Leading By Example

Paula Higgins, aged 26, from Seaham was one of seven students who won praise from their Curriculum Leaders at the October Student Awards 2009 at East Durham College.

Joy Shipley, Lecturer in Travel & Tourism, said: “Paula deals with her full time course maturely and sensibly even though she has the responsibility of looking after her toddler, Summa. Paula participates in the class at all times and always gives 100%. She is very helpful and supportive.

“Paula’s commitment has had a great effect on the rest of the team and I feel that her responsibility to the course has help all of the younger student settle in well and gives them a reason for actually going into a career. Well done Paula.”

Having completed a part time evening course, an NCFE Level 1 Certificate in Travel, Paula decided to move on to the full time programme.  She enrolled in September on a First Diploma in Travel and Tourism.

Paula added: “I’m finding the experience very interesting. I am really enjoying the course and glad I decided to enrol on the full time programme. It also helps when the staff are all so helpful and friendly!”

If you’d like to follow in Paula’s footsteps, please contact Student Services on 0191 518 8222 to find out more about the great courses on offer in Travel & Tourism at East Durham College.