Our graduates from the 1988 WSAD (Wholetime Science Applied Diploma) class recently celebrated their 30 year reunion in the Clarence hotel. They had a fantastic time sharing many great memories of their time in Kevin Street.
The WSAD ( Wholetime Diploma in Applied Sciences) began in 1976 in the College of Technology, Kevin Street, as a course which lead to Diploma awarded by the DIT and a BSc (Applied Sciences) awarded by Trinity College. The course initially consisted of a two subject major, with strands of Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics. In addition, there were modules in a language and management studies. Later, other strands were incorporated such as computer science and food science and food technology. During the 1980’s more than 80 students graduated per annum from the course which emphasised the practical aspect of the subjects. These students went on to work in industry, semi state bodies , or progressed to higher degrees. However toward the end of 1990’s students favoured more career orientated courses and the two subject degree was phased out to make way for courses dedicated to Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Computer Science.