Photo credit: Cian Reinhardt / I Love Limerick. LCFE graduation 2016.
Limerick College of Further Education (LCFE) held its annual graduation at the Limerick Strand Hotel on Thursday, October 27 with almost 250 learners receiving awards in various disciplines.
Certificates were presented by Pat Maunsell, Director of the Limerick College of Further Education assisted by LCFE’s management team. Guests of honour included Mr. Paul Patton, Head of Further Education and Training at Limerick and Clare ETB as well as members of the Board of Management of LCFE.
The LCFE graduation 2016 was attended by a large audience of over 600 guests and graduates.This year for the first time each school’s Outstanding Learner received an award sponsored by our Local Employment Engagement participants. LCFE engages with local employers through our work experience and job placement programmes.
Director Pat Maunsell in his address urged all “to stay attuned to your inner voice that directs you as you fulfil your promise to yourself and others.” He also expressed his wish “that we have prepared you in some measure for the career challenges that you face and given you the skills to continue to learn and develop in your future studies and in the workplace” and advised all to continue their education and to continue to up-skill in order to prepare for the many career shifts that may be encountered throughout their working lives.
Mr. Maunsell also commented on the FET landscape which has greatly changed in recent times. It is now recognised as the fourth pillar of education along with primary, secondary and higher education with Further Education and Training as a real valid and valued choice for many people and will increasingly be so in the future.
“We believe that the ETB and LCFE are playing an important role in the recovery of the economy of the Limerick and Clare region and a significant role in getting people back to work and onto to the higher education ladder.
LCFE is playing an important role within the ETB, leading by example and working in partnership with our colleagues within the organisation and with our other partners in this region in education, industry and the community generally. We are expanding and responding to the needs of this growing jobs market.
Like all Colleges, though, we need investment for the future in order for us to achieve our vision and goals. I would call upon Senior Management within the ETB, our BOM and public representatives to do everything they can to gain substantial capital funding for our Mulgrave Street Campus so that we can make it a fit-for-purpose 21st century FET Campus in Limerick and the wider Mid-West.”
Paul Patton CEO FET Division, LCETB commented on how LCFE is a significant player in this provision with both day and evening provision and it grows from strength-to-strength each year offering a wide range of FET courses and quoted Nelson Mandela, “Education is the most powerful weapon that you can use to change the world”. LCFE graduation 2016.
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Pictures: Cian Reinhardt/ilovelimerick