The head of the region visited the College of Professional Technologies and Business as part of a working trip to the Spassky district on Friday, July 17, 2020.
This secondary specialised educational institution has eight academic buildings, which include 31 specialised rooms, 4 computer classes, 18 laboratories, 5 training workshops, a library, a reading room, as well as the Kolos stadium, a shooting range, a ski base, a gym and two equipped sports halls.
In the 2019/20 academic year specialists are being trained in seven specialties and four training programmes. The College also provides an opportunity to get more than 20 additional working professions during the training period. The number of students is 738, with 127 people to graduate in 2020. The College has established close cooperation with industrial enterprises.
The Governor spoke with students and teachers, visited the classrooms, as well as a new cultural and leisure centre, which includes a 200-seats-concert hall and a dance floor.
As the College principal explained, the entertainment centre was opened at the expense of extra-budgetary funds in order for students to have the opportunity to engage in club activities, spend leisure time and hold discos.
"Before that we rented a regional house of culture, but it was not quite convenient and we were limited in time, so we decided to make our own premises," added Viktor Nikirin, the principal.
The Governor thanked the management, staff and graduates of the College, who took part in the creation of the cultural and leisure centre, for implementing this initiative. He noted the good condition of the territory adjacent to the educational institution.
"You take care of the children. You created a cultural and leisure centre, attracted graduates and caring people. This is an example of how to work with graduates who have achieved a lot in life and are ready to help," Ivan Belozertsev stated.
He also drew attention to the level of the teaching staff's salaries. Currently, the average salary of teachers and masters is 28 thousand 350 rubles, and technical staff has 20 thousand rubles.
"It is not enough. Let's change it," the head of the Penza Oblast set the task.
He instructed the region's Ministers of Education and Finance to increase the level of remuneration for teachers and mentors of secondary specialised educational institutions.