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Fanshawe College Celebrates Largest-Ever Graduating Class in Oxford County
Oxford County residents are preparing themselves for the region's new economy in record numbers. In fact, over 300 new college graduates - the vast majority of them from the Oxford region - received their diplomas on Thursday, October 15, 2009, during fall graduation at Fanshawe College's Woodstock campus.
Over 300 students graduated from Fanshawe's Woodstock and Tillsbonburg campuses
on October 15, 2009.
"Difficult economic times tend to mean increased enrolments at community colleges," said Fanshawe President Howard Rundle (right). "We are currently in a period of economic transition, and students in Oxford County are taking this opportunity to earn the practical skills and credentials they will need to succeed as the economy recovers."
Fanshawe offers nine full-time post-secondary programs in Woodstock and Tillsonburg, plus various Continuing Education programs, general interest courses, academic upgrading, and corporate training. Over the past year, the Oxford County system has seen significant enrolment increases in Continuing Education, as well as an influx of adult students studying through the provincial government's Second Career program.
In response to community demand, Fanshawe has added several new programs in Oxford County this fall, including Practical Nursing, Computer Applications and Business Documentation, Welding Techniques, and Business Foundations.
"Fanshawe College has been serving the needs of Oxford County for more than 40 years," said Oxford County Campus Chair Donna Derer. "Most of our graduates continue to live and work right here in our region, which makes Fanshawe a vital piece of the local economy. We are very proud of our role in helping students reach for rewarding jobs and make their dreams come true."
A profile of one such student, Police Foundations graduate Mark Luciani, was featured in the last issue of Fanshawe News.
The Oxford County graduation ceremony featured addresses by several program valedictorians, including:
- Carolyn Booth: Business - Human Resources;
- Michelle Tanner: Hairstylist;
- Said Omar: Co-valedictorian for Police Foundations;
- Kathleen Stewart: Co-valedictorian for Police Foundations;
- Tiffany Blundell: Child and Youth Worker.
Woodstock Mayor Michael Harding offered an encouraging message to this year's graduating class as they prepare to move forward. "As graduates, you should be very proud of your efforts and all that you have accomplished to bring you to this moment in your lives," Mayor Harding said. "You take with you the knowledge that you have been given a strong foundation on which to build. Education is a way to validate yourself, to grow, and to achieve the goals that you have set for yourself."