Graduation dreams come true for Rugby students

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STUDENTS from Warwickshire College’s Rugby centre were among the 300 people who achieved higher education qualifications and graduated last week at a ceremony.

Students were presented with their qualifications by Principal and CEO, Mariane Cavalli and guest speaker, entrepreneur Deborah Leary at the ceremony in Leamington.

Students were graduating from their studies at the Leamington, Warwick, Rugby, Henley-in-Arden and Moreton Morrell centres.

Guest of Honour and speaker, Deborah Leary, OBE, is one of Britain’s top women entrepreneurs and Founder and CEO of award winning company Forensic Pathways Ltd. Deborah said to students: “I am really honoured to be standing before the great leaders, artists, business people and parents of the future. Whether you choose to work as an entrepreneur or in industry, you have got to be passionate about what you do. As you go out into the world you will create waves and ripples that will have the power to create immense change and to do immense good. It won’t always be an easy journey, but it will be an exciting one.”

Paul Trodden gained his Foundation degree in Engineering with Distinction at the Rugby centre and was also awarded Warwickshire College’s coveted award for ‘Outstanding Higher Education Engineering Performance’.

Paul wanted to improve his qualifications to enhance his career and initially began studying his degree by day release and then by evening class as he started a new job at Ilmor Engineering in Northamptonshire.

Paul says: “It was a bit of a juggling act, combining a brand new job with completing my Foundation degree, but I am so glad that I persevered because it has certainly enhanced my career prospects. The College staff fully understood my situation and they were superb, spending lots of extra time with me. Studying at Warwickshire College has also boosted my confidence a great deal.

“My ambition is to be a development engineer at Ilmor where I would be part of a team responsible for the design and development of new and existing engines for wide ranging applications. As far as my studies go, I want to continue learning and have now been accepted to study for a BSc Engineering degree at Coventry University, where I hope to achieve a First with Honours.”

Students received a range of qualifications including foundation degrees, HNDs, HNCs and honours degrees, in subjects as diverse as mechnical engineering, teaching, digital film and video, early years and events management.