NEARLY 160 students were shortlisted from over 8,000 from across all three campuses of South Essex College of Further and Higher Education in Southend, Basildon and Thurrock in an evening celebrating outstanding students.
The deserving students come from a whole range of courses, including BTEC National Diplomas, A-Levels and Access to Higher Education programmes to name but a few.
Celebrating Success is the annual awards ceremony for outstanding students of South Essex College. Essentially ‘the student Oscars’ of the College calendar, it saw exceptional students of all ages attend with their guests, with the event held in the sprawling Atrium of the Southend Campus.
It’s real celebration of the diversity of courses, programmes and, indeed people at South Essex College. Its students come from all walks of life; include young people from 14 upwards and adults of all ages, and a huge variety of personal circumstances.
Principal and Chief Executive of the College, Jan Hodges, addressed the students and their guests as she said: “Celebrating Success is a great occasion and one of the highlights in the college year and for me in my job as Principal and Chief Executive.”
“Events such as this are important to show that we are celebrating student’s success but are also key in demonstrating how we’re helping regenerate south Essex. We educate thousands of young people and adults every year. We play a full part in the local economy and provide vital skills training for local business and industry.”
Jan Hodges concluded: “Speaking to our successful students here this evening you should all be proud of what you have achieved. Congratulations to all of you. I hope your success this year will spur you on to even greater achievements in the future.”
Many of the students are now going on to seek employment in their chosen fields or progress onto degree courses at the College or other institutions right across the country.
As well as celebrating awards and achievements aplenty there was also entertainment galore in the form of musical interludes of Media and Creative Arts student performances of excerpts from Spamalot, Ghosts, as well as a flavour of the Fashion Show featuring the best student designs and creations from the past 12 months.