Hazel Concar, St Mel’s College Guidance Counsellor (2nd from right), pictured with Emma Dempsey, Colm Hayes from 2FM and Tomas Skelly from St Mel's College during the Cycle Against Suicide in 2016.
As part of College Awareness Week 2016, which runs from Monday, November 21 to Sunday, November 27, St Mel’s College, Longford are running a competition among its students to raise awareness of the benefits of post-secondary education.
All students at St Mel’s are being encouraged to tweet a well-known person or celebrity asking if they went to college or are currently attending college, and what course they studied.
They will promote College Awareness Week by using #CAW2016 and retweet the response with @StMels, therefore highlighting their association with the school.
A prize will be awarded to the student with the winning response. The main purpose of this unique campaign is to encourage students to discuss further education and to engage with professionals who have taken different career paths.
Hazel Concar St Mel’s College Guidance Counsellor said, “College Awareness Week is a fantastic way in which to encourage our students to consider their options beyond second level.
“By contacting their idols, be it a sports or TV personality, a musician or even someone with celebrity status in the locality, students can see the benefits of further education and where it can lead. We are encouraging all of our students to partake in this competition and to discuss it with their family and friends. Crucially we are also asking celebrities to support our initiative by interacting with the students who contact them on Twitter.”
College Awareness Week aims to inspire and inform all students about the importance of having a post-secondary education plan. It advocates for students to have the choice to pursue the course best suited to their interests, abilities and future plans, whether that is a PLC qualification, an apprenticeship or a university degree.
College Awareness Week is supported by the Higher Education Authority, the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals, IBEC, the Institute of Guidance Counsellors and the Trinity Access Programme. College Awareness Week is sponsored by its corporate sponsors AIB and Perrigo.
For more information please visit www.collegeaware.ie