Kennedy PLC stu­dents told of count­less work op­por­tu­ni­ties

New Ross Standard - - NEWS - By DAVID LOOBY

THE Bran­don House Ho­tel smacked of the Os­cars with the ex­cite­ment and sparkle of Kennedy Col­lege Fur­ther Ed­u­ca­tion Awards cer­e­mony.

Cam­eras flashed, gowns flowed as the learn­ers made their en­trance to the ball­room. The in­vited guests and col­lege staff also donned aca­demic at­tire of cap and gown and looked the pic­ture of class at the night which was well at­tended by staff, fam­ily and friends.

Guest speak­ers in­cluded Sean Con­nick, CEO Dun­brody Pro­ject; De­nis Kennedy, Kennedy Col­lege - board of man­age­ment; Karen Hen­nessy, Head of Wex­ford Cam­pus at In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy Car­low; Denise Len­non Hen­nessy, Prin­ci­pal of Kennedy Col­lege; Ni­amh FitzGib­bon, di­rec­tor of Abú Montes­sori, New Ross; Chloe Kelly, a cur­rent Level 6 Learner and PLC Co-or­di­na­tor Jim O’Con­nor.

Mr Con­nick spoke of his per­sonal jour­ney into the world of tourism and of the many op­por­tu­ni­ties that are open­ing up in this area for fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion stu­dents in the fu­ture. The launch of a part­ner­ship be­tween the lo­cal tourism cen­tre, the Dun­brody and Kennedy Col­lege was a key el­e­ment of his speech. Kennedy Col­lege’s new course in tourism and its part­ner­ship for the work ex­pe­ri­ence el­e­ment with the lo­cal tourism of­fice and the Dun­brody was high­lighted.

Ms Hen­nessy spoke of the many ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties that are avail­able to stu­dents through the In­sti­tute of Car­low/Wex­ford part­ner­ship, and the ac­cess and link routes now avail­able to Level 5 and 6 grad­u­ates and her hopes that Kennedy Col­lege grad­u­ates will link in with the col­lege.

Prin­ci­pal Denise Len­non Hen­nessy spoke of

Jane Phillpot with chil­dren So­phie and Tadhg.

the coura­geous and re­ward­ing jour­ney that each of the grad­u­ates em­barked on when en­rolling in their cho­sen fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion course and of the suc­cess and pride that they should now feel hav­ing grad­u­ated.

Chloe Kelly, a cur­rent Level 6 learner, spoke elo­quently of her sheer de­light at hav­ing cho­sen to un­der­take a Level 5 Child­care Course in Kennedy Col­lege last year and the op­por­tu­nity in em­ploy­ment that this has opened up to her.

Ni­amh FitzGib­bon spoke on be­half of Child­care em­ploy­ers and how hon­oured she is to take fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion stu­dents on work ex­pe­ri­ence at the montes­sori school.

Kennedy Col­lege PLC tu­tors, front, from left: Mairead Dunne, Do­minic Hearne, vice-prin­ci­pal; Denise Len­non-Hen­nessey, prin­ci­pal and Christina Meyler. Back, from left: Jim O’Con­nor, PLC co-or­di­na­tor; Mary Cushen, Michelle Walsh, Sarah Lo­gan and Pat McGrath at the Kennedy Col­lege PLC awards in the Bran­don House Ho­tel.

Early Child­care and Ed­u­ca­tion Level 6 award re­cip­i­ents, front, from left; Joanna Dzialosyn­ska, Chloe Kelly, Christina Meyler, tu­tor and Brit­tany Pur­cell. Back, from left: Maria Malone, Pat McGrath, Orla Mol­loy, Cather­ine Good, Jim O’Con­nor, PLC co­or­di­na­tor and Anna Byrne.

Carol White, Dun­can­non and Orla Mol­loy, Rams­grange.

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