Celebrating Success, 17th June 2010

Left to right: Sarah Beales Manager at Brockswood Animal Sanctuary with student Jamie Fanthom and tutor Kate LavenderStudents at Dudley College were honoured at an annual awards ceremony to celebrate their success. Over 40 students picked up awards for their hard work and determination over the academic year and celebrated with their family, friends and tutors at a magical ceremony held at The Broadway campus.

The college works extremely hard to meet the needs of the local community through offering courses that help everyone to achieve their potential and make a difference to their lives.

One student Jamie Fanthom age 18 from Brierley Hill won a 'Distance Travel Award' for personal achievement. Jamie is on a Step Up course for students with learning disabilities and his success has led him being given a job at Brockswood Animal Sanctuary in Sedgley.

Another proud student was Kelly Millward age 32 from Priors Mills, Dudley, Kelly has studied the NVQ level 3 Beauty Therapy course and worked extremely hard this year to complete her qualification despite juggling her role as a single parent while attend a full time course.

In addition to this she won a departmental competition to take part in the UK Skills Competition held at the NEC Birmingham where she won Gold. Kelly will now be taking part in a National Competition where the top 10 beauty students in the Country will be competing against each other. Kelly's tutor Joanne Wooldridge said, "This requires an enormous amount of preparation and dedication. She has had to demonstrate a variety of skills at a very high standard to get through to the final I feel Kelly thoroughly deserves this award."

Around 250 guests congregated in the courtyard and were entertained by music students and magicians, creating unique and exquisite illusions. The evening of entertainment continued with a vibrant catwalk extravaganza from fashion & textile students. The prize winning students were celebrated through a formal presentation of awards. The spectacular evening closed with Musical Theatre students performing a sequence from 'The Little Shop of Horrors'.

College Principal, Lowell Williams said, "The ceremony is an overwhelming demonstration of how our local community continue to triumph through difficult times and exhibit just some of the outstanding talent we have, right here in Dudley".

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