Dewsbury COLS winners are shining examples

Katarzna Pierzgalska'Kirklees College COLS (College Outstanding Learner Success) awards
Katarzna Pierzgalska'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 Dewsbury were Angela Melvin, 27, from Headfield View, who studied Beauty. She was nominated by tutors Bev Taylor and Leah Parrett who said she was an excellent role model.

Fellow Beauty student Katarzna Pierzgalska, 34, from Scafell Court, was nominated for coping with language barriers.

Business student Aneesa Rasool, 20, from Heron Close, Ravensthorpe was nominated by her tutors for getting through personal barriers with numeracy and literacy at the beginning of her course. They said: “Aneesa is succeeding as a product of her own continual drive. The combination of additional support and further independent study has helped Aneesa develop at an astounding rate.”

Ben Coult, 18, from Camilla Court, Dewsbury, who studied construction, was nominated by tutor Mark Howroyd.

He said: “He has shown exceptional drive to succeed, he consistently produces high quality work, and achieved a merit in his end of year exams.”

IT student Chris Denton, 20, from Slaithwaite Close, Thornhill Lees was nominated by tutor Lynn Williams for the exceptional quality of his work, which was demonstrated when a company adopted his website for use after his final year project.

Coursemate Hashim Mulla, 22, from Headfield Road, Dewsbury was nominated for his perseverance despite personal and health issues.

Steven Brown, 19, from Partridge Crescent, Thornhill, who also studied IT, was nominated for being proactive with hus work.

Bushra Patel, 22, from Warren Street, Dewsbury who studied English for Speakers of Other Languages, was nominated by tutor Kate Lindley.

She said: “Bushra works very hard to improve her English, both in and out of the classroom, and this is reflected in her excellent standard of written and spoken work. That she has only been in the country for two years and been so successful is testament to her hard work and dedication.”

Hair student Melissa Teale, 29, from Walnut Lane, Chickenley, achieved high standards of work, “contributing to college life and in every session attended.”

Health and Social Care student Katie Brenthall, 27, Northstead, Ravensthorpe was nominated by tutor Melissa Sykes for achieving the grades to get herself university despite being severely dyslexic and a mum.

Science student Marie Vissenga-Williams, 42, from Huddersfield Road, was nominated by Debra Maltas for juggling family life, work and her coyrse. She said: “I admire her resilience and her determination to show her friends and family that she can achieve this level of education so long after leaving school.”

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