Over 200 graduates and 400 guests attended the recent Portlaoise College PLC awards ceremony.
Acting CEO of Laois Offaly ETB Joe Cunningham made a speech, as did principal Noel Daly, congratulating the award recipients. Many graduates are now following further educational routes into universities both in Ireland and the UK, while others have secured employment either full time or part time.
Overall winner and student of the year was Aleena John who completed the pre-nursing FETAC Level 5 course, now studying Nursing Bachelor of Science Honurs in DCU, Dublin. Bank of Ireland Portlaoise branch manager Ken Molloy presented the awards and master of ceremonies for the evening was deputy principal Patricia Cullen.
Students who received awards at the Portlaoise College awards night included: Terance Moran, Art and Digital Media, Chloe Duffy Beauty Year 1, Katarzyna Wiadyslawa Obi, Beauty Year 2, Fatima Khalid Business Management with IT, Nigel Boyhan Business Level 7, Bhoomila Raghawa Henderson Business Administration Level 6, Gary Reidy Information Technology, Iga Jamroz Early Childhood Care and Education, Nicola McCarthy Supervision in Childcare, Aleena John Nursing Studies, Yvonne Rothwell Healthcare Support, Niamh Lawless Social Studies, Lynda Gallaway Community Development Level 6, Sharon Fennelly Health and Fitness Leisure Management, Owen Casey Health and Fitness Sports Coaching, Aleena John, nursing studies, best overall student of the year.
Graduates are now studying in TCD, UCD, DCU. Cork University, Limerick IT, Carlow IT, Athlone IT, Waterford IT, Sligo IT, Carlow College, DunLaoghaire College of Further Education.
Some graduates are continuing their education completing Advanced Certificates at FETAC Level 6 in Portlaoise College and other colleges. A number of graduates are also employed in local nursing homes and crèches and businesses. Bank of Ireland sponsored the Student of the year awards.