Hortic Student Picks Up College Award

Thu, 05/07/2001 - 01:00

College Interim Principal Eugene McCrossan, James Stark and lecturer Dawn James

East Durham College student James Stark has recently picked up the Student Award in Horticulture for March.

James, along with 10 other students from different course areas at the County Durham college, was presented with his achievement certificate and prize by Interim Principal Eugene McCrossan at a ceremony held at the College’s Peterlee Campus.

James, 26, from Darlington, is studying at the College’s Houghall Campus, in Durham, two full days a week on a Level 2 Diploma in Horticulture.

Despite also holding down a full time job James has impressed his lecturers with his commitment to the course and his studies.

Lecturer Dawn James said: “James is a model student and although he works long hours on shifts at Morrisons his attendance at college is excellent and he’s attaining distinction marks in all his written assignments.

“But one of the main reasons I nominated James for this award is that he is so helpful and supportive to other students on the course. He has on many occasions assisted others in the group with written support, showing great empathy and patience. And through his genuine interest in the subject and his drive to achieve he motivates others in the class, making even the most mundane tasks enjoyable.”

James explained that he’d enrolled on the course as he wanted a career change so he could work in the outdoors.

“I got the Houghall prospectus and spotted a line on the horticulture course saying it was an ideal course if you didn’t want to be stuck in an office and I thought that’s the course for me!

“I was really surprised to get this award and it’s lovely to be talked so nicely about – that does not happen to me much.”

James has recently also taken a part time position in the Horticultural industry to compliment his studies and hopes to start his own business after he qualifies.