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A message from Students at the College of North West London (CNWL) protesting against the decision to close the Kilburn Centre on Priory Park Road.
Why are we unhappy?
Managers came into our classes on Monday 15th March and Tuesday 16th March to tell us of their decision to close the Kilburn Centre on 1st August, 2010. We are very unhappy because the Principal, Vicki Fagg, didn't ask us for our opinions before they decided to close the Kilburn Centre.
We want to go to college to learn. Most students want to improve their education by going to the next level. How are we going to do that, if they shut down our local college?
Many of us are parents with young children and we can't travel to the other centres at Willesden or Wembley because our children go to local schools. Other students young and old also don't want to travel far away to study.
We feel cheated because we have nowhere else to go and our education will be affected.
What's good about the Kilburn Centre?
We like this college because it has courses for young people and older students. The courses offered by the college help us to get qualifications, like English, maths and IT, which companies want when we apply for jobs.
The college is also part of our local community and easy to get to. The staff are very pleasant and helpful and the teachers make things easy to understand.
Why should the Kilburn Centre stay open?
The students can not express in words how important it is for this college to stay open. It is unjust and such a waste of money to close the college because it opened only a few years ago.
It is an important land mark in our community because there are not enough places where people can go to learn new skills. We have a right to an education which suits our needs.
Most students at Kilburn are doing ESOL courses because English is not their first language. Many of them had a difficult past. They rely on their local college and don't have the confidence or the money to travel to the other sites at Willesden or Wembley. If the Kilburn Centre closes, we have no way to improve our education and get the skills to get a job.
The management are holding our future in their hands.
What is the petition for?
The students want to show how strongly we feel about the closure. We are united in the way we feel as students who enjoy coming to this college and want to make a difference. All we ask for is a chance to better our lives and maybe pass some knowledge onto our children.
We really need your support to keep our college at Kilburn open.
Please sign the petition and help us keep the Kilburn Centre open.
THE STUDENTS MAKE AN EXCELLENT CASE AND I HAVE BEEN PLEASED TO SIGN THEIR PETITION. WE NEED TO KEEP LOCAL, ACCESSIBLE EDUCATION VALUED BY THE COMMUNITY. Martin Francis, Geen Party Candidate for Brent North
SIGN THE PETITION HERE