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Northern Regional College is extending the popular Career Ready programme to include Business students at its Magherafelt and Coleraine campuses. Building on the success of the IT and Engineering programmes, from September 2018 Level 3 Business students at both campuses will be eligible to participate in the Career Ready programme. Career Ready gives students the necessary employability skills and support needed to get on a good career path. It includes a programme of mentoring, masterclasses, workplace visits and a paid summer internship.

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The achievements of the top performing engineering students at Northern Regional College were celebrated at the School of Engineering and Built Environment’s end of year presentation ceremony. James Heaney, a Foundation Degree Engineering student from Ballymena, won the Dayle Smyth Endeavour award and Antrim student Sam Courtney was awarded the Concorde Cup for the Best Student Achievement on BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Electrical/Electronic Engineering.

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As one chapter draws to a close, another exciting new chapter is about to begin for Kate Linden, the outgoing president of the Northern Regional College Students’ Union. Kate, who completed a BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Travel and Tourism at the College’s Coleraine campus, takes up a new role as Travel Advisor with Selective Travel Management in Belfast, Northern Ireland’s largest independent travel company.

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Three Northern Regional College Lifeskills students – a programme offering support for adults with learning difficulties - have clocked up an incredible combined total of 48 years in the workplace. Philip Waring and Jason Smyth are students at the College’s Coleraine campus while William McCosh is a student at Ballymoney. All three attend the College two days a week. With 19 years’ service under his belt, Philip is one of the longest serving employees at McDonald’s in Coleraine while regular shoppers to Dunne’s Store in the town will be familiar with Jason who has been working there for over 15 years.

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Northern Regional College student Ross McMullan (20) from Ballymoney knows exactly what he’ll be doing on Saturday May 19. He’ll be mingling with the other lucky guests who received a prized invitation to the grounds of Windsor Castle to celebrate the wedding of Prince Harry and Megan Markle. Ross, who is a past pupil of Sandleford School in Coleraine is a LifeSkills student at the College’s Ballymoney Campus where he studies a range of subjects, including IT, Cookery and Health and Safety.

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With just over a week to opening night of their performance of the hit musical ‘Oliver’ in the Riverside Theatre, Northern Regional College students - under the auspices of Northern Lights Theatre Company in association with the Kelly Neill School of Dance - are pulling out all the stops to make this their best end of year show – ever! The bar is raised every year and while the students admit that it will be hard to top last year’s enjoyable performance of School of Legends, they are going all out to do just that.

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