The phrase ‘world class’ is rather overused at the moment – mainly thanks to sporting endeavours.
It’s often mentioned when describing footballers.
Without getting overly political, if footballers were defined by the wages they get, then without doubt, pretty much every single player in the Premiership is world class.
But in terms of performance – well that’s another story.
I don’t doubt that every single footballer or business (or in our case educational establishment), aspires to be genuinely world class. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.
If you don’t get out of bed and want to make a positive difference on any kind of basis, then what’s the point in getting up?
So, as far as Easton and Otley College goes – our mission is to strive for greatness and although I wouldn’t claim to being world class at the minute – that’s the overall aim.
To help demonstrate this, the EADT is running a series of features on us entitled World Class Week.
It’s looking at what the college does, how we do it and why people should consider studying or working with us.
By talking about some of our student successes, industry links and by looking at some of the ways in which our learners progress from education to employment, the articles are trying to highlight our genuine world class desires.
It’s been a great opportunity for me to chat to colleagues at both our campuses and feel their passion for the subjects that they teach, interspersed with genuine tales of learners who have gone on to great things in their careers, post education.
Have a read of the articles if you get the chance.
But of course, we can’t do anything without the support of the local community.
I’ve stated it on many occasions that this community and the many individuals and businesses that live and work in this region – have been tremendously supportive over the years – and we thank you for that.
Unless you are the exception to the rule – (possibly Lionel Messi) you can’t get anywhere in life without the support of others.
So by continuing to work together, collectively, we can all strive to become world class, with or without the Premiership wages.
(Finally, The Otley campus is staging our Big Day Out on Saturday 11 May 2013. The free family fun day starts at 10am and finishes at 4pm – it would be great to see you).