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A Coleraine woman who joined the staff of Northern Regional College in 2015 as a finance apprentice has just completed her final professional exams and is on track to become a chartered accountant. As a trainee accountant, Catherine Shiels successfully completed a two-year Higher Level Apprenticeship (HLA) in Accountancy at the College’s Coleraine campus in 2017. For the next three years, while working full-time, she studied part-time with Chartered Accountants Ireland and has just completed her final Admitting Exams. When she completes her fourth and final year as a trainee accountant next summer, Catherine can apply for professional membership as a fully-fledged chartered accountant.

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A County Antrim woman who completed a Higher Level Apprenticeship (HLA) in Accountancy at Northern Regional College has just qualified a s a chartered accountant. But unlike many of her peers who went to university, she is embarking on her accountancy career without a penny of student debt. Laura Todd, who is from Ballycastle and employed by Irwin Donaghey and Stockman, said she would recommend the ‘earn as you learn’ route to anyone interested in pursuing an accountancy related career.

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India Marks and Carly Weir, Performing Arts students at Northern Regional College’s Coleraine campus, stand out as they show off their odd socks in support of Anti-Bullying Week 2020. Odd Socks Day, organised by the Anti-Bullying Alliance, encourages people to express themselves and celebrate their individuality. Participants are invited to make a donation to support the organisation. Northern Regional College participates in Anti-Bullying Week 2020 each year to raise awareness of the damage that bullying can do.

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A former Northern Regional College student has urged anyone navigating their way through the university application process to research their options thoroughly. Andrea Craig is originally from Bushmills and is now in the final year of an International Tourism Management degree at Liverpool John Moores University. Her decision to study at LJMU paid off handsomely when she was awarded a valuable Vice-Chancellor Scholarship worth £10,000.

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A Health and Social Care lecturer at Northern Regional College is in the running for a prestigious national education award. Jacqui McAllister from Carnlough, who co-ordinates Health and Social Care courses at the College’s Newtownabbey campus, is shortlisted for the Tes Further Education (FE) Leader of the Year Award – the only individual from Northern Ireland to make the list. The Tes FE Awards are open to teachers, leaders, training providers and behind-the-scene teams.

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Northern Regional College has gone smoke free – the first Further Education College in Northern Ireland and one of the few in the country to ban smoking completely. The smoke free policy, which was introduced at the start of the new academic year, means that smoking is no longer permitted anywhere inside College buildings or in the grounds. Previously smoking was only allowed in designated outdoor smoking areas.

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