Clonmel students feel the value of return to education

Having participated in one of the South Tipperary VEC Adult Education Programmes, Clonmel VTOS learners celebrated their significant achievement after receiving their Leaving Certificate results in August.

Having participated in one of the South Tipperary VEC Adult Education Programmes, Clonmel VTOS learners celebrated their significant achievement after receiving their Leaving Certificate results in August.

Fourteen learners who participated in the Core VTOS programme, which has been run at C.T.I. Senior College for a number of years, were delighted and justifiably proud to have been successful following their two-year commitment to full-time education.

Adults who have not completed upper secondary education still feel that this is a barrier to gaining employment and achieving this certification places them on a level playing field, allowing them to progress to Post-Leaving Certificate Programmes or to third level education.

On returning, these adults bring their wealth of experience to the programme which is extremely valuable. Adult learners have many external factors to contend with such as childcare, running busy households or perhaps caring for elderly parents. Therefore, completing the two-year programme is indeed worth celebrating.

Derek Mulhall felt that he benefited greatly from taking that step back to learning:

“Returning to education was a very positive experience for me as it helped me to achieve the goals that I wasn’t able to achieve when I was younger. I would definitely recommend this route to others”. Derek has just commenced a one-year FETAC level 5 IT Programme at the C.T.I. Senior College.

Karen Fahey, who has just commenced a four year degree programme in Social and Community Studies at the LIT, Thurles, felt that returning to education was a positive experience:

“I left school at 17 without completing my Leaving Certificate but returning was always something that I had planned to do. After the birth of my son Killian, I was even more determined to complete my education. I loved the relaxed atmosphere in the classroom. We were always treated like adults and our tutors were there to offer help and support. I am looking forward to the challenge that lies ahead”.

Anne McGuire found that the course gave her an opportunity to set herself a goal, which built her self confidence allowing her to achieve very favorable exam results:

“I enjoyed our many field trips which provided variety and an alternative to the classroom, while continuing to learn”.

For more information on VTOS programmes in South Tipperary please contact the South Tipperary Adult Guidance in Education Service (STAGES) at 052-6126269, or check our website, www.tippsouthvec.ie for a free copy of our Course Booklet.