Coleg y Cymoedd held its annual learner awards at the Showcase Cinema to celebrate the achievements of those who had studied at the college during the previous academic year.
Judith Evans, Principal at Coleg y Cymoedd welcomed the guests and congratulated the learners on their success. She acknowledged the support of the college staff and also parents and family who had encouraged the learners throughout the year.
She saidâ€ Tonight is one of my favourite events in the academic calendar when we celebrate the achievements of our learners. I am proud to be the Principal and would like to thank the governors who have provided the college with an opportunity to be one of the leading colleges in Wales. We have invested in a new Air Cabin and Motor Vehicle Training centre at the Ystrad Mynach campus, a new Rail Training Centre at the Nantgarw campus and in the new year work will commence on our new campus at Aberdare; we have an exciting future ahead of us withâ€.
Chair of the Corporation Mrs Liz James added her congratulations to the learners and endorsed the vote of thanks to the college staff; stating it is events such as this that reinforce why governors give their time and commitment to the college.
Performing Arts learner, James Owen excelled in his duties as Compere for the evening, leading the programme bilingually, in a highly professional manner.
James introduced guest speaker Michaela Breeze MBE who shared the highs and lows of her successful weight lifting career with the audience. Michaela received a warm response and was delighted to present awards to the learners; who were introduced by members of the Senior Management Team, Karen Phillips, David Finch, Andrew Jarvis and John Phelps.
The 50 award winners were from various levels of courses and departments across all campuses; including a group of Music Technology learners who were received Welsh Language Contribution awards.
The two final awards and closely kept secrets for Overcoming Barriers and Outstanding Achievement Awards had been selected by the Principal from the nominees; Tayiba Aslam received the Outstanding Achievement Award and Daniel Pritchard the Overcoming Barriers Award.
Mr Wayne Warlow, Master of the Worshipful Livery Company of Wales attended the evening to present awards to two A Level learners; Jacob Lewis, who will be studying at Cambridge University and Andrew Williams who will study at Oxford University.
Megan Dimond and Nicole Wilkins, Performing Arts learners also supported the event, concluding the programme with two excellent musical renditions of Tale as old as time, Beauty and the Beastand I dreamed a dream from Les Miserables.
Rhondda Cynon Taff