INSPIRING students from Chester and Ellesmere Port have been celebrating at West Cheshire College’s annual awards ceremony.
Students and their families from across the region attended a Hollywood-themed ceremony at the college’s Ellesmere Port campus, with award winners arriving on a red carpet and photographed by paparazzi.
Former student and Britain’s Got Talent 2013 semi-finalist Alex Keirl from Chester was welcomed back to the college to perform during the ceremony and performing arts students opened the show with a performance.
More than 40 students received awards on the evening after being nominated by their tutors for being exceptional, and showing dedication, commitment and hard work during their course or apprenticeship studies this year.
Winners studied a variety of subjects including fashion retail, ICT, engineering, construction, vehicle maintenance and health and social care.
Louise Brand, 21, from Chester, won the Cheshire Oaks Retail Academy Retail Student of the Year Award for her dedication on her ABC Diploma Fashion Retail level 3 course. She said: “I moved over from Spain to study at the college. I work in three shops alongside my course – I have had a lot of support from my tutors to keep my work at a high standard.
“I’ve recently been involved in the college fashion show where I made my own collection which was so much fun.
Thomas Evans, 17, of Ellesmere Port, won the West Cheshire College Student of the Year in Carpentry and Joinery Award for his hard work during his City and Guilds Diploma in carpentry and joinery.
Thomas said: “My long-term goal is to be a self-employed joiner.
“I really enjoyed the course and want to continue onto the level 2 course to develop my skills further and then do an apprenticeship.”
College principal and chief executive Nigel Davies said: “At the college we expect our students to achieve if not exceed their full potential. This evening is a clear example of students who have done just that.
“The award winners are inspirational. They are very special and the college is proud of all of our students.”
l For more information about courses and apprenticeships call the college hotline on 01244 656555 or visit www.west-cheshire.ac.uk.
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