On Thursday 28 June Sale Waterside Arts Centre played host to Trafford College’s Student of the Year Awards, which celebrated the outstanding achievements of students, some of whom have bravely battled against adversity to achieve success.
Principal Sir Bill Moorcroft presented students from a broad range of subjects with a Student of the Year trophy and certificate in front of over 150 guests.
Amongst the award winners was Dwaipee Sarkar whose commitment to her Access to Health Care course greatly impressed her tutors. Dwaipee, 32 from Manchester, had been working in a high-pressured government position for 15 years when she realised there was no further progression in her role and decided she needed a challenge. Having always aspired to follow in her parents footsteps, both of whom had worked in medical professions, Dwaipee was particularly interested in Occupational Therapy. However, aged just 11, Dwaipee’s father and role model, tragically died in an accident. Despite having always imagined continuing with her academic studies, Dwaipee felt her priorities had to change so she decided to complete her course at college, go into full-time employment, and concentrate on being there for her family.
Despite being very successful in her role, Dwaipee never gave up on her dream of returning to education. Aged 31, she put her flat up for sale, gave up her job, and returned home to live with her mother, determined that it wasn’t too late to make her dreams a reality. Enrolling on Access to Health Care course with Trafford College, it wasn’t long before Dwaipee was impressing her tutors and fellow students with her drive and enthusiasm. Unsurprisingly to all those around her she gained distinctions throughout her course. She is now looking forward to starting her degree in Occupational Therapy at the University of Salford and plans to follow in her father’s footsteps working with amputees and specialising in Paediatrics.
Dwaippe commented after receiving her award, “I am on an absolute high having completed my course. Going back to College has meant sacrificing a lot, but I wouldn’t change it for anything and it has been totally worth it. The best thing to have come out of all this has been proving to myself that I can be academic and do anything I want to do in life. Working in this profession is built into me; it’s the only thing I want to do, and I’m so proud that I’m following in my father’s footsteps. To anyone thinking of returning to education, I’d urge them to go for it! You’ll meet people from all walks of life and it will be the best thing you’ll ever do.”
Principal Sir Bill Moorcroft added, “I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the students across the College, who have once again proved why Trafford College is one of the leading training providers in Trafford and Greater Manchester. Every year we are moved by the incredible stories and successes we share at our award ceremonies. They are testament to the hard work and dedication demonstrated by our students across a wide range of subject areas, and we wish them all the very best as they continue their journeys in the future. Well done to everyone.”
If, like Dwaipee, you are considering a career change, or perhaps you would just like to learn new skills, Trafford College has a wide variety of courses on offer starting from September 2012. Courses include professional and leisure courses including teaching and flower arranging, to languages and engineering, to name a few. Enrolment for courses starting in September are between 2pm – 7pm on Wednesday 4 July, Wednesday 11 July, Wednesday 15 August, and Tuesday 21 August at the Altrincham and Technology Centre. There will also be opportunity to enrol throughout September. Visit www.trafford.ac.uk for more details about dates and times for enrolment.
All the pictures from the ceremony can be found on the Trafford College facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/traffordcollege
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