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Tánaiste launches College Awareness Week at Grangegorman

Posted: 25 November, 2015

College Awareness Week 2015 (CAW) was launched at DIT Grangegorman by An Tánaiste Joan Burton TD.

An Tánaiste Joan Burton launching College Awareness Week at DIT Grangegorman

Kathleen O'Toole-Brennan, organiser of CAW2015 thanked the Tánaiste for lending her support for the second year, and for highlighting the objectives of the initiative.  Running from Monday 23 – Sunday 29 November, over 600 College Awareness events will take place around Ireland to inspire and inform students about the full range of college options open to them post-secondary school and to help them to choose the course best suited to their interests and abilities.

                           Bob O’Mhurcú, DIT, introducing students to speak at the launch

Welcoming An Tánaiste, students and partners to the event, the President of DIT Professor Brian Norton said “We are delighted to host the launch of College Awareness Week and to support its aims.  It is extremely important that education is seen as a right for everyone, and this week of events taking place around the country offers a perfect opportunity to highlight the wide range of options open to all students post-secondary education.  Whether you choose apprenticeship, further education or a degree programme, the most important thing is that you are in a position to make an informed choice about what and where to study.”

                         Colm Cooper, Kerry footballer and AIB Youth Ambassador

Several schools were represented in the audience, as well as students from Maynooth University, DCU, RCSI and DIT.  To give the students’ perspectives on the choices they are making, Bob O’Mhurcú, Head of the DIT Disability Support Service, introduced four students from primary school to third level, each of whom described their own plans for their education.  They were:

  • Sean Killalee, 12 year-old primary school student, Francis Street CBS, who has won a scholarship to Belvedere College
  • Victoria Doyle, secondary school student, St. Paul's Monasterevin
  • Shauna Langtry, graduate of Cavan Institute of Further Education, now studying Visual Communications in DIT
  • Helena Deegan, who is studying International Business & Languages (German) in DIT

College Awareness Week is supported by the Higher Education Authority, the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals and the Institute of Guidance Counsellors. The National Parents Council Post-Primary, the Irish Union of Second Level Students and Irish Business Employers Confederation have also come on board to lend their support.

DIT students Helen Deegan and Shauna Langtry; An Tánaiste Joan Burton; Sean Killalee, Francis Street CBS; and Victoria Doyle, St. Paul’s Monasterevin.

College Awareness Week organisers thanked AIB and Perrigo for sponsoring the campaign and for their dedication to the betterment of communities and Irish society, through enhanced educational experiences. 

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