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A Special Evening for Some Special Students

22nd October 2012 <b></b> A Special Evening for Some Special Students

Last week Calderdale College held a presentation evening for their Learning Difficulties and Disabilities (LDD) learners to celebrate their successes over the last year. Christine Thorpe and Liz Schofield from the Halifax & Calder Valley MS Society presented LDD learners with certificates to recognise their achievements and completion of their courses.

LDD learners gained life skills by playing an active role within the local community and taking part in various projects such as the recycling project, learning how to keep themselves safe and healthy as well as using community facilities and different types of technology. They also learnt employability skills by learning how to maintain work standards such as good attendance, timekeeping & meeting deadlines, working as part of a team and customer service skills. They took part in enterprise activities by working in the D cafe and taking part in various fundraising activities for the MS society and Alzheimer’s society as well as voluntary work at local charity shops and helping others in College.

Gwen Goodall, Teaching and Learning Champion, said:” It has been a wonderful evening; all our students passed their course. Everyone has made progress, achieved and moved on; they have either gone on to the next level, started a vocational course or moved on into opportunities in the community.”

Amber Burnett, Entry Level 2 Student who has progressed on to Entry Level 3 in Foundation Learning, Employability and Life Skills said: “I never thought I would get here. Due to my condition I can’t process information as easy as other people and I never thought I would get this certificate and the other certificates or end up on this course.”

“My course was really good and I have noticed a different side of me since I started at the College. I used to be very nervous and now I feel more relaxed as the years have gone on. In the future I hope to progress on to the ICT course at the College”, continued Amber.

Katie Barrett, Entry Level 3 student who has progressed on to the Level 1 Catering course at the college said: “I feel very proud to receive this award - it is fun, but very hard work. I have really enjoyed the course, especially making new friends and socialising with different people. It has made me have more confidence in myself and stopped me being as shy as I used to be.”

Heather Manson, Entry Level 3 Student who has progressed on to the Entry Level Introduction to Hair and Beauty said: “I feel a bit nervous, but I am really proud to receive the certificate. The skills I have learnt here have really helped me. I love styling hair and would like to work in a hairdressing salon.”

Chris Jones, Principal at Calderdale College, said: “There is a real sense of fun, achievement and determination. The learners are a real joy to have here and I know how hard they work. Congratulations - students like you are why we are here.”

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