Overcame odds to pass EIT course

PRIDE OF EIT: Charles Hislop, Jessica Kirwan (centre) and Stacey Hohapata went to EIT from the Vanessa Lowndes Centre four years ago to do adult community education courses. All three passed their Level 2 Computing User Fundamentals programme and have started Level 3. Their achievements were celebrated at a morning tea shout with fellow students and tutors. Picture supplied

Three students were the centre of special celebrations at EIT Tairawhiti when they completed their computer studies against the odds.

Jessica Kirwan, Charles Hislop and Stacey Hohapata came to EIT from the Vanessa Lowndes Centre four years ago to do adult community education courses.

Having suffered various health disabilities, none of the trio had ever had the opportunity to study like this before.

They took to campus life like proverbial ducks to water. Their enthusiasm and perseverance to overcome learning obstacles won the admiration of their classmates and tutors as they progressed from one course to the next, culminating in confirmation they had passed their Level 2 Computing User Fundamentals programme.

While they will not receive their certificates until later this year, their classmates and tutors turned out to shout them morning tea and applaud them on their success.

“We don’t normally do special graduation ceremonies during the year but we were all so moved and excited that we felt it was worthwhile for EIT to acknowledge what these students have achieved,” said Tairawhiti campus director Jan Mogford.

“They have overcome some tremendous challenges and have worked hard as a team to get each other through.

“The tutors set high standards. It was no easy road and they were absolutely committed to the course.”

They were the first students from the Vanessa Lowndes Centre to have achieved these qualifications, which was also cause for celebration.

Computer services tutor Evelyn Madsen said she felt emotional about what these students had accomplished. They had achieved a qualification that money could not buy and no one could take that away from them.

“I have learned patience from them because they are patient. They have worked together collaboratively and this is the result.”

Charles thanked staff and classmates for celebrating with them.

“This is the first time I have done something like this and I am quite proud,” he said.

All three have decided to take their studies to the next level and have already started the Level 3 programme.

Three students were the centre of special celebrations at EIT Tairawhiti when they completed their computer studies against the odds.

Jessica Kirwan, Charles Hislop and Stacey Hohapata came to EIT from the Vanessa Lowndes Centre four years ago to do adult community education courses.

Having suffered various health disabilities, none of the trio had ever had the opportunity to study like this before.

They took to campus life like proverbial ducks to water. Their enthusiasm and perseverance to overcome learning obstacles won the admiration of their classmates and tutors as they progressed from one course to the next, culminating in confirmation they had passed their Level 2 Computing User Fundamentals programme.

While they will not receive their certificates until later this year, their classmates and tutors turned out to shout them morning tea and applaud them on their success.

“We don’t normally do special graduation ceremonies during the year but we were all so moved and excited that we felt it was worthwhile for EIT to acknowledge what these students have achieved,” said Tairawhiti campus director Jan Mogford.

“They have overcome some tremendous challenges and have worked hard as a team to get each other through.

“The tutors set high standards. It was no easy road and they were absolutely committed to the course.”

They were the first students from the Vanessa Lowndes Centre to have achieved these qualifications, which was also cause for celebration.

Computer services tutor Evelyn Madsen said she felt emotional about what these students had accomplished. They had achieved a qualification that money could not buy and no one could take that away from them.

“I have learned patience from them because they are patient. They have worked together collaboratively and this is the result.”

Charles thanked staff and classmates for celebrating with them.

“This is the first time I have done something like this and I am quite proud,” he said.

All three have decided to take their studies to the next level and have already started the Level 3 programme.

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