The impressive Skyline room of Hotel Kilkenny was full to capacity as Ormonde College of Further Education staged its annual awards conferring ceremony.
Staff, award recipients and their relatives gathered to enjoy the occasion as over 220 individual awards were conferred on successful learners. The role of Master of Ceremonies was fulfilled by Margie Wall, and there was a palpable atmosphere of celebration as former students were conferred with the fruits of their labours and became reacquainted with classmates and tutors.
Guests of honour included the CEO of Kilkenny VEC Eileen Curtis, chairperson Cllr William Ireland, and chairperson of the Board of Management Cllr Marie Fitzpatrick. All were glowing in their praise of the college and the achievements of the students.
In her address, Eileen Curtis reminded graduates of the important support role that parents, family members and friends played in the achievement of the award recipients.
Also present as a guest of honour, RTE correspondent Damien Tiernan presented the awards to the students of the Media Studies programme, and entertained the audience with anecdotes about his journey to his present career. President of Kilkenny Chamber of Commerce Donie Butler provided the keynote address to the award recipients and reminded them of the importance of staying positive in difficult times.
John Kavanagh, deputy principal of the college, paid tribute to the excellent staff of the college. He said that attention to detail in teaching and learning was the cornerstone of the success of the college.
Ormonde College of Further Education also wishes to formally thank all of the agencies and businesses, both local and further afield, who cooperate with the college in providing valuable work experience to the students every year.
Ormonde College has gone from strength to strength in recent years with a wide range of academic programmes on offer. The majority of its programmes are accredited at FETAC levels five and six, but the college also offers a beauty therapy programme accredited by ITEC, CIDESCO and CIBTAC and an Exercise and Health Fitness Programme that is certified by the National Council for Exercise and Health Fitness and the University of Limerick.
Its academic programme includes full-time courses in Animal Care, Fine Art, Beauty Therapy, Office Administration and Managerial Studies, Childcare, Healthcare and Nursing, Sport and Recreation, Security and Media Studies. The college is currently preparing to publish its academic programme for 2013/14 and has a number of new programmes planned. Details of all of the courses can be found at the college website www.ormondecollege.ie or by contacting the college on 056 7763321.