New Creative Mac Suite Opens at College Thanks to Former Mayor’s Legacy

A new-state-of-the-art creative Apple Mac suite was opened this week at The Henley College thanks to a generous donation from the Tony Lane Foundation by Henley Mayor, Councillor Glen Lambert.

Tony Lane was a former Mayor of Henley and every year his estate gives a sum of money for the community of Henley.  This year, The Henley College were delighted to have received a donation for the benefit of its students.

The Tony Lane suite is equipped with ten of the latest technology Apple Mac PCs that will enable the students to gain the latest digital skills and help them to succeed in their future careers.

Glen Lambert said “In this day and age, it is increasingly important for our young software engineers and computing graduates to be skilled on multiple platforms. When I began my career, Microsoft Windows or MSDOS was installed on virtually all computers you came into contact with in business.

This is not the case in 2019, most machines that make up the Internet run Linux or other Unix-like operating systems. Apple hardware is also becoming more and more commonplace and with Apple OSX also being Unix-like, Apple computers provide an excellent platform on which to learn the skills needed in the modern world.

I think it is excellent to see Henley College equipped to provide students with the foundation in computing technology that employers will be looking for when they enter the workplace.”

Sharing memories of the late Tony Lane, District & Town Councillor Lorraine Hillier said, “Tony would be very proud of this facility and so grateful that the money was given to this.  Tony was passionate about Henley – he had a cobblers in Singers Lane. I think more residents visited him there for help and advice than shoe repairs! He used to say it was his ‘Councillor surgery’.”

Satwant Deol, Principal and CEO of the College commented: “We are so grateful to the Tony Lane Foundation for this generous donation. It will really help our students to provide them with the skills they need to operate in the global competitive digital and creative industries.  We know that the creative industry is the one of the largest industries globally for UK plc and generates about £100 billion revenue so this suite will give our future students facilities that they can operate on.”

The College has also received a contribution towards entrepreneurial activities in the community, with an event soon to come in Henley Town Hall. Satwant commented “The forthcoming entrepreneurial activities in the Town Hall in Henley will help to enhance the student experience and offer them the chance to get involved in the community. It is an amazing legacy that will have a very positive effect in Henley-on-Thames.”

Cormac Wooler, a Creative Media Diploma student said, “Having this new suite will make it to easier edit now.  I think the the Mac itself is better than a Windows computer. It will be quicker, more efficient and will benefit our work.” Another student Jemimah Newman-Smith hopes to go to Liverpool John Moores University to study creative media this year, she said, “I want to work in cinematography in the future, it’s really cool that there is a Mac suite at the college now. I have a Mac at home and I find Macs easier to navigate. I think it’s particularly important in the creative media industry as a lot of jobs require you to be able to use Macs and certainly at university you are expected to use Macs.

Prospective students and their parents can view the new facilities by visiting the College during its Information Evening next Tuesday 30th April from 5.30 – 8pm.

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