Wakefield College welcomes back star ex-student to visit new centre

Wakefield College welcomed back one of its illustious alumni for a sneak peek into its new £7m Advanced Skills and Innovation Centre (ASIC).

Adeem Younis, the founder of humanitarian charity pennyappeal.org and dating website SingleMuslim.com, saw first-hand the impressive new build that promises to transform high-level skills delivery in the district.

Mr Younis was given a tour of the new facility by Wakefield College director of estates, Jon Howard and saw how the college has worked with employers, Leeds Enterprise Partnership and Wakefield Council on the project.

The former graphic design student said: “It was fantastic to see the progress that has been made at the college I attended and the outstanding facilities available in my home city.”

Mr Younis, who recently took his fundraising total to more than £26,000 by completing the London Marathon by raising money for people around the world who can’t afford a wedding, added: “I sincerely wish all the present and future students all the best, as I know this centre has some of the best classrooms and equipment in the country.”

The new facility, which will welcome its first cohort of students later this month, includes general teaching facilities, specialist engineering labs, a 90-seat lecture theatre, a modern Apple Mac suite and business incubation spaces. The ASIC project has received £3.3M investment through the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership Growth Deal. It’s part of a £1 billion package of investment to accelerate growth and create jobs.