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Northern Regional College student, 18-year old Eamon McLaughlin, credits the support he has received at the College for helping him secure an exciting four-year soccer scholarship with Division 1 college, California State University. In July, Limavady-native Eamon will jet off to the sunnier climes of Bakersfield, California to play college soccer whilst studying International Business with a full scholarship which covers the costs of his tuition, accommodation, food and sporting gear.

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A student at Northern Regional College’s Newtownabbey campus has been awarded Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Master accreditation.The MOS programme offers students the option of gaining certification in one or more different Microsoft applications like Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. To become a Specialist Master, they have to pass exams and demonstrate proficiency in four Microsoft Office programmes.

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Secondary school students had the opportunity to experience the very latest in cutting-edge technology at Northern Regional College’s Bring It On event, hosted at the College’s Magherafelt campus. Over 40 students from Magherafelt High School and Sperrin Integrated College spent the day trying out high-tech professional software and innovative hardware that they cannot get their hands on in the classroom and learning about a range of digital careers – from cyber security to programming to animation.

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Louis Bell is a 20-year-old professional cookery apprentice from Carrickfergus. He spends four days per week in the busy kitchens of the Galgorm Resort & Spa Hotel and one day a week studying at Northern Regional College. Louis started his catering career at age 16 in a local café. A couple of years later he was working in the bustling kitchens of one of Belfast’s most exclusive hotels: the Malmaison. How did he snag that coveted job? By asking for it.

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Jennifer is a Food and Beverage Service apprentice at the Galgorm Resort & Spa Hotel. She is 25 years old and comes from Alicante in Spain. Jennifer went to university in Spain and even achieved a masters degree in nutrition. Although she loved her degree, after a few months of working in her chosen field, Jennifer realised the job just wasn’t for her. She decided to make a change and took the brave decision to take her career in a different direction.

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“I love the creativity that comes with being a chef, you get to make people happy with your food”, says James, “So when I was given the chance to learn more and get hands-on experience in the kitchens of one of the biggest players in Northern Ireland’s hospitality sector I just couldn’t pass up that opportunity. It was a no-brainer for me!” James Blair is 18 years old and from Ballymena. He is a professional cookery apprentice at the Galgorm Resort & Spa Hotel and Northern Regional College.

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