

“If they see that someone who went to the same school, grew up in the same community, has achieved a fulfilling and satisfying job, it helps them see it’s possible for them too.”

Former students interested in joining Weston College’s alumni association can sign up to the scheme by clicking on the former students link via www.futurefirst.org.uk

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