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.@S_ERC welcome young people as they enjoy a taste of college life

As part of their commitment to working with the local community, South Eastern Regional College (SERC) has teamed up with local community groups to offer young people a range of Master Class Taster Sessions.

The aim of the taster programmes is to engage young people in a diverse range of course taster sessions, allowing them to experience first-hand the high quality of teaching and learning available at SERC. The College welcomed young people and parents from the Girl Guides and Holy Evangelists Primary School.

The Girl Guides from Drumaness took part in a healthy eating taster evening. Donning aprons and hair nets, the girls took part in a healthy eating taster called ‘deliciously healthy’ where they tried their hand at making a chicken stir-fry. The evening allowed the young people to develop their cookery skills and cover aspects of their healthy eating badges which they are working towards.

While parents from Holy Evangelists Primary School enjoyed the opportunity to take part in a 15-week makeup course at SERC’s Lisburn campus.

SERC tutors ran the sessions and were on hand to answer all the young people’s questions about courses and learning options available to them.

SERC director of strategic planning Heather McKee said “We’re really pleased to be working in partnership with the local community groups to offer a wide range of taster sessions. Young people don’t always know what courses or learning opportunities are available at SERC, so these sessions will give young people the opportunity to experience college life within a casual setting. Amidst the fun of the hands-on approach to learning, participants got the unique opportunity to learn new life skills, firing their imagination and giving them an insight into college life.”

Staff members were delighted with the students’ diligence and can-do attitude. Sharon Moore from the school of hospitality, management, tourism and languages assisted the girls during their visit to SERC and said “The girls showed of their cookery skills and produced some great tasting stir-fry’s. It’s a lot of fun for the participants but also a very valuable experience. The evening was a great success and I look forward to seeing some of them again in the future.”

SERC lecturer in theatrical and media make up Lisa Cunningham-Black said “the course is great for anyone who is interested in basic makeup application techniques whether it be for personal use or anyone wishing to progress onto a higher-level course.”

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