Schools from across Dumfries and Galloway took part in this year's college taster day.
About 200 secondary school students have been getting a taste of college life and they've been getting the chance to win some big prizes.
They were taking part in the annual schools competition at Dumfries and Galloway College.
Lori Carnochan reports:
Cumbria is to get its first ever University Technical College..At present there are only 2 in the whole country but it's hoped to have 34 nationwide by 2014.
The schools are aimed at 14 to 19 year olds, they must be sponsored by a university and local employers who must be involved , from the start, in framing the curriculum.
The school day will run from 8:30am to 5:30pm providing a mix of academic and technical studies. The new Cumbria school is connected to the Energy Coast project. The Education Minister Lord Hill welcomed the news saying it would be a great boost to energy jobs locally.
Carlise college will be officially opened today. The £10m building has bespoke teaching spaces, an open plan atrium housing a new training kitchen and a state of the art hair and beauty salon.
Sir George Sweeney, knighted in 2000 for services to education, will be helping to celebrate the opening .