HARDWORKING Craig Robinson was the first student at a town college to graduate with a BA Hons – and is now teaching at a Hartlepool primary school.
The dedicated 26-year-old was the first learner at Hartlepool College of Further Education to graduate, and with First Class Honours, from the Education Studies Degree which is delivered at the college’s Stockton Street campus, in partnership with Teesside University.
And Craig’s hard work certainly paid off for now he is teaching at Kingsley Primary School, in the town.
Delighted Craig said: “Without the education-related degree courses at Hartlepool College of Further Education I would not have fulfilled my ambition to become a primary school teacher.
“I am grateful for the support I have received from both the college and Kingsley Primary School.”
Craig’s outstanding achievement in the final year of his degree was preceded by two successful years on the college’s foundation degree course in assisting learning.
Jon Holmes, director for adult and higher education at the college, said: “His whole journey was a model and inspiration to others.
“Craig started at Hartlepool college by studying for a foundation degree and half of it was work-based practice at his school where he was a teaching assistant.
“Craig went on to study for a further year, also part time, to complete his BA Hons in education studies.
“This, along with support from his school, enabled him to become a fully qualified teacher in a primary school.
“Not bad for three years’ part-time study, and a tremendous amount of work from Craig.”
An Adult and Higher Education open evening, for people aged 19 and over, will take place on Tuesday, May 21, from 4pm-8pm.
For more information about the event or courses at the college, contact student services on (01429) 295111.