PLC Presentation of Results 2014

There were celebrations at Ennis College of Further Education on Friday, May 16th  as over 100 QQI Level 5 Certificates were presented to graduates of courses in Legal Studies, Business Studies, Childcare, Special Needs Care, Nursing Studies, Community & Health Services, Office Administration/Medical Secretary and, for the first time, Health Science, Physiology & Sport

The college is part of the Ennis Community College campus, which has a long tradition of Post Leaving Certificate and Further Education in Clare. In addition to the QQI courses, the college also offers a two year Accounting Technician course certified by the Institute of Accounting Technicians in Ireland.

Ennis College of Further Education Presentation 2014

Ennis College of Further Education Presentation 2014

Friday’s presentations were made by Ms Catherine O’Sullivan, FETAC External Authenticator, who congratulated the group and highlighted the currency of their awards for further education and in the workplace. She explained that QQI: Quality and Qualifications Ireland had replaced FETAC but provided the same national standard of qualification that was recognised internationally.

Mr John Cooke, Principal of Ennis Community College praised the class for their dedication and hard work. He highlighted the fact that QQI qualifications open the door to third level for many students as they are accepted by the CAO as part of the Higher Education Links Scheme. In addition, he said, these courses offer a wide range of employment opportunities and many of this year’s graduates have already secured employment in offices, creches, nursing homes and sports facilities.

Mr Cooke confirmed that the National Certificate in Health Science, Physiology & Sport, which was introduced this year has been a big success, and will continue. Health and Sport are expanding areas of opportunity and the course is designed to provide the qualifications necessary to gain employment in the fitness and leisure industry or to lay the foundations for further study in this area.

He also announced two new programmes which will begin in Sept 2014: Level 6 Early Childhood Care and Education will enable learners to take on a supervisory role in an Early Childhood Education setting. Level 6 Business delves into business management and will offer a strong foundation for anyone wishing to take on a responsible role in business or pursue further studies at 3rd level. These new programmes have been introduced as follow-on training from Level 5 courses. A prospectus, application form and further details on all courses can be obtained from college reception or the website: www.furthereducationennis.com.

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