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$8.3M Digital Academy Opened At Northampton College

An $8.3 million digital academy was recently opened at Northampton College in the United Kingdom. This venue will give students access to one of the region’s first dedicated esports arenas.

An official opening ceremony for the esports facility was held on November 23rd. The event was hosted by Peter Horrocks CBE, the chair of the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP), which helped partly fund this new space.

“Our Digital Academy is far more than classrooms and computer screens,” said the Principal of Northampton College, Pat Brennan-Barrett. “It is a place where the future will be created before our very eyes. “We live in a world where the rapid development of technology allows us to be smarter, more connected, and more ambitious than ever before, and our new Digital Academy is fully equipped to train the next generation of digital experts. Our courses and apprenticeships allow individuals to explore digital careers and progress through a pathway of qualifications leading to higher education, apprenticeships, and employment. By working closely with industry professionals to develop each of our programs, these courses will lead to real-life job opportunities for our students.”

The state-of-the-art digital academy is outfitted with a television studio, digital workshops, a Mac suite, and a digital design studio. The venue is open now and available to Northhampton College students as well as other people interested in esports education.

(All information was provided by Northampton Chronicle & Echo and Northants Live)

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