SRC Newry student making her career dreams come true

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SRC Newry student Caoimhe McKee is making her career dreams come true by completing her Foundation Degree in Early Year Childhood Studies at the local college.
Caoimhe McKee from Armagh is making her career dreams come true by completing her Foundation Degree in Early Year Childhood Studies at Southern Regional College (SRC), Newry. Caoimhe is pictured with Donna Hughes, Learning Support Manager, Southern Regional College (SRC)

Caoimhe is pictured with Donna Hughes, Learning Support Manager, Southern Regional College (SRC)

Through her determination and after several attempts Caoimhe gained the necessary grade in Maths to enter higher education at SRC. Before she started Caoimhe, who lives in Armagh, was unsure if she would be able to complete the course without the additional assistance she would need from SRC. Speaking to Newry Times, Caoimhe said, “I’m really enjoying my time at SRC and I’ve made a whole new group of friends. I got to spend 12 weeks in Finland on a work placement through the Erasmus programme. “I would never have had this opportunity if I hadn’t gone to SRC. When I graduate I hope to be able to be able to fulfil my ambition of becoming a classroom assistant or carer,” she added. The Department for Employment and Learning is running an awareness raising campaign to promote the benefits of Higher Education to all. The campaign will target those people in schools, communities and the workplace who are most able, but least likely to consider higher education in order to raise awareness of the potential value and accessibility of higher education to all in the community.
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LearnSpark1Employment and Learning Minster Dr Stephen Farry said, “At almost 50%, Northern Ireland has the highest participation rate of any area of the United Kingdom in higher education. We also have the best record in the UK in attracting students from low-income backgrounds. He added, “Whilst we can be proud of this, much more work needs to be done to raise awareness of the potential value and accessibility of higher education to all who can benefit from it. Caoimhe’s story clearly demonstrates the benefits of higher education.” For further information on how you can ‘Reach Higher’ or to find out more about higher education visit: http://www.nidirect.gov.uk/skills or call 0300 200 7876.

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