The Washington MP was invited to Sunderland College to find out more about the soon-to-be-opened City Centre Campus, and to meet students who are currently on the college’s Foundation Learning programme at its recently-extended Bede Campus.
The visit follows the appointment of Ellen Thinnesen, who joined the college in January, replacing Anne Isherwood, who had been at the helm for four years. It is set to be a year of change for the college, with its Hylton Campus closing, and its staff and students moving to the £29m campus.
Hodgson said: “Sunderland College is a huge asset to the city and the wider North East region, and it is great to find out more about the work going into enhancing its offer, with a brand new campus that will deliver a state of the art learning environment right at the heart of our city, and with fantastic connectivity by road, rail and Metro that will draw people from outside the city.
“This is set to be a huge boost for not only young people from Sunderland, but from beyond the boundaries of the city.
“And not only that, but it will transform the city centre, bringing as many as 2,000 young people – with cash to spend – to the area. Its significance cannot be underestimated.”