Scotland’s Minister for Schools & Skills, Keith Brown, visited Elmwood College recently to meet students and to be given a tour of the College.
Mr Brown was interested in seeing how Elmwood supports international students and students with additional needs both in an educational environment and in the unique supported accommodation provision situated on the College campus.
Elmwood Principal Jim Crooks, greeted the Minister and began the visit with an overview of Elmwood’s international work, before travelling to the Elmwood Orchard to see the developments in production horticulture.
Mr Brown then spoke with Chinese students at the College’s Golf Course, some of whom are employed there over the summer period. The minister was keen to find out the challenges they faced learning in a country that, initially was unfamiliar to them.
He also visited the newly relocated Autism Base, where he answered questions from students with additional needs and had the opportunity to see some of the activities they were involved in.
The visit concluded with coffee and refreshments in the Principal’s office, where he was briefed on Scotland’s Landbased Colleges project.
Principal, Jim Crooks, said, “The Minister was very impressed with all that he saw and heard and promised to return.”
Keith Brown has been the Member of the Scottish Parliament for Ochil Constituency since May 2007. Before his election he served for eleven years as a councillor in Clackmannanshire, and held the post of Council Leader from 1999 to 2003. He is a graduate of Dundee University and a former marine who served in the Falklands War.
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Jim Crooks, Alison Boyle - Head of Inclusion, Mark Purvis – Student
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Jacqueline Boyle – Student, Keith Brown