Business secretary and Liberal Democrat MP Vince Cable visited Newhaven on Wednesday (February 18).
He joined MP Norman Baker on a tour of the new University Technical College being built in Railway Quay, Newhaven, followed by a reception with local businesses.
UTC@harbourside is a new college for 14 to 18 year olds interested in science, technology, engineering, maths and computing.
It is being built in a converted historic marine workshop and will specialise in marine and environmental engineering.
Mr Baker and Mr Cable spoke to builders on site who said the work is on track for the building’s opening in September.
Mayor of Newhaven Judith Ost also accompanied Mr Baker and Mr Cable as well as sponsors.
Sponsors include University of Brighton, Aldridge Foundation, Lewes District Council and Veolia Environmental Services.
Mr Baker said: “The workmen said they were on target for September and students are already signed up and they are hoping to get some students come across from France.
“It is very good news for Newhaven, especially combined with the windfarm [Rampion offshore windfarm]. Newhaven is coming out of the doldrums.
“We hope this will help to revitalise the town centre as well. The college is close to the town centre and students will go into the town to get their lunch and shop.
“It is really good news for Newhaven.”
The college is holding open days for parents and students in Eastbourne this Saturday (February 21) and Brighton on the February 28. For more information visit www.utc-harbourside.org.