GRADUATES and their families packed Priory Church at the weekend to celebrate achievements of higher education students from East Riding College.
Bridlington Priory was full on Saturday when about 400 people were able to see College Principal Derek Branton present scrolls to students who had successfully completed their courses. Few were as happy as Bridlington student Jack Goodlad, 20, who lives off Eastfield Road, and was winner of the Student of the Year award.
The former Headlands school pupil studied on the Foundation Degree in Sports, Exercise and Health Sciences. He was chosen because of the progress he made and for his work outside the classroom.
Unsure whether to move up from a level three sports course to the foundation degree, he became a high-achieving student with consistently improving marks. His voluntary work with the College’s football teams was also a factor and he was rewarded with a part-time paid position as a coach. Two work placements he took as part of the course were also a success and he is now topping up his foundation degree to an honours degree at the University of Central Lancashire.
Jack said: “I was really surprised out of all the higher education students to receive the award. I didn’t expect it. “I’m so glad I did the course because the work I did has helped me to build up my knowledge and experience in this area. The support from the lecturers really helped me to achieve,”
In his address, Mr Branton said “Although it is only a matter of months since they completed their courses, many who were already in work had advanced their careers because of their new qualification while others had secured new jobs with very good salaries. This demonstrates the benefits directly of people investing in their education.”
David Thacker, the chair of governors at the College, said: “A higher education qualification is a feather in anyone’s cap and it was great to see these people celebrating their success, supported by their friends and family in Bridlington Priory.”