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Lakes College celebrates its Annual Award Ceremony

Lakes College West Cumbria celebrated the success and achievements of its students at its annual Award Ceremony on Thursday 7th July.

The event took at place in the SEN Centre at Lakes College and was attended by over 300 students and VIPs. College Principal, Chris Nattress, hosted the ceremony while John Male, Curriculum & Qualifications Manager at NuGen, attended as the guest speaker and Dan Johnson, 22, from Workington, a HND Art Student, was chosen as the HE student speaker.

Higher Education students were awarded their graduation certificates, while Further Education students were recognised for their hard work and achievements in a variety of subject areas. Chris Morrison, 59, from Whitehaven, a HND Computing & Systems Development student, won the Higher Education Achievement of the Year award for his hard work and dedication to his course. Dulcie Hyland, 26, from Cleator Moor, studying for her HND in Business, won Special Achievement of the Year for exceeding in her role as a Community Champion following the 2015 floods, whilst also keeping up with the demands of her full-time studies.

Jordan Hartley, 20, from Maryport, won the Pauline Chorley Endeavour Award which recognises students who show grit and determination during their studies. There were also several Apprenticeship Awards, which recognised students’ achievements in the workplace. Conner Greaney, 22, from Maryport, won STEM Academy Apprentice of the Year, sponsored by Morgan Sindall; Jessica Warren, 18, from Maryport, won Business Academy Apprentice of the Year sponsored by David Allen Accountants, while Andrew Potts, 26, from Workington, won the Civil Engineering Academy Apprentice of the Year award, also sponsored by Morgan Sindall.

Lakes College also recognised the hard work from local employers. Sellafield Ltd was awarded Large Employer of the Year, while SME Employer of the Year went to Haven Care Centre Ltd, and the Community Involvement Award was granted to Allerdale Borough Council.

Chris Nattress, College Principal, comments, “I am proud of each and every one of our students who are graduating this year, and I’m confident that every one of them has the potential to realise their dreams. Our students work exceptionally hard to gain their qualifications, and this year is no exception. The Awards Ceremony is a fantastic opportunity for them to showcase and celebrate their achievements, and every one of them should be proud of what they’ve accomplished. I wish all of them the very best for the future.”