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SERC Serves up Perfect course for Teggart Sisters

Sister Act: Rebecca, Courtney and Chloe Teggart from Crossgar who have all completed the Level 2 Diploma for Food and Beverage Service pictured in Bodie’s Barista, SERC’s newest term-time coffee shop located in SERC’s Downpatrick Campus.

It really was a case of a ‘sister act’ at South Eastern Regional College (SERC) when twins Chloe and Rebecca (18) and younger sister Courtney (17) from Crossgar, recently completed the Level 2 Diploma in Professional Food and Beverage Service at the College’s Downpatrick Campus.

Chloe and Rebecca, who had previously attended Ballynahinch High School, came to SERC to find out about hospitality and catering programmes.   Having met with tutors, they decided to enrol on the Level 2 Diploma in Professional Food and Beverage Service.

The twins then encouraged their sister Courtney, who had just finished her education at St. Colmcille’s High School and was researching options, to enrol on the course with them.

Speaking about her decision to study at SERC Courtney said, “I am really glad that my sisters encouraged me to do this course. Our lecturers were supportive and caring. During this course we got hands on experience working in the McNeill Room, the College restaurant, serving food to members of the public. This really helped improve my interpersonal skills as well as working as part of a team.”

Chloe added, “It was great having my sisters in College with me. We really supported each other and were able to bounce ideas off each other when we were completing assignments. The College environment was completely different from a school setting – you are a bit more independent but with that comes the responsibility of managing your time for assignments and attending classes. I feel more independent, confident and the work experience gained in the McNeill Room will look great on our CVs.”

Finally, Rebecca said, “We got on really well with all our classmates; the small class size meant that you get to know everyone, and the lecturers get to know you. The mentoring and support for our coursework was great.”

She added, “Now that we have completed this course my sisters and I plan to progress on to a Level 3 qualification with SERC.”


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