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Students and staff across all campuses got involved in a range of fundraising activities across during the College’s annual Wear it Pink week to raise a grand total of £3122.35 for Cancer Focus Northern Ireland. The Wear it Pink theme was embraced with great enthusiasm with splashes around the College throughout the week. Among the many successful events were cake sales, coffee mornings, afternoon teas, raffles and a sponsored walk.

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A County Antrim man with over thirty years’ experience in the construction industry decided to go back to College as a mature student to improve his promotion prospects with Mid Ulster District Council. Oran O’Kane, who is a Building & Grounds Works Supervisor at the Council, was awarded a Foundation Degree in Building Technology and Management at Northern Regional College’s recent Higher Education graduation ceremonies. His decision to go back to books was prompted by the need for a third level qualification which increasingly is a requirement for most management posts in local government.

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Josephine Campbell, manager of the after school Kidz Club in Ballymoney, is looking forward to a well-deserved break from studying having successfully completed a Level 5 Diploma in Leadership in Children Care Learning and Development at Northern Regional College. She was among hundreds of students to graduate at the College’s annual Higher Education graduation ceremony in The Great Hall at Galgorm Resort.

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A Ballymena-based counsellor has taken his ability to the next level by completing a Level 4 Diploma in Counselling at Northern Regional College. Arben Delija is originally from Albania but has been living in the UK for 20 years. He works as a counsellor at Ballymena’s Hope Centre which delivers education programmes in relation to drug and alcohol abuse.

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Northern Regional College and the Department for the Economy are offering 20 Assured Skills Academy training places for people to train as logistics and transport coordinators. Participants in the Assured Skills Academy will receive six weeks of industry-relevant pre-employment training at Northern Regional College's Newtownabbey Campus leading to an industry recognised qualification. Successfully completing the course also guarantees a job interview. The Academy is open for applications on Monday 13 January 2020.

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Engineering apprentices from Northern Regional College in partnership with Ryobi were inspired at their graduation ceremony when Ryobi Managing Director David Watson was presented with an Honorary Fellowship. The College has a long-standing relationship with Ryobi, who support the College’s apprentices as they acquire their Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Engineering. The apprenticeship sees students spending one day per week at Northern Regional College and four days per week at Ryobi, giving them a balance of practical and theoretical learning. In recognition of the effective training provided throughout this qualification, in 2018 the College won the Chamber of Business Award with Ryobi for their Education Business Partnership.

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