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VTOS Shanagolden Awards Presentation 2017

VTOS Shanagolden Awards Presentation 2017
Date: 05 Oct 2017

VTOS Shanagolden presentation of Education Certificates and Awards took place in the Old Stand, Shanagolden on Thursday 28 September 2017. It was wet and windy in the outside world but there was a lovely glow of warmth inside. The formal part of the night was held upstairs, and a colourful souvenir booklet, outlining the year’s activities, was available for all present to view and review.

Melanie Casey, VTOS Coordinator welcomed all present especially the learners, their families, and special guests; Gerard Griffin, National VTOS Co-ordinator and Tríona Lynch the new Adult Education Officer LCETB.

Triona Lynch, AEO paid tribute to the families who supported the learners on their education journey.  She commended the graduating class on achieving 100% progression either to employment or further education and was “impressed by the learners this evening seeing and hearing the benefits they have gained from the progamme.”

Denise Sheahan and Tom Aherne spoke on behalf of the 2nd year students and their journey from day one.   Denise spoke about her experience as an adult learner being a mum to three boys: “Returning to education can be a very daunting experience.  Some people doubt themselves, thinking will I be able to do this or will I be able to complete the course?  From the day I stepped in VTOS door the help support and guidance that I was given was second to none. All our tutors are so helpful. With their help and support every mountain became an ant hill and every assignment and exam completed an achievement.” She wished the graduating class a successful future.

Gerard Griffin complimented the quality programme on offer at Shanagolden and the LCETB commitment to adult learning in the region.  “The confidence gained and the progress that students had made during their journey in the past year was evident here this evening from the learner speakers” He wished everyone well on their life journey and encouraged all to continue to take the opportunity to continue and enjoy education.

Melanie Casey in her address presented a pictorial round up of centre activities over the year. Student life at VTOS though busy academically, also includes extracurricular activities focusing on personal development and positive mental health. She thanked the learners for trusting VTOS and LCETB with their learning journey.


Shanagolden Further Education and Training Centre aims to provide adults with the opportunity to access continuous education programmes. Through learner support and staff training; adults are provided with a second chance of developing skills thus enabling people to cope with technological change.  The centre motto is nothing was ever achieved without enthusiasm.