Mirfield COLS winners are shining examples

Tyler Sturnum'Kirklees College COLS (College Outstanding Learner Success) awards
Tyler Sturnum'Kirklees College COLS (College Outstanding Learner Success) awards

Outstanding students from Dewsbury were celebrated at an Oscar-style awards ceremony at Kirklees College.

Eighty COLS (College Outstanding Learner Success) awards were handed out at the Huddersfield Centre in December.

Students studying everything from equine and countryside management to motor vehicles and hairdressing received awards, handed out by Huddersfield Town’s commercial director Sean Jarvis.

Among the winners from Mirfield were engineering student Andrew Bell, 30, of Trinity Street Mirfield.

He was nominated by Paul Naylor, who said he was a pleasure to teach and gave 100 per cent commitment.

Hair student Carolyn Carter, 58, of Oddfellow Street, was nominated by tutors A Heywood and L Neville, who credited her positive attitude, friendly manner and sheer determination, which “proved that age and dyslexia do not have to be a barrier to learning.”

Catering student Michael Lalousis, 20, of Hepworth Close, was nominated by tutor Simon Hallas.

Michael impressed bosses at the Savoy in London so much during work experience that he was given a job as a pastry chef.

Health and Social Care student Justine Radbone, 21, of Kings Head Road, was nominated by tutor Melissa Sykes. She said: “Justine was an outstanding learner who achieved good grades, as well as being a carer for her mother. Even with this commitment outside of college Justine managed to complete all assignments before the deadline dates. Justine has managed to progress onto university where she is studying social work.”

Motor vehicle student Marc Empsall, 31, Shepley Mount, was nominated by tutor Carl Davies for putting himself through college while working a part time job to get qualified as a vehicle technician.

Sport student Tyler Sturnum, 19, of Kitson Hill Road,was nominated by tutor Lorraine Lord. She said: “Tyler is a model student, he is well respected by his peers and was nominated as student rep for his course. He is always willing to help other students out when required.”

An open day will be held at the Dewsbury centre on Saturday January 25 from 10.30am-1.30pm.