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    Students participating in Prof Merridy Wilson-Strydom’s NRF Thuthuka-funded project were excited to launch their book entitled ‘In Our Own Words’ on 18 March 2017.
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Engaged Research – Supporting the Community Education and Training College Sector in the Free State

Creating Opportunities through skills programmes in the Community College sector: Case study of Letjhabile Community Learning Centre (2017)

Merridy Wilson-Strydom


The Free State Community Education and Training College (FSCETC) is one of the nine pilot community colleges recently established by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET). This research project is focused on 20 students who have been participating in a FSCETC and merSETA skills programme being run at the Letjhabile Community Learning Centre in Welkom, Free State. 

The overarching aim of the research is to document and learn from the implementation of this skills programme with a particular focus on understanding who the students are and in what circumstances they live and learn, why they chose to enrol in the skills programme, their experiences of learning in the programme, and what their aspirations are on completion of the training. 

As such, the research aims to assist the college in understanding the potential of skills programmes, to better understand CETC students, and to identify areas of improvement for future programmes. 

This is a small-scale qualitative study. The primary data collection method is in-depth interviews with 10 of the 20 students enrolled in the programme, as well as two of the Centre Managers and the programme facilitator. All 20 of the students will complete a short feedback form about their experiences in the skills programme. 

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