City College student recieves national recognition

By Steve Carpenter 12/07 Updated: 12/07 11:40

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MATURE student Tawa Atanda has been named Outstanding Adult Learner of the Year in the BTEC National Awards at a ceremony held in the Houses of Parliament.

The final year student is studying towards a Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Fashion at City College.

And she was nominated for the award by her tutor, Jane Willaweaver, in recognition of her outstanding achievements throughout the course.

Tawa received a trophy, certificate and iPAD at the awards ceremony on July 5, but perhaps most importantly she was given a work placement.

"Tawa has achieved excellent results throughout her course, but she is more than the student with the highest overall grades," explained Jane.

"Her work reflects her individual creativity, productive curiosity, willingness to learn, intelligence, passion and professionalism. We’re incredibly proud of all she has achieved."

Originally from Nigeria, Tawa has a strong cultural affinity with her native country.

Her Final Major Project is the production of a women’s wear collection for 18-25 year olds that provides a innovative balance between Western and African fashion.

She is the only member of her family to study in further education and she is also working to set up her own fashion label after having her children (two boys).

"I am thrilled to have won this award," said Tawa. It’s a wonderful platform for me and is opening many new doors.

"The support I have had from City College has been superb and I believe it has been fundamental to my success."

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