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Advanced Technology Centre

Opened in summer 2016, the Advanced Technology Centre at Central Sussex College is one of the biggest developments to the college in recent years.

The centre, based at the Crawley campus provides opportunities for students, Apprentices and local businesses to engage with the latest technology – enhancing the skills of the current and future workforce in this rapidly expanding sector.

The Advanced Technology Centre (ATC) is home to an exciting range of programmes focusing on renewable and sustainable technologies and engineering, along with specialist courses designed to meet the needs of local employers and to promote the progression of our students into high-skilled industries.

Students and employers have the opportunity to work together, with the ATC securing its reputation as a hub of technological innovation for Sussex and the surrounding area. This includes exhibitions of the latest technologies and projects, as well as seminars and workshops streamed to the state-of-the-art live wall in the visitors’ centre.

With an investment of £1 million funded by the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and the college, the Advanced Technology Centre has four key areas: Visitors’ Centre, Learning IT Suite, Zoned Workshop Area, Higher Education Centre.

The Advanced Technology Centre has four key areas:

Visitors’ Centre

The Visitors’ Centre is a hub for showcasing sustainable energy solutions through exhibitions, events and presentations. It is also available for use by the college’s employer links and partners to trial and exhibit new renewable and engineering technologies.

Learning IT Suite

The suite includes a comprehensive computer and tablet provision for students to model and explore technological prototypes and designs in areas including robotics and electrical technologies. Students also have access to the latest CAD (computer aided design) and CAM (computer aided manufacturing) software.

Zoned Workshop

The large, zoned workshop space creates individual hubs of development where students can engage in research and practical activities in environmental technologies, hybrid car technology, electronics and training on computer numerical control (CNC) routers. The format of the workshop promotes collaboration between different technological disciplines, encouraging innovation and enhancing student learning and progression opportunities.

Higher Education Centre

The engineering Higher Education Centre provides HNC and HND students with a dedicated space for class-based learning. Students can test their theoretical knowledge and bring their ideas to life in the Learning IT Suite and workshop.