THERE was an excellent turnout at the QQI awards ceremony at the West Cork Campus recently.
Graduates gained QQI Certificates in Level 5 art, craft & design, ebusiness, childcare, healthcare and horticulture, hospitality and level 6 art and business.
In addition, the night-class gained certification in intellectual disability studies.
Spearline Labs chief executive Kevin Buckley, keynote speaker, whose firm is based in Skibbereen, was adamant that it is possible to create opportunities in rural areas. He spoke of the planned expansion of Spearline and encouraged graduates not to wait for the perfect time to fulfil their dreams, but to create the perfect time. He spoke of the advantages of living in West Cork and said we need to appreciate its quality of life.
It has been an exciting year for the college, following its merger with Cork College of Commerce. The West Cork Campus offers locals the opportunity to gain new skills, develop existing ones, avail of relevant work experience, progress in education and gain employment in a new field. Awards were made to:
Level 5 Art, Craft & Design: Laetitia Catalano, Laura Clarke, Ann Conmy Byrne, Alanna Jo Doyle, Rosaleen Kelly, Sylvia Kelly, Aimee Leahy, Cliodhna Nic Alsándair, Helen Shannon, Merle Sindall, Elle Wall.
Level 5 Childcare: Cleidimar Ayres, Trish Barry, Sinead Cooke, Katie Horgan, Laura Johnson, Aisling Lambert, Angela Lowe, Jennifer Maye, Jean Murray, Ciara Michelle O’Donovan, Maria Valcárcel Ares, Niamh Whelton, Justyna Wrzos.
Level 5 eBusiness: Sheila Barry, Carmel Buckley, Aidan Derwin, Kathleen Hurley, Karen Kelly, Beatrix Koehler, Mairead Losberg, Rachel McCarthy, Michelle McDermott, Peter Murphy, Laura O’Connor, Matthew O’Donoghue, Linda O’Donovan, Rosaleen O’Driscoll, Mary O’Regan, Shane O’Sullivan, Christine Pound, Erika Iren Tolgyesi, Brid Young.
Level 5 Healthcare: Hilary Beamish, Seán Brosnan, Liam Cotter, Michael Cullinane, Frances Deasy, Renée Fouché, Dean Geaney, Anna Matuliene, Philip Newton, Karen O’Donovan, Sarah O’Donovan, Laura O’Sullivan, Denise Roycroft, Vivian Tsiantas, Angie Upton.
Level 5 Horticulture: Sarah Jane Campion, Teresa Connolly, Gary Dearle, Kevin Fitzgerald, Bernadette Kilbride, Eleanor McManus, Renatas Odinbergas, Pauline O’Driscoll, Claire O’Neill, Alex Ramsden, Venita Roche-Galvin.
Level 5 Hospitality: Jessica Mulcahy, Kate Murray, Marc Naundorf, Taragh O’Sullivan, Jessica Wagner.
Level 6 Art (Professional Arts Practice): Siobhán Arnold, Nigel Connell Bass, Ossín Hanrahan, Kay Hutton, Rachael James, Daniel Jeffries, Nicola Kitley, Daniel Mahoney, Eímhín McGuirk, Emma Nixon-Gray, Robert Sobura.
Level 6 Business: Jacqueline Cooper, Michael Cunningham, Sonia Fitzgerald, Seán Gifford, Martina Harmon, Tania Hussey, Micheál Leahy, Maureen McCarthy, Ruth McCoy, Jonathan McSweeney, Anna O’Keeffe, Colette O’Shea, Amir Sarder.