Central Bedfordshire College Principal Ali Hadawi CBE, proudly showcased the College’s most outstanding students at its annual Student Awards Ceremony 2016, held at the main campus in Dunstable yesterday afternoon (Thurs 17th June).
Over 20 students were selected to receive awards in this special event attended by the Mayor and Mayoress of Dunstable and the Mayor of Houghton Regis along with councillors from Central Bedfordshire and Luton, key employers, staff and of course a room full of very proud parents.
HND Media student Edd Hawkes aged 29 from Eaton Bray, was awarded a prize for his consistently high grades on both his practical and theory work. A voracious film maker, Edd has already secured employment at a production house which he will start in July.
Enthusiastic Beauty Therapy student Alice Buttle aged 20 from Luton, has stormed ahead in her Level 2 course completing well ahead of the allotted time. With exceptional attendance she has built a very strong rapport with clients to the College’s onsite training suite as well as with her fellow students. She will continue to develop her skills on a Level 3 Apprenticeship.
Animation student Carrick Colver aged 18 from Luton, has also impressed his tutors by not only achieving extremely high grades but by demonstrating dedication and commitment to his projects that has seen him working in the studio virtually full-time, which will prepare him well for work in this demanding industry.
Access student Joanne Heatley aged 50 from Letchworth, was awarded her prize because of the standard of her work throughout the two-year course. A teaching and learning assistant, she is now going on to the University of Bedfordshire to train as a primary teacher.
Mr Hadawi, who opened the event with a keynote speech, highlighted not only the students’ achievements but also the outstanding year for the College following its very successful Ofsted and QAA inspections, said: “It is important for us to acknowledge the achievements of our students who go beyond expectations to achieve the very best for their future.” He continued: “I am proud that as a college we are able to provide students with such a progressive and harmonious environment – as highlighted by Ofsted, supported by outstanding teachers, in facilities that foster the development of the high level skills and knowledge that employers and universities want.”
The event was held in the College’s new student run restaurant following its £14 million refurbishment last year. Parents and dignitaries were treated to a full afternoon tea prepared and served by the College’s hospitality students.
The College received a rating of Good in its recent Ofsted inspection for the second time running making it one of the leading colleges for quality in the Bedfordshire area and on this basis the college is launching over 40 new courses for September 2016.