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Students see gold at awards ceremony

January 17, 2013

Students from across the north west are celebrating after winning awards at West Cheshire College’s Annual College Awards ceremony-presented by Olympic gold medallist Anthony Joshua on 11th January 2013.

Along with their families and local employers, students attended the event at the College’s Ellesmere Port Campus to celebrate their successes and achievements during their course or Apprenticeship in 2012.

Over 40 students from the region were presented with their awards by Anthony who took home the gold medal in super-heavyweight boxing during London 2012.

Daniel Watling, 23, from Chester who is studying Hairdressing City & Guilds NVQ Diploma Level 3, won the Jenny Ellis Hairdressing Student of the Year award at the ceremony.

He said: “I decided to study hairdressing as it is something I have always been interested in. I’ve done the NVQ Levels 1 and 2 and have progressed onto the Level 3 course.

“The course is really good and I get a lot of hands-on experience as we work in the salon at the College and have our own clients, which is the best way to learn. The tutors are really good and always on hand to give us tips and advice to improve our skills.

“I’m really proud to have won this award and it really shows that all of the hard work put in is recognised and it does pay off.

“I’m not sure what I want to do when I finish my College course- there are a lot of options within hairdressing, but I know the courses at the College will prepare me to go straight into employment.”

Millie Jones, 17, from Ellesmere Port won West Cheshire College’s Most Promising Musical Performer in recognition for her potential and enthusiasm during her performing arts and musical theatre course.

She said: “Since I was a child, I have always wanted to perform. I came to West Cheshire College because the facilities in the new campus are industry standard- so it is the best place to train.

“The course has been really challenging, but I have learnt so much from doing it. I have been involved in a number of dance shows as well as having lead roles in A Chorus Line and Miss Saigon.

“The tutors are really nice and are very easy to get on with, they give you a lot of guidance and treat you with a lot of respect. I think the course will give me all of the right skills to achieve my career goal of performing in the West End.”

Principal Sara Mogel, said: “The College Awards are a fantastic way to celebrate the achievements of individual students who have worked hard and have been successful during their course by showing a high level of skill, self- belief and determination.

“Having Anthony Joshua giving out the awards was inspiring for our students as he has gone from studying at an FE College similar to West Cheshire College to being number one in the world in boxing. I hope he has shown our students that they can achieve anything they want with hard work and determination.”

The event took a different format to previous years as public services student Luke Bailey and sports student Joel Hidalgo took to the stage during the evening to ask Anthony questions about his boxing career, the Olympics and his future plans.

Anthony said: “It was a pleasure to be part of the Annual College Award ceremony at West Cheshire College. These students have worked really hard and deserve to be recognised.  They should be immensely proud of their achievements and I wish them the best of luck for the future.”

For more information about courses and Apprenticeships at West Cheshire College call the College hotline on 01244 656 555.

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