OVER 500 people attended a graduation ceremony for the Kinsale College in Acton’s Hotel last week.
Guest speaker, Dr Eddie Murphy from RTE’s Operation Transformation, gave an uplifting presentation on ‘becoming your real self’.
College director Liz Moynihan talked of the forging of links with local and regional employers who offer valuable work experience options, sowing the seeds for wide-ranging entrepreneurial ventures for the graduates of the college.
Students graduated from Level 5 & 6 courses in healthcare, childcare, office administration, business, horticulture, art, multimedia, TV & film production, drama, outdoor education and professional cookery. Ted Owens, CEO of Cork ETB addressed the large crowd stating how impressed he was with the enthusiasm, energy and spirit of the college graduates.
A scholarship to progress to Third Level education was awarded on the night to Sonia O’Keeffe, who excelled at her Professional Cookery course. It was presented by Liam Edwards, representing the town’s active Good Food Circle.
The college offers students up-to-date, relevant and bespoke career guidance advice and ensures that courses complement labour market demands locally, regionally and nationally, while being recognised by third level colleges as a sound basis for the pursuit of disciplines at undergraduate and future post-graduates levels.
SOLAS, in recently observing the practice in Kinsale College in relation to entrepreneurship education provision, has decided to include the College as a case study on ‘best practice FE College’ in their upcoming report on Further Education provision in Ireland.
The College has only just begun in terms of driving and developing their unique ethos and excellence as a Centre of Learning, said Ms Moynihan. ‘Possibilities for future development are boundless,’ she said.
The college is currently enrolling for September 2016 courses.