Ballymoney students celebrate successes

Northern Regional College Higher Education students have celebrated success at the college’s Higher Education graduation ceremonies in Ballymena.

Wednesday, 31st December 2014, 11:06 am
L-R David Barkley, Peter Barkley from Armoy graduating from HND in Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Eileen Barkley at the Northern Regional College Higher Education Graduation. INBM52-14S

The students come from NRC’s six campuses at Ballymena, Ballymoney, Coleraine, Magherafelt and Newtownabbey

The graduating students completed courses in areas including Education, Sport, Health and Social Care, Counselling, Business and Management, Engineering, and Computing.

Higher education qualifications achieved included access diplomas, Level 4 and 5 certificates and diplomas, University of Ulster entry level certificates, foundation degrees and post graduate certificates in further and higher education.

L-R (Front) Richard Jay, NRC Governing Body, Professor Terri Scott, NRC Principal and Chief Executive, Carmel McKinney OBE, NRC Governing Body Chair and James Morrison, NRC Deputy President Newtownabbey campus. L-R (Back) Brenda Crotty, NRC Director of Planning and Customer Services, Claire Moore, NRC Director of Finance & Corporate Development, Dr Catherine OMullan and NRC Director of Curriculum at the Northern Regional College Higher Education Graduation. INBM52-14S

Congratulating students on their success Professor Terri Scott NRC Principal and Chief Executive highlighted the valuable role of Higher Education qualifications in equipping students with the skills required by employers across the private and public sectors.

Stressing the need to widen participation at this level she said: “With the increased costs of accessing education, Higher Education programmes offer an economic pathway to achieving third level qualifications. At NRC we offer smaller class sizes and close industry links, relevant skills development and a flexible delivery programme to suit those combining work with education.”

Guest speakers included Maired McCafferty, Chief Executive, Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People (NICCY) and Mark Hutchinson, Managing Director, Hutchinson AeroTech/Engineering.

L-R Ruth McFaul graduating from Level 4 Certificate in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (Ballymoney campus) and Gary McFaul at the Northern Regional College Higher Education Graduation. INBM52-14S