Our Year in review: A look back on 2018
2018 was filled with exciting updates within the college with the development of new on-site facilities, the launch of our new website and the creation of new programmes including innovative degrees within our Early Years and Sports departments.
January began with the successful delivery of our blended degree programmes for the level 7 in Early Childhood Studies. This approach was developed in response to the evolving requirements of the adult learner and to facilitate those working fulltime wishing to progress to degree level. These courses enable learners to complete a degree with the greatest of flexibility and enjoy a mix of distance learning with tutorials, online group discussions plus skype calls with dedicated tutors.
During February we saw the introduction of new regional centres of learning with Gort and Roscommon added to our portfolio of regional centres. During 2018 we continued to ensure that that education is accessible to everyone with 14 centres around the country.
During March our sports therapy degree students successfully ran their onsite sports therapy clinic. The Clinic was open to the public and clients had the opportunity to book ahead to receive both assessment and treatments. Our beauty pop up salon also opened its doors with our beauty students having the opportunity to gain invaluable experience dealing with real clients. Every Friday, clients were invited into the salon by appointment only to enjoy an array of complimentary beauty treatments.
In April one of our core departments CME was featured in the Sunday Business Post. This exclusive article detailed the FM industry together with our array of relevant courses.
May saw the return home of one of our early year’s tutors Helen Flaherty from a charitable trip to Zambia. She shared her wonderful story as part of a bigger picture of the work that goes on there. Read full story.
June was a fun creative month with the successful delivery of our photo shoot with our Fashion and Makeup students. During the shoot we had the opportunity to also enjoy the Buying & Merchandising students “pop up store” and live makeup demos. This was the first of our photo shoots for the year!
July saw the launch of our new innovative sports degree programmes which were developed by forward thinking programme manager Susan Giblin. In full support of this we shot an exclusive promo video with some of our dedicated sports students.
August was an important month for the college in its entirety with the launch of our new website.
This month also saw the new delivery on our Montessori courses. Learners can now study Montessori and EECE with the greatest flexibility. We now have 4 study options in place for learners wishing to start a new career in Montessori and ECCE and for those looking to upskill on their current qualifications to perhaps add on a Montessori qualification. Course deliveries include blended and part-time learning.
September witnessed the launch of our new on-site gym to further support our sports students in their learning. We also had the opening of our exclusive new Creative hub for our fashion, beauty and makeup students.
During October we welcomed our new fulltime students across all departments. We also developed some of our most popular health courses as a blended learning option to further improve the accessibility of our health programmes. Our Speech and Language Therapy Assistants, Occupational Therapy Assistants and physiotherapy Assistants courses are now delivered through an online and workshop based approach.
In November we celebrated with our successful graduates at our annual graduation in Croke Park. The team in our Early Years department truly understand the value of volunteering. As part of their ongoing volunteer work College Director and head of the department Denise Flood, along with the Montessori Manager and graduate Natasha Murphy and a team of Early Years tutors and students travelled to Pune in India to carry out work with BSSK charity. The team spend a selfless week there and were involved in delivering self-defence training, running art and craft camps for the children and mothers in the community and delivered first aid training sessions in basic first aid skills.
December is always an important month for us to reflect on the great achievements of all of our graduates. For many they like to share their journey and we love sharing success stories across all our departments to give potential learners an encouraging glimpse into their chosen course and opportunity within the sector.