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Former Calderdale College Student Wins Adult Learners’ Week Award

23rd May 2013 <b>Former</b> Calderdale College Student Wins Adult Learners’ Week Award

Former Calderdale College student Cathie Dunn, 56, from Halifax has won a Yorkshire and Humber Adult Learners’ Week award.

The awards took place at Forsters Bistro in Bradford on Wednesday 22nd May to recognise outstanding learning achievements of individuals and innovative projects and acted as a platform which showcased the transformational power of learning.

Adult Learners’ Awards are part of the wider Adult Learners’ Week (18th-24th May), operating nationwide as well as in Yorkshire and Humber. This annual event is the perfect opportunity for adult learners to find out more about returning to education, courses and financial support available.

After being made redundant and deciding to enrol on a British Sign Language course, Cathie’s life has taken an entirely new direction. Her new found skill enabled her to achieve her dream of transforming the lives of young people with learning disabilities. Her tutor Darryl Gee thinks: “Cathie is a fantastic example of how coming to college can really change your life, improve your prospects massively, and most importantly for me, improve the life of other people.”

Whilst Cathie was studying on her Level 2 course she was involved in a car accident and had to miss lessons and cease working. Against all the odds she overcame adversity and continued to be 100% committed to the course. Darryl continued: “She never let her personal life get in the way of completing the course….she constantly tells me that she owes me so much for helping her through the course, and the award nomination was my way of trying to tell her that it is in fact her very self who did all the hard work."

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