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Co-ordinator/Tutor

Each class Group has a Co-Ordinator / Tutor who provides on-going support and advice to the students in addition to maintaining records and monitoring progress.

Career Guidance and Counselling service

This service is available to all students throughout the year. Students may contact the Guidance Counsellor at any time for an appointment.

Disability Support Service

The CDVEC Disability Support Service (DSS) is a partnership project between the National Learning Network and the City of Dublin Vocational Education Committee. The Disability Support Officer, Lorraine Deegan is currently available in Plunket College on Thursday afternoons between 1.00pm – 4.00pm and at other times by appointment only.  For further information please contact Lorraine at 8851384 or by e.mail: lorraine.deegan@nln.ie.

The role of the Disability Support Officer (DSO) is threefold: 1. To offer support to individual students and groups of students
2. To offer support and training to college staff
3. To raise awareness of disability/equality issues among the student body

Supports available to students include:
• Sampling and sourcing appropriate assistive technology and specialised software to meet the requirements of individual students.
• Completing funding applications in order to provide classroom support such as note takers, ISL Interpreters and Personal Assistants (PA’s)
• Individual dyslexia tuition
• Assistance with study skills and time management techniques
• Assistance with the preparation of coursework and assignments
• Information and advice on examination accommodations such as scribes and readers

Maintenance Grants

PLC students are eligible for Maintenance Grants which are means tested.  All new applications will be made ONLINE to SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland), a unit of City of Dublin VEC, through www.studentfinance.ie.  Students will have access to information about SUSI grants, BTEA and VTOS funding.  Eligible students may be entitled to creche places.

International students

The College welcomes applications from internation students provided that such students satisfy all the requirements of the immigration authorities and are deemed eligible by the Department of Education and Skills to participate in our courses. We have many international students attending programmes in the college at the present time and their presence contributes greatly to the life of the college in terms of richness and diversity.

Student Activities

Students are encouraged to develop interpersonal skills through involvement in sport, outdoor pursuits, public speaking and debates. They are also encouraged to take an active role in college Open Day arrangements, careers seminars and exhibitions and to participate in fund raising events.

Mature Students

Our extensive Adult Education Programme has always attracted large numbers of adult students for night courses. In recent years there is an increasing number of mature students accessing our day courses also, particularly through the Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS) and through the Back to Education Initiative. Further details of the courses available under this scheme are provided in the “Courses for Adults – VTOS” section of this Prospectus. Mature students are most welcome to apply for any course appropriate to their needs. If you need further assistance in helping to identify the course most suited to your needs, the Guidance Counsellor or VTOS Co-ordinator will be pleased to assist – just telephone for an appointment.

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