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An evening of celebration for Ellesmere Port HE students

April 2, 2015

Successful students from Ellesmere Port celebrated their achievements at West Cheshire College’s Higher Education Graduation Ceremony on 15th January 2015 at Chester Cathedral.

The ceremony welcomed Kirsty Henshaw as guest speaker. Kirsty, who appeared on Dragon’s Den and is now owner of Kirsty’s, which specialises in healthy ready meals, presented certificates to the students.

Students honoured at the event had studied more than 25 different higher education qualifications including Foundation Degrees in subjects such as ICT, Travel and Tourism and Public Services; as well as professional qualifications such as AAT Diploma in Accounting, CIPD Advanced Diplomas in Human Resource Management and CMI Diploma in Management.

Alice Hurst, 20, from Ellesmere Port, received a BTEC HND Diploma in Travel and Tourism Management. She said: “I studied Travel and Tourism in high school and really enjoyed it. Ever since then it has been my goal to work in the industry.

 “Last year the College helped me get a job as a Holiday Representative in Turkey which gave me great experience.

“I also feel that what I’ve learnt on the course as a whole has given me the right skills and experience to get a good job in the industry.”

Nigel Davies, Principal and Chief Executive at West Cheshire College, said: “This prestigious awards ceremony is a special day for each student as it celebrates individual and collective achievements. 

“We are extremely proud of our students and encourage all of them to achieve their potential whether that continuing to university, starting their own business or entering their chosen career.

“On behalf of everyone at West Cheshire College, we would like to wish our students the warmest congratulations and well wishes for the future.” 

Guest speaker Kirsty Henshaw added: “I’m honoured to be here and present the certificates to the students. Each student should be enormously proud of their achievements.

“Since I launched Kirsty’s, I have learnt many lessons on my journey. I would say each individual should find a focus and work towards that. The secret to finding your own success is finding what you think is successful and what makes you happy. Follow your heart, don’t give up and work hard.”

At the end of the evening, Kirsty presented Chester student Luke Bailey with the surprise Student of the Year Award for his hard work and dedication during his Public Services course.

Luke Bailey, 20, said: “I am over the moon about winning Student of the Year. Whilst studying at the College I was also the Student President, which gave me a lot of great experiences and helped build my knowledge and confidence.”

If you are interested in studying a Higher Education qualification, West Cheshire College is hosting a Higher Education Open Evening on Wednesday 28th January at their Ellesmere Port Campus from 4pm – 7pm. For more information on the open evening call our admissions team on 01244 656 555 or visit

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