25 February 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Cavan and Monaghan ETB’s Community Education and Adult Literacy Graduation took place in the Garage Theatre in Monaghan’s Education Campus on Monday the 22nd February.  Deirdre Byrne, Community Education Facilitator with CMETB, welcomed everyone and congratulated some 120 students who were in attendance to receive Levels 3, 4, 5 and 6 Certificates in subject areas such as Healthcare, Gardening, ESOL, Bookkeeping, Construction, Childcare, Cookery and Computers. Many more students had also achieved awards but were unfortunately unable to attend on the night.  Deirdre acknowledged the wonderful work done by tutors throughout the county in the delivery of community education courses.

Dr Linda Pinkster, Adult Education Officer with CMETB, acknowledged the contribution made by the learners’ families to their achievements, the support given to students by the Adult Guidance Service and the immense work done by the Community and Adult Education staff, Market Street.  She stressed that the part-time learning options available within CMETB are immense and offered something for everyone.

Councillor Cathy Bennett, Chair of CMETB, welcomed all learners and their families and congratulated staff on an extremely professional service provided.   She noted the positive impact engagement in education has on the life of the learner, their families and the community at large. She urged learners to continue with their education journey. Joe Mc Grath, Chair of the Adult Education Board, welcomed everyone and encouraged all in attendance to pursue their education and consider the vast array of opportunities available locally. John Kearney, EO, praised all in attendance and gave a brief overview of the newly acquired training function of the ETB.

Liz Leonard, student guest speaker spoke about her journey into education. Having left school in the 80’s, she has now successfully completed a Level 5 Construction Technology Award with the Adult Education Service. She acknowledged the difficulties of returning to education while also juggling family life but highlighted how supportive and encouraging fellow classmates and tutors were. She explained how much she enjoyed the journey and how she is now about to face a new challenge – she has applied for a Level 8 Programme in DKIT. She highlighted how she is looking forward to sharing rag week with her own children and how as Nelson Mandela highlighted “Education is a powerful weapon”!

Students were then presented with certificates by Joe Mc Grath and Cathy Bennett.  Students, tutors and guests alike then enjoyed a catch up with one another over some refreshments.  We, in the CMETB Adult Education Department, would like to sincerely congratulate all students on their success and wish them the best for their future.  If you are interested in hearing more about what the adult education service can provide, please ring 047 30800 or call into the CMETB Office on Market Street Monaghan.

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