Northern Regional College Student Nominated for FE Student of the Year Award


A Newtownabbey student who attends Northern Regional College has been highly commended in the Further Education Student of the Year category at the OCN NI Learner Endeavour Awards 2021. Savanna is doing Route 2 Work, the first in a series of four inclusive learning programmes offered by the College. She was nominated by her lecturer, Rhonda Brady who said she impressed, not only by Savanna’s motivation and enthusiasm, but her positive attitude and willingness to help others.

She continued: “Savanna lights up room when she comes in and it was a privilege to teach her. It was great to watch her grow in confidence as the year progressed. She was very timid and shy when she started the course but now, has enough confidence in her own ability to support others in the class.

“Savanna has had to overcome many challenges but maintains a very positive attitude. She always gives her best and has made good progress knowing that she can accomplish anything she sets her mind to.” 

Rhonda added: Savanna adapted readily to online learning during the lockdown.

“This new mode of learning afforded her an opportunity to showcase her numerous strengths such as creativity, discipline, determination and patience."

Because of COVID restrictions, the awards ceremony was virtual and hosted live on OCN’s YouTube Channel and Facebook. Now in their third year, there were over 200 entries – the  largest ever entry -  and all categories were keenly contested.