Christmas comes early for An Cosán graduates

by Rachel Cunningham
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Rachel Cunningham

Christmas celebrations have come early for 17 students from An Cosán community education centre in Jobstown, Tallaght, who each graduated last Friday, December 17, with a QQI Level 5 Major Award.

The graduates enjoyed an online graduation with their tutors and families, after the successful completion of a Level 5 course in Business Administration with Digital Skills for Work, Community Development and Social Studies, or Early Childhood Care and Education.

Heydi Foster, Chief Executive Officer of An Cosán, congratulated the students on their accomplishment: “The achievements that we celebrate today cannot be taken lightly. The challenges and obstacles you have overcome to get here are historic and unprecedented, making your educational journey quite unique. 

“You have not only had to navigate through your course work, assignments, and assessments while juggling your home lives, but you have also navigated through a global pandemic, and all that has entailed.

“And yet, through all of this necessary distancing, the one common and notable thread has been the bonds you have formed with each other, the mutual support you have provided and received, the confidence that has been built through your shared experience, and the friendships you have formed in spite of it all. We are incredibly proud of your efforts and resilience during these challenging times.”

Martina Deans from Killinarden, who graduated from the Community Development and Social Studies course, said: “It was a wonderful journey with An Cosán. I met so many people and made new friends. As we took the journey together and helped one another out, it was amazing. We all had our ups and downs but we held together as a class and as friends to make sure we all kept on top of our assignments.

“As for the tutors and staff of An Cosán, they were amazing, always there with tea, coffee and scones, which were beautiful. The staff were so polite and helpful throughout our journey.”

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