From reaching their ambitions to inspiring others, we have been celebrating students’ achievements at Redcar & Cleveland College.
Highlighting success, the spotlight fell on students from across all subject areas, as part of the annual Celebration of Achievement Awards.
The event offers the chance to recognise those who have gone above and beyond in their studies.
With 25 awards handed out on the night, Redcar & Cleveland College Principal Jason Faulkner, said: “Once again the College has shown that we have plenty to be proud of.”
Awards given out featured Student of the Year titles for each subject area, Adult Learner Award, Higher Education and Further Education awards, Apprentice of the Year, the Overcoming Adversity Award and the Vicki Lawrence Memorial Award.
The accolades are sponsored by Redcar & Cleveland College, The Sir William Turner Foundation, One Awards and Teesside University.
Jason said: “The awards are all about celebrating our students, being part of their journey and recognising their achievements.”
Among our winners was Access to Higher Education Health student Joanne. For her, the event marked the culmination of a year’s hard work and dedication.
Named Access to Higher Education Student of the Year, the Redcar mum-of-four explained that she was inspired into a change of direction after having cared for her terminally ill parents.
She said: “After my parents passed away, I had time to reflect. I had previously been studying sport studies, but caring for my parents made me realise that this is what I wanted to do.”
Signing up for an Access to Higher Education Health course her thoughts were first to become a nurse. But after learning more about the role of the paramedic, this is the route she decided to take. Joanne is now off to study Paramedic Practice at Teesside University.
Stunned to have her efforts recognised at the Celebration of Achievement Awards, she said: “I was speechless, I wasn’t expecting it at all. I was taken aback even to be nominated.”
Equally surprised with her award nomination was Public Services student Aimee.
The 18-year-old from Marske picked up the college’s Overcoming Adversity Award after impressing the teaching team with her exceptional efforts on the course.
“I was quite emotional to receive the award but I was also proud and happy,” said Aimee, who faced a particularly tough year which included the sudden loss of her mum.
Giving her all to her studies, Aimee has been an inspiration to her teachers and classmates and her determination to succeed has now seen her go on to secure a place in the army.
Aimee, however, puts her achievements down to the support of family, friends and all of the teachers and staff at the college. She said: “Without them I wouldn’t have been able to do it.”
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