Deborah was an in­spi­ra­tional speaker at Kin­sale grad­u­a­tion

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The in­spir­ing guest speaker at the re­cent Kin­sale Col­lege grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony was Deborah So­morin who pro­vided an up­lift­ing pre­sen­ta­tion on over­com­ing home­less­ness and how ed­u­ca­tion had saved her and her lit­tle boy.

The Dublin woman, a char­tered ac­coun­tant and now in her early 20s, was 13 years old when she be­came home­less with her fam­ily in the cap­i­tal over 10 years ago.

She is the founder of the not for profit com­pany, Em­power the Fam­ily, that will open stu­dent ac­com­mo­da­tion with af­ford­able qual­ity child­care for lone par­ents between 18-23 in third level ed­u­ca­tion.

Ms So­morin spoke at the grad­u­a­tion event in the Sáile cen­tre, Kin­sale, where over 600 peo­ple were present.

Liz Moyni­han, di­rec­tor of Kin­sale Col­lege, out­lined the unique pro­vi­sion of­fered by the col­lege in its wide range of cour­ses. She said that forg­ing of links with lo­cal and re­gional em­ploy­ers who of­fer valu­able work experience op­tions was fun­da­men­tal to such en­deav­ours, and helped sow the seeds for wide-rang­ing en­tre­pre­neur­ial ven­tures for the grad­u­ates of Kin­sale Col­lege.

Stu­dents grad­u­ated from Level 5 & 6 cour­ses in health­care, child­care, of­fice administration, busi­ness, hor­ti­cul­ture, art, mul­ti­me­dia, TV & film pro­duc­tion, drama, out­door ed­u­ca­tion, pro­fes­sional cook­ery, and in a new and ex­cit­ing English course.

The col­lege of­fers stu­dents the most up-to-date, rel­e­vant and be­spoke ca­reer guid­ance ad­vice, Ms Moyni­han said. It en­sures that its cour­ses com­ple­ment labour mar­ket de­mands while be­ing recog­nised by third level col­leges as a sound ba­sis for the pur­suit of dis­ci­plines at un­der­grad­u­ate and fu­ture post­grad­u­ate lev­els.

The col­lege, she said, has only just be­gun in terms of driv­ing and de­vel­op­ing their unique ethos and ex­cel­lence as a cen­tre of learn­ing. Pos­si­bil­i­ties for fu­ture de­vel­op­ment are bound­less, she added.

Kin­sale Col­lege is cur­rently en­rolling for Septem­ber 2018 and will hold its next open day on Fri­day, Au­gust 31, from 10am to 2pm.

Liz Moyni­han, Kin­sale Col­lege di­rec­tor, Shan­non O’Sul­li­van, health­care stu­dent of the year, and Deirdre Mullins, Haven Bay Nurs­ing Home.

Deborah So­morin, guest speaker at Kin­sale Col­lege grad­u­a­tions

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