JUST TWO per cent of graduates at Griffith College were unemployed, according to a recent survey, with 98% going on to further study or work.
Diarmuid Hegarty, president of Griffith College, was speaking at St Mary’s Cathedral in Limerick during the graduation ceremony of 70 students. Mr Hegarty said “It has been a year of change and growth at our Limerick campus”, and they plan to further expand their portfolio of courses on offer.
HETAC awards were conferred in a range of disciplines, including the BA in Accounting & Finance, a BA in Business Studies, a Higher Certificate in Business, a Certificate in Office Administration, and a Certificate in SME Management.
A special tribute was paid to Jitka Pechanocova, who placed first not just in Ireland, but in the world in her December 2011 ACCA examinations. From Dromcollogher, county Limerick, Jitka achieved this recognition for her performance in the Foundations in Financial Management exam, placing first ahead of almost 2,600 students worldwide. She also placed first in Ireland for her results in the Foundations in Taxation exam.
Two other students, Laura McDonnell from Dooradyle and Catherine Maher from Kilmallock, also received prominient worldwide placing in their ACCA exams.
“You are experiencing your first recession. Rest assured it won’t be your last. Economies by their very nature are cyclical. Look at the positives. Every day we are becoming more cost competitive. Today GDP is still 30% more than it was in 1995. This increase has not been lost. We are now saving an average of 13% of our income applied to personal debt reduction,” he said.
Over 230 learners also received awards from Limerick College of Further Education. Enrolments at the College continue to expand with over 1,100 full-time learners attending LCFE this year, consisting of over 43 different nationalities.