Kouvola Region Vocational College

Kouvola Region Vocational College is a multi-disciplinary college where about 2,000 young people study. KSAO Adult Education Centre already has more than 1,000 students and also about 500 in apprenticeship training. Staff number almost 300. At the Vocational College, almost 50 different vocational upper secondary, further vocational and specialist vocational qualifications can be studied for. Continuing education, short courses and training for immigrants complement our offering.

Study sectors are Culture - Technology, Communications and Transport - Natural Resources and the Environment - Natural Sciences – Tourism, Catering and Domestic Services – Social Services, Health and Sport – Aircraft Maintenance – Social Sciences, Business and Administration. Along with studying for a vocational qualification, it is also possible to take the state matriculation examination. The college also provides good opportunities for further education.

Working life co-operation is important and on-the-job learning is a part of studies. New courses have been started with an ear to the needs of working life.

International co-operation has increased significantly in recent years and our work has been awarded a certificate of international mobility. On-the-job learning abroad is increasing – about 100 of our students travel to Continental Europe every year, and almost 80 foreign students correspondingly come to Kouvola to study.

The decades-long traditions of competitions continue. Competitions that develop professional skills have become an established part of our activities.
Over the years, success has been achieved in competitions in many different fields at Finnish, European and global levels. We are also involved in the Kouvola Sports Academy.

Projects and co-operative programmes are part of our operations. They help us to improve our teaching. Usually external funding from authorities or other organisations is sought in order to implement them. The Vocational College almost always takes part in projects by investing a certain share of the funding itself. The college’s largest projects are EU-funded.

We offer a wide range of services. The Vocational College has two hairdressing establishments, Pikkusakset in Utinkatu and Hairmanni in the city centre, as well as two teaching restaurants, Pikkukokki in Utinkatu and Amora in Kuusankoski. There are also a large number of cafés at different sites. It is also possible to buy products and repair services, for example, from many of the departments.

KSAO Adult Education Centre is part of KSAO, offering vocational adult education for the needs of working life. Adult education taken as a competence-based qualification is flexible and the duration of studies is set personally according to the background of the student. Short-term courses are aimed at acquiring new vocational skills, deepening existing skills or receiving necessary explicit knowledge. Adult education may be carried out as independent training, an apprenticeship, labour market training or human resources training.
KSAO Adult Education Centre has sites at Salpausselänkatu and Viitakummuntie in Kouvola. The Apprenticeship Office is also located at KSAO Adult Education Centre in Salpausselänkatu.