Abbeyleix Further Education Centre celebrates Major Award

Abbeyleix Further Education Centre had many reasons to celebrate last Friday at the annual FETAC and ECDL awards night held in the Manor Hotel. The night had a particular significance for the staff and students due to the fact that two full-time Level 6 programmes were successfully completed by Co. Laois VEC students for the first time at AFEC.

Abbeyleix Further Education Centre had many reasons to celebrate last Friday at the annual FETAC and ECDL awards night held in the Manor Hotel. The night had a particular significance for the staff and students due to the fact that two full-time Level 6 programmes were successfully completed by Co. Laois VEC students for the first time at AFEC.

It was an exciting moment for the graduates when they were presented with Major Awards in Art & Business and Business Administration and a proud night for the staff of the Centre. The impetus for the development and introduction of both courses came from Abbeyleix Further Education Centre’s own students who expressed an interest in furthering their studies in Art & Business in Co. Laois and if possible in the study environment of the Centre. Completion of a FETAC Level 6 course enhances students’ prospects of employment and progression to third level.

A number of students who completed the course last June went on to study at 3rd level institutions throughout the country including Carlow IT, Tallaght IT, Tipperary Institute and Limerick School of Art & Design.

FETAC Certificates were presented across a range of disciplines – Art/Craft/Design (Portfolio Preparation, Level 5), Art & Business Level 6, Nursing Studies (Level 5), Community Care (Level 5), Business Studies Administration (Level 5), Business Studies Secretarial (Level 5), Business Administration Level 6, Vocational Skills (Woodwork, Pyrography, Upholstery, Art & Design, Computer Applications, Horticulture, Room Design at levels 3, 4 & 5), Care of the older Person (Level 5). There were a total of 140 students to receive FETAC component awards, FETAC major awards, Equal Skills, ECDL and ECDL Advanced certificates.

Helen Kavanagh, Centre Director, congratulated the students and acknowledged the vital supporting role students’ families play in helping them complete further and continuing education studies. Helen congratulated the staff on their professionalism and dedication which ensured the great success the Centre has experienced. She wished the students all the best with their future careers and studies and reminded them that the doors of Abbeyleix Further Education Centre are always open to them.

Joe Cunningham Adult Education Officer for Co. Laois VEC congratulated the staff of the Centre. He congratulated each of the students and awarded the certificates on the night. To close the awards ceremony 3 Art and Design students – Maria Desmond, Fiona Doyle and Amy Brannigan – presented a piece of artwork for the new reception area of the VEC offices. The piece was accepted on behalf of Anne O’Keeffe, CEO of Co. Laois VEC, by Joe Cunningham who thanked the students and tutors who worked on the piece last summer.

The Awards Ceremony was followed by a reception in the hotel. Staff, students and their families had a very enjoyable evening.

Art/Craft/Design (Level 5):

Rennie Ashmore Buenting, Amy Brannigan, Lisa Conroy, Ann Marie Delaney, Maria Desmond, Fiona Doyle, Aisling Dunne, Nicole Kelly, Gemma Lalor, Aisling Maher, Rachel Marum, Michelle McCartney, Steve Nolan, Mairead O’Dwyer, Peig Ryan, Chloe Young

Art & Business (Level 6):

Angela Byrne, Jackie Dunne, Neill Dunne, Mary Hennessy, Luke Monaghan, Agnes Murray, Catherine O’Brien, Anita Phelan, Nora Reilly, Patricia Anne Wallis, Andrea Woodgate, Wendy Wright

Business Administration (Level 5):

Laura Dunne, Ruairi Feehan, Annette Graham, Dean Hanley, Lynda Kelly, Colette Lewis, Teresa Lewis, Josephine Maher, Lawrence Martin, Katarzyna Onuorah, Liam Ryan, Martina Shalloe

Business Studies Secretarial (Level 5):

Denise Behan, Claire Bourdais, Deirdre Brennan, Betty Coughlan, Deirdre Cunningham, Maurice Downey, Antoinette Monaghan, Clodagh Phelan, Sandra Whiteford

Advanced Certificate in Business (Level 6)

Margaret Behan, Natasha Brereton, Carina Chambers, Tim Chambers, Martin Conroy, John Dunne, Mary Dunne, Annetoinnette Gleeson Mills, Catherine Gray, Paula Hennessy, Zena Kenna, Ferenc Kuris, Limor Maher, Patrick Malone, Declan Moran, Jose Noronha, Monica Ousley

Nursing Studies/Community Care (Level 5)

Linda Collins, Carly Conroy, Eve Culleton, Louise Dwyer, Valerie Fawsitt, James Fennelly, Susan Flannery, Sabrina Gilroy, Charlene Harvey, Patricia Hibbitts, Jamielee Jackson, Lesley Anne Kirkman, Philip Lalor, Nichola Lanigan, Julian Lynch, Violet Madu, Stephen Malone, Mary Mansfield, Grace McGinty , Aisling McKenna, Jenine Purcell, Sabrina Ruth, Uljana Sergejeva, Rachel Smith Delaney

Vocational Skills Modules (Level 3, 4 & 5):

Inete Biske, Michael Carton, Jarlath Doyle, Michelle Farrell, Maria Garcia Gomez, Eddie Kinnane, Carmel McManus, Sean Mills, Geraldine O’Neill, Colm O’Reilly, Bernadette Quigley, Peter Redmond, Aija Riba, David Rollo, Mary Scales, Sanita Watson

Care of the Older Person (level 5):

Lucia Aldema, Christine Behan, Georgina Herlihy, Jaison Jose, Aileen Luttrell, Catherine Lynch, Tori Lynch, Joyce Maher, Bijumon Mathew, Jose E Thomas, Suraj George Thomas

IT component certificates:

Jennie Anderson, Phyllis Carroll, Dermot Claffey, Joseph Dillon, Gertie Dunne, Kathleen Gorman, Stella Kealy, Annie Lalor, Neil Mahon, Cecilia McDonald, Mary McWey, Sean Morgan, Luke Morris, Betty Murphy, Agnes Phelan, Ann Smyth, Neelam Rana Zaid

ECDL Certificates:

Day Class

Denise Behan, Claire Bourdais, Ruairi Feehan, Colette Lewis, Teresa Lewis, Jose Noronha, Clodagh Phelan, Liam Ryan, Martina Shalloe, Sandra Whiteford

Evening Class

Mary Therese Burke, Sarah Dunne, Kathleen McEvoy, Sarah Phelan, Michelle Seale

Equal Skills Certificates:

Michael Carton, Robert Kosmecki, Ann Maher

ECDL Advanced Certificates:

Margaret Behan, Natasha Brereton, Martin Conroy, Mary Dunne, Catherine Gray, Zena Kenna, Ferenc Kuris