Solihull College is to benefit from a £13.6 million facelift, creating up to 100 new jobs and replace the outdated 1960s Simon Digby Campus with a learning village.
This plan for the new landmark buildings was given the green light by regional development agency Advantage West Midlands (AWM) and the East Birmingham North Solihull Regeneration Zone, which approved the funding for the project.
The hope is that the campus will become a flagship development, which will include training facilities, IT rooms, nursery and an iconic three-storey glass atrium.
The old campus is set to close its doors on June 17 after providing more than 40 years of communityfocused learning as a school and then as a further education college.
The new campus will be built in the same area on a more open site, allowing people more access at a time when the college plans to increase courses and pupil numbers.
More than 100 jobs will be created as a result of the initiative, which is also receiving funding from Solihull College, Solihull Council, Government Office for the West Midlands and the Birmingham and Solihull Learning and Skills Council.
John Taylor, chairman of AWM's, East Birmingham North Solihull Regeneration Zone, said: "In today's economic climate the importance of the education and skills of local residents cannot be overemphasised.
"They are key to improving the competitiveness of business and to giving local people access to the best of job opportunities.
"In the north Solihull learning village we are investing in the provision of high-quality local learning facilities that will benefit the communities of north Solihull, east Birmingham and the surrounding area."
Rosie Paskins, AWM's director for Birmingham and Solihull, said: "This is a flagship development and will make a real difference to the community in north Solihull. The existing facilities had clearly served their purpose and, as there was no way to expand at that site, it was fortunate the opportunity came up to take on the site closer to Chelmsley town centre."