De­served award for Joanne

Mum takes top gong

Wishaw Press - - WINNER - Ross Thom­son

A mother of five from Wishaw has won an award for Aca­demic Ex­cel­lence at New Col­lege La­nark­shire’s an­nual awards cer­e­monies.

Joanne Chivers was nom­i­nated by her lec­tur­ers af­ter study­ing HNC So­cial Ser­vices at the Col­lege’s Mother­well Cam­pus.

The 31- year- old was able to com­plete her course­work, achieve the full com­ple­ment of work place­ment hours and give birth to her fifth child dur­ing her HNC year.

The teach­ing staff worked closely with Joanne to cre­ate a plan that would al­low her to sub­mit work ahead of her peers in prepa­ra­tion for the ar­rival – and she re­turned to her stud­ies six weeks af­ter hav­ing her son.

Joanne said: “It’s un­be­liev­able to know that the staff would even think of me for this award. It’s an hon­our.

“Study­ing came with its stresses, but over­all it was amaz­ing – I loved the teach­ing staff and the ex­pe­ri­ence of get­ting on place­ment, build­ing up my skills and know­ing that I had the sup­port of my lec­tur­ers es­pe­cially in the last year.

“There were times when I felt like giv­ing up, but they wouldn’t give up on me.”

Hav­ing re­turned to full-time ed­u­ca­tion as a ma­ture stu­dent, Joanne pre­vi­ously stud­ied Na­tional 5 in Care and NC Health and So­cial Care.

Cur­ricu­lum and Qual­ity Leader Lo­raine Mcder­mott said: “Joanne con­tin­ued to at­tend col­lege and sub­mit as­sess­ments of an ex­tremely high aca­demic stan­dard de­spite many ma­jor chal­lenges dur­ing her three years of study.

“She worked tire­lessly and com­pleted all of her as­sess­ments and place­ment hours to achieve her HNC.”

De­served Joanne with La­nark­shire Board chair­man Keith Ful­ton

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