ITT Tralee IT
From craft to postgraduate level. ITT has over 3,500 full-time and part-time students and 250 staff.
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Established in 1977, the Institute has operated autonomously since 1993. It provides education and training, facilitates industrial research and consultancy, and is a major engine of economic and social development in the region, which encompasses Co. Kerry and parts of counties Cork, Clare and Limerick.
The Institute offers courses at Craft, National Certificate, National Diploma, Degree and Postgraduate level, in the disciplines of Business Studies, Humanities & Social Studies, Hotel, Catering & Tourism, Engineering & Construction Studies, Science & Computing and Nursing & Healthcare.
Tralee Regional Technical College, as it was then called, was established in 1977. At that time it was envisaged that the role of the College would be to provide a limited number of one-year and two-year Certificate programmes validated by the NCEA and an extensive range of Engineering Apprenticeship courses linked to FS, with plans to cater for a total student population of 350 by the turn of the millennium. It was thought then that the College would primarily serve the South-West Munster region, and that is still the case with the student population drawn mainly from Kerry and parts of Counties Clare, Cork and Limerick.
The development of the Institute historically has been in the context of national educational policy that promoted increased participation at third level. In a period of sustained growth in the Institute of Technology sector, there was an increasingly relevant role for the Institutes in the development of the region they served and the development of a knowledge-based economy with labour market demands for highly qualified graduates.
Now with a learner population of over 3,500, the policy of providing programmes to satisfy regional demand for graduates still holds today, and the Institute now offers programmes at craft, national certificate, diploma, degree and postgraduate level.
From its inception, it was Institute policy to offer educational opportunities to disadvantaged and disabled students and we have an enviable record of achievement in this area. Throughout our history, staff have been actively involved in the development of the local community, and in assisting the socio-economic growth of the region through research and development activities.
One of the most significant developments for the Institute in its twenty-five years of existence was the RTC Act (1992), which gave significant operating autonomy to the Institute and acted as a catalyst to its further development. A further major development was the re-designation of the college as an Institute of Technology in 1997. IT, Tralee celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2003.
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