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LCFE Graduates Celebrate Academic Success

LCFE Graduates Celebrate Academic Success
Date: 30 Oct 2012
Limerick College of Further Education held its annual graduation ceremony at the South Court Hotel, Limerick, on Thursday
25th of October, with over 230 learners receiving awards in various disciplines. Certificates were presented by the Chief Executive Officer, City of Limerick VEC, Mr Paul Patton and the Chairperson, City of Limerick VEC, Councillor Denis McCarthy, who were assisted by LCFE’s management team.

Similar to previous ceremonies held by the College, the event was attended by a large audience of almost 900 guests and graduates. Enrolments at the College continue to expand with over 1,100 full-time learners attending LCFE this year, consisting of over 43 different nationalities, ranging in age from 17 to 60. The demand for places at the College continues to far exceed the number of places available, particularly in a number of LCFE’s core programmes.

Lifelong learning was the central theme of this year’s address to graduates by LCFE Director, Mr Pat Maunsell. He said: “I would recommend to you to be a lifelong learner.  In other words – be good at learning. Job-specific knowledge and skills now change so rapidly that for most people success in the labour market will depend on the acceptance that new skills and knowledge will need to be acquired throughout life.” He went on to mention the recent Forfás report ‘Monitoring Ireland’s Skills Supply – Trends in Education and Training Outputs’: “The recent report emphasizes the shift from skills for employment towards skills for ‘employability’ such as good communication, interpersonal and ICT skills”.
Mr Paul Patton congratulated the graduates on the significant number of award distinctions and merits achieved again this year. He also acknowledged the teaching staff of LCFE in his address. He said: “The large number of awards being presented here today is also an indication of the significant level of dedication by staff in Limerick College of Further Education.” The College is one of seven centres of education run by City of Limerick VEC.