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The grand opening saw many distinguished guests, including local dignitaries, esteemed partners, employers, and dedicated staff members, gathered together to experience the new facilities.T.H.E. Hub neon sign

A highlight of the event was special guest, TV presenter and journalist, Steph McGovern. McGovern delivered an inspiring address, emphasising the pivotal role of Further Education in shaping tomorrow's leaders and innovators.

The celebration was a testament to the college's commitment to excellence in education and student development. Culinary talents were showcased as catering students crafted exceptional canapés, expertly served by hospitality students; media students captured the essence of the event through photos and videos; and travel and tourism students welcomed and hosted guests throughout the event.

Attendees were treated to an immersive experience, exploring T.H.E. Hub's cutting-edge facilities firsthand. From an esports competition in the dedicated arena to the intricate world of laboratory sciences with hands-on microscopy sessions, guests were treated to a number of interactive activities.Steph McG in esports

Andy Broadbent, Principal and CEO of New ƵAPP Durham, expressed his enthusiasm, stating, "Today marks a significant milestone in our journey as we continue to evolve and develop our college, fostering excellent education and innovation. T.H.E. Hub stands as a beacon of progress and opportunity, empowering our students to excel in an ever-evolving skills landscape."

Steph McGovern echoed the sentiment, affirming, "I have been blown away by the facilities and atmosphere at New ƵAPP Durham and their new development T.H.E. Hub. With their students at the heart of everything they do and their unparalleled relationship with employers, this centre offers world class training and is giving people in the region the skills they need to have the successful careers they deserve."

Steph McG in the ward