Before 1999 West Coast College consisted of several small satellites, which were then merged and officially declared as an FET College in 2002.
West Coast College was the last FET College to be formed in the Western Cape. Unlike other colleges that were formed around the hub of an existing technical college, its systems had to be established from scratch and today the college consists of five campuses. Central Office moved during 2015, in that same year the college officially changed from the name of FET college to TVET college
The Atlantis Campus was originally established in the 1980s as the Atlantis Technical Institute and in 1993 the campus became part of the Protea College. The campus finally merged with West Coast College in 2002.
The Citrusdal Campus opened for the first time in January 1999 as the Citrusdal Centre for Further Education and Training. At first it was part of the Tygerberg College and became part of West Coast FET College in 2002. The campus serves students from the Cederberg area – from Lamberts Bay and Clanwilliam to the Bergrivier-area including Porterville, Piketberg, Goedverwacht and Piket-Bo-Berg.
The Malmesbury Campus opened its doors for the first time in January 2005 and moved to new premises during 2014, whilst the Vredenburg Campus, formerly known as the Westlake College, became part of West Coast College in August 1999. The new Vredenburg campus was officially opened in November 2012.
The Vredendal Campus was started in 1997 and in September 1998 the campus moved to bigger buildings, due to the rapid growth of students.
In the first year of NC(V) implementation in 2007, West Coast College managed to register more students than the required target of 622 and managed to implement all the required programmes. West Coast College is now one of the biggest colleges in terms of the NC(V) intake.
The college has continued to expand its courses and total student numbers projected for 2017 is 9 435.
To be an internationally recognised Technical Vocational, Education and Training (TVET) institution responsive to the skills development and training needs of the 21st centuary.
To provide TVET services of relevance and have a responsive programme qualification mix by training students to:
- Be skilled and capable;
- Have access and success in Higher Education; and
- Exploit Entrepreneurship opportunities
Respect: Treat people with dignity – treat others the way you would like to be Look after property and equipment and report all misdemeanours.
Motivation: Self-driven to achieve individual and West Coast TVET College goals and help others succeed with their goals.
Fairness: Consistent treatment of people yet managing firmly, so that no one feels discriminated against.
Honesty: Doing all things above board with no hidden agendas or for self-gain.
Quality Driven: Pursue all tasks with excellence in mind to enhance continuous improvement.
Responsibility and Accountability: Exercise emotional intelligence, take responsibility and be accountable for all our actions.
Quality Policy Statement
West Coast TVET College is committed to continuously improving the services it provides to internal and external stakeholders and continually strives to exceed their expectations.
This will be achieved by meeting the set quality objectives which will be reviewed on a regular basis, through our commitment to comply with the requirements of ISO 9001:2008.