With effect from 1 April 2018, Walsall College and Walsall Adult and Community College (WACC) have merged in a move which will provide enhanced education and training opportunities to students, residents and businesses in Walsall and the West Midlands.
The decision to merge was ratified at the Walsall College board meeting which took place on 15th March following a period of consultation and the completion of the due diligence process.
The merger means that Walsall Adult and Community College will officially become part of Walsall College. The delivery of WACC courses will, continue as per current arrangements.
Announcing the merger, Jatinder Sharma OBE, Principal & Chief Executive of Walsall College, comments: “This is an exciting development which combines the already excellent resources and expertise of each college, providing Walsall and the local area with improved synergy to deliver education and training opportunities.”
Jev Bhalla, Principal at WACC, adds: “The team at WACC is incredibly proud of all it has achieved since being established in 2010, so it is with much excitement and positivity that we start our future as part of Walsall College – an institution with an outstanding reputation both in the local area and further afield.”
Courses, staff and each college’s estate remain unchanged and Jatinder Sharma continues by explaining: “Our commitment to staff, students and the local community at this current time is very much one of ‘business as usual’. Our staffing structures and course options for the future will be considered, as normal, through our annual planning cycle to ensure we deliver the very best education and training and maintain our already excellent reputation.”
Allan Pinnegar, Chair of Governors at Walsall College, commented: “Speaking on behalf of the entire Walsall College community, I’d like to welcome our new colleagues and fellow students and hope you’ll both enjoy and embrace the opportunities that joining together will provide to you. We have an exciting future ahead which will benefit Walsall for generations to come.”