Scoil Mhuire’s Adult Education department celebrated the success of its students at a graduation ceremony in The Westgrove Hotel in Clane on Wednesday night 14th November. Almost four thousand students enrolled for night classes during the 2011/2012 academic year. A large number gathered to celebrate the success of these students who graduated in courses affiliated to FETAC, ITEC, ACCA and NUI Maynooth.
Two hundred and forty nine students completed FETAC level 5 courses in areas such as Special Needs Assisting, Bookkeeping, Payroll, Palliative Care, Equine Anatomy, Anatomy & Physiology, Digital Photography, Introduction to Nursing, and Care of the Older Person, and level 6 courses in Child Psychology and Train the Trainer. Twenty three students completed ITEC courses. Thirty one students completed courses in Introduction to Counselling and Certificate in Psychology both of which are affiliated to NUI Maynooth.
On the night, students, their families, tutors and members from Scoil Mhuire’s Adult Education Department gathered to celebrate their success.
Edmond Behan, from the Adult Education Department in Scoil Mhuire welcomed graduates and their guests to the ceremony.
Seamas Scully, Director of the Adult Education Department spoke of recent changes and developments in courses offered in Scoil Mhuire. Since the graduation ceremony in 2011, special care has been given to developing FETAC, ITEC, ACCA and NUI Maynooth courses available. Along with a total restructure of FETAC programmes “we have managed to increase the number of learners achieving certificates in this area”. Over the last four years, up to 2012, the autumn enrolment numbers for FETAC courses have increased by more than 130%. The September FETAC enrolment for 2012 stands at 239 learners, including Level 5 and Level 6, the full award in Early Childhood. The evidence is there that courses at Scoil Mhuire Adult Education are recognised and valued throughout Leinster. Present enrolment for certified courses indicates learners are travelling from all over the surrounding counties.
Mr Scully also spoke of the new and recent established initiative with the Credit Union. As part of this unique initiative this year, he has sought the co-operation of the Credit Union and linked in through the Adult Education website with them, in providing education loans to the school’s learners. This will continue in 2013.
Guests on the evening were Minister Seán Sherlock, who is Minister of State at the Department of Enterprise, Jobs & Innovation and the Department of Education & Skills. Derek Barter, Head of Continuing Education at NUI Maynooth was also present as were Deputy Bernard Durkin, Deputy Emmet Stagg and Deputy Anthony Lawlor.
Tutors Rita Stanford, Leo Cluxton, Tommy Morris, Ann Keating, Carol Kenny and Martina Carter were also present.
In his speech, Minister Seán Sherlock spoke of how he was” bowled over by the eclectic range of courses available in Scoil Mhuire” and he felt that there were courses to suit everyone. He congratulated the graduates on their achievements and he paid special compliment to the number of women graduating on the night. He applauded their achievement on returning or continuing in education.
Next Minister Sherlock complimented the commitment of the Adult Education Department and promised to give a voice to Adult Education at Government level.
Dr. Barter complimented Seamus and his staff for the trojan work that they do. He said that “everything they do in Scoil Mhuire is about the Adult Learners”. He hoped that the relationship with Scoil Mhuire and NUIM continues to grow in strength.
Also on the night, Seamus Scully paid tribute to Tom Connolly, a member of staff. Tom has worked in Scoil Mhuire for 29 years and in recognition of his hard work and dedication was presented with crystal.
Edmond concluded the ceremony and graduates, family and friends enjoyed what remained of their special night.
Clane Adult Education Department are delighted to announcethat the Spring Brochure will be available from Monday 3rd December. New courses on offer will be Wordpress Website Design, Online Marketing for Business, Photographic Retouching, Septic Tank Maintenance, “Soundscape from France” and Preparation for return to Education & Training. Popular courses such as Cake Decorating, Hair & Beauty, Zumba, Canine Obedience, Cogitative Behavioural Therapy, Leaving Certificate & Transition Year Maths and Irish will be available to name but a few of the diverse courses available.
For further information log onto www.clanesm.com or phone 045 868255.