Calderdale College Celebrates Colleges Week28th September 2011
Calderdale College is celebrating the 4th National Colleges Week (26th September – 2nd October 2011), organised to highlight the role colleges play in transforming the lives of learners. Calderdale College attracts a wide range of learners from all educational backgrounds whose lives are transformed by their time at the College.
Ross Murdie came to Calderdale College straight from school. He was interested in the IT and wanted to obtain a BTEC National Diploma to help start his career in the IT industry. He found the College environment welcoming and the assistance of tutors when he went through a difficult patch at College invaluable in helping him achieve his qualification. Ross enjoyed college life so much he became involved in extracurricular activities such as being a student champion where he represented the college at events.
Miranda Blackburn is a local woman who left school without any qualifications. Inspired by a documentary on forensic science Miranda decided that this is what she would love to do as a job. She initially studied at Calderdale College for her science GCSEs followed by literacy and numeracy qualifications to enable her to progress through to apply to study forensic science at Huddersfield university. Miranda’s positive attitude and the help of her tutors at Calderdale College have turned her life around.
Steven Smith’s story is a shining example of how, with the help of the College, learners are able to overcome tremendous adversity in order to achieve their full potential. After being made redundant during the recession, Steven decided to return to education after over ten years away, believing that he had an ideal opportunity to finally follow his dream of studying music. Unfortunately, during the final months of his last semester Steven suffered three broken vertebrae in his spine after a serious motorbike accident. In spite of this, he still managed to produce excellent final piece submissions, which he attributes to the helpfulness and understanding of the College and its staff. Whilst still incapacitated in hospital his tutors arranged for all his lessons to be recorded and sent to him, thus enabling Steven to keep up to date with his course. The success Steven has achieved at Calderdale has gained him a place at The University of Huddersfield with the aspiration of continuing into a career in Music Therapy.
Calderdale College has a wide variety of learners each with their own goals and aspirations and Colleges Week is the education sector’s major showcase for the vital role that Colleges play in providing young people, adults and businesses in the UK with the opportunities they need to succeed. From 26th September-2nd October, Colleges around the country take part in a range of initiatives designed to engage young people, parents, post 19 adults and employers by highlighting the range of courses on offer and the excellence of the teaching available. See www.Collegesweek.org for more information.
As part of Colleges Week, students will be creating their own short film, music video or documentary about college life and what being a student at Calderdale College is really like. Their films will be shown at a film premiere evening later this term with prizes being awarded the most creative entries.