Mark Spencer from Calderdale College in Halifax was today named VQ Hero - Young Learner of the Year 2009 for Yorkshire and the Humber. The VQ Hero Awards are part of VQ Day taking place on 24th June, a national celebration of vocational achievement and the many paths to success taken by learners of all ages. The Awards demonstrate the talent, commitment and rigorous standards involved in gaining a vocational qualification. Mark, 18, has now been invited to represent the region at the national VQ Day ceremony in London where the overall national VQ Hero for England will be presented their award by celebrity chef James Martin, who is a vocational learner himself. National awards will also be presented to winners in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland on VQ Day.Halifax student named Yorkshire VQ Young Learner of the Year 2009 – full story
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Three children's charities will benefit from a 140-mile coast to coast cycle ride organised by Calderdale College Sports Development Officer Craig Waterworth. Craig will be riding from Scarborough to Blackpool on July 18 and 19 with colleagues Des Hazel, Sam Dexter, Tim Holden, Jade Curry, and Damien Kilkenny, along with their friend Matt Frazer. The team aims to raise money for the Sick Children's Trust, Candle-lighters and St James's Hospital, Leeds in support of Craig's 10-month-old son, Ruddi.Riding for Ruddi – full story
Graphic Design Degree students are exhibiting their work in an End of Year Show at Calderdale College. The one-year Top-Up course, which converts an HND qualification to a full BA Hons. Degree, is run in partnership with Leeds Metropolitan University and attracts students from across the UK as well as overseas. "We're one of only three training providers in the UK to provide this one-year top-up course and we've built up a good reputation in the three years since it began", explained Patrick Dolan, Graphic Design course tutor. "We have students from Nottingham and Manchester and even from Spain this year".Graphic Design Degree attracts students from across the UK – full story
A presentation event was held for the Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) and the Certificate of Education students. The event formed part of an assessment whereby the learners had to produce a poster, which tested not only their computer and design skills put also research capabilities and give a short speech to support this artwork. Students from both courses were able to choose a theme whether it be an area of their own interest or something more topical such as literacy, numeracy or dyspraxia. Over 50 people attended the event including representatives form the University of Huddersfield as well as friends and supporters of the students.Postgraduate Certificate of Education Presentation Event – full story
Calderdale College has signed up two of its students to take part in the latest make up contest. Alexandra Sharpe and Rozzina Austin who are currently on the Fashion and Photographic Make-Up course are taking part in the annual National Student Make Up competition organised by the Jane Iredale College Programme. Every year the challenge is themed with this year being Shakespeare: any play; any character; any gender. Alexandra has chosen Lady Macbeth from the baird's dark, murderous tale whilst Rozzina has opted for Mercutio from perhaps the most famous romantic tragedy of all time, Romeo and Juliet.College students to take part in a national student make up competition – full story