There has been a 30 per cent rise in students applying to Wolverhampton College this year.
Bosses say the rise in those wanting to get a place this September compared to last year is down to the increasing number of courses being offered and the hard work of staff and students.
The college has also recently undergone a facelift, which the principal Mark Robertson says has given students a ‘renewed send of pride’.
Mr Robertson, who was appointed principal in May, said the college’s links with big businesses made its courses desirable.
He said: “Students and potential students can see that we have built up strong relationships with some big businesses in the region. We are working closely with the likes of Jaguar Land Rover and Carillion.
“We are also encouraging links with businesses, for example we had a guest speaker from IBM.
“Students can see that by studying here there are better job prospects.”
The college also opened an accountancy academy in September which Mr Robertson said was proving popular along with other new courses such as plastering and tiling lessons at the Wellington Road campus.
Mr Robertson said the recent revamp of the college and investment in technology has also led to more students wanting to sign up.
The Paget Road campus has been repainted, new carpets and flooring have been fitted, while the green areas surrounding the college have been tidied up.
Education bosses have also installed new signage.
The college has invested in new engineering equipment with the help of JLR, an is in the process of installing mobile IT equipment.
Mr Roberston said: “Students who are coming back for their second year can’t believe how much work as gone on over the summer and are saying how it has changed so much.
“I think having a sense of pride in the college is really important.”
Mr Robertson added that he hopes the college would become one of only a few in the country to be rated outstanding.
That comes despite education inspectors rating it inadequate last year.
Since then inspectors have revisited the college and said it is making progress although it still requires improvement.