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EDUCATION: Women at Working Men's College, Camden

EDUCATION FEATURE
Published: 2 January, 2012

SO easy to get to, in zone 2 and with nearby free evening parking, WMC the Camden College is really popular both with women trying to get back into work and for working women seeking part time evening or daytime courses in the arts, humanities or languages. Indeed one woman student thinks of "WMC" as "Women and Men in Camden" as well as "Working Men's College"!



Single parent women see the Level 2 courses in Health & Social Care, Childcare, Teaching Assistants, Medical Admin or Business Admin as a great chance to get their foot into the world of work.  Many will qualify for free or concessionary fees, and courses are free if they need first to improve their key English and Maths skills.



The host of creative courses at WMC from ceramics to singing, painting to jewellery or textiles are ideal for women seeking an outlet from work.  Nikki Whyte a fashion student and 2012 WMC Award winner developed amazing knitted textiles skills, extending them alongisde one our leading knitwear designers. Rosh Keegan started making small pots to get away from her own business but, inspired by her WMC ceramics tutor, was soon making stunning ceramic sculptures. Though many students, such as Sarah Lucas at the end of last century, go on to become professional artists, very many women treasure the chance to develop their creative side alongside other work.



Women's writing is alive in the supportive Creative Writing classes and Literary Nights. There are women singing from beginner’s level upwards and in the WMC World Choir with its expanding repertoire, or making music on guitar, harmonica or percussion. Beginners language classes are possible to fit in after work and still have some evening left for the children.

Comments

Working Men's College

Just a little bit of history here

Another name for the WMC was 'washing men's collars': I assume relating to a time when there were still public baths and wash houses(?)

Later hsitory

I've known it to be referred to as Women's and Men's College anyone know why?

WMC

The Working Men's College still uses the traditional logo and title but obviously in order to be inclusive they do use other names. In my opinion, they should either decide to stick with the traditional name -or- pick a satisfactory new one and use it across the board on all their signage and information.

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