Borders College

Access to future success for supported students

In what could be dubbed ‘awards season’ at Borders College, the most recent department to celebrate their academic achievements and success this month was the Access department.

Access to future

Head of Care and Access Faculty Jayne Gracie welcomed Access students and their family, friends and/or carers to the ceremony which saw a great turnout, praising the students’ commitment to their studies. Member of the board of management, Jane Gaddie, who often attends Access Faculty Council meetings and hears about the Access students’ College experiences first-hand, was also in attendance at the celebration (‘SABI’ student Joe Devlin held the position of Access Faculty Council Chairperson this academic session, conducting the role in a very professional manner – he is superseded by student Reece Smith who will begin year 2 of Skills for Learning and Work after the summer break).

Each student group was introduced by their Tutors who made mention of their respective groups’ particular achievements, after which College Principal Angela Cox made individual award presentations to each of the students.

Amongst other activities, Access students run cafes within the College, at Rowlands in Selkirk, and a new café at the Community Wing in Newtown St Boswells – following the awards ceremony, guests were invited to sample food prepared by Access students, with the support of their Lecturer Jill King, as well as enjoy a catch up with staff and students alike.

A number of Access students are this year leaving College to progress to a range of successful destinations including social enterprises, the Project SEARCH programme, mainstream College courses and supported employment.

Jayne Gracie addressed the students, saying: “May I personally wish you all the best for your future and thank you for your contribution to a very successful year.”

Published: Mon 3rd Jul, 2017