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The college is the largest provider of further education (post-16) courses and work-based learning (apprenticeships) and the sole provider of higher education awards in Calderdale, a Metropolitan Borough in West Yorkshire.
Calderdale College is descended from a number of educational institutions in Halifax, including the Halifax Mechanics Institute (founded 1825), the Halifax School of Art, Queens Road (founded 1859) and the Halifax Technical College (founded in 1893).
Classes in Halifax Technical College began in 1896 with one laboratory, a weaving shed and classrooms. There were 1000 students, 23 part-time teachers and one full-time teacher. The college offered courses in textiles, engineering, chemistry, commerce and ‘women’s work’.
Percival Whitley College (founded 1957) was incorporated into Calderdale College in 1988.
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