“The best decision I ever made” - a common theme when VTOS students in Clonmel spoke about their Leaving Cert results last Wednesday and reflected on the two-years leading up to that moment.
The Vocational Training Opportunity Scheme has been offering a Leaving Cert course for adults returning to education for over two years now at the VEC campus on The Mall in Clonmel and it remains one of the great success stories of lifelong learning.
This year 14 people ended their VTOS journey with the Leaving or Applied Leaving Cert and all were happy on viewing their grades, with many hoping to move onto third-level education.
Some are going onto courses in Waterford Institute of Technology or in Limerick, others are pursuing the PLC route while more have already secured jobs.
“One, Chris Landy, got half-an-hour off to come down and collect his results and is gone back now,” VTOS co-ordinator Michael Corbett said.
Alan O’Dwyer said he had got on “better than I thought,” with grades that included an A in history.
“I’m starting college in the 26th of this month,” he added. “Social studies in Waterford. Happy out, now.”
Mark Buckley was another whose marks exceeded his expectations - “five Ds would have done me” and he ended up with As in history and business along with a B, C and a D.
“I’m coming back next year to do pre-nursing.”
Digital animation is the next step for Damien Lee, after some time out to look after the children at home.
“One of the best decisions I made,” was how he described returning to education under the VTOS programme.
“I dropped out of school early. I don’t even have the Junior cert, so I really wanted to do this not having done it before.”