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‘I can honestly say that without North West Regional College I wouldn't be as successful as I am’

13 August 2018
Ethan kelly nwrc
Ethan Kelly has just graduated from North West Regional College having completed a Level 3 in Music Technology and a HND in Music Production. Now a music producer, the 24 year-old is working on a new top secret film production and recently wrote a short film called "Over the Black Spot". In between he has recorded a concert for Celtronic and has also recorded audio for Ulster Fry/Harp on their advertisements. Originally from Donegal, Ethan chose NWRC saying it had a great reputation for providing high quality education in Music.
He said: “The closest courses similar to the ones provided in NWRC are located in Dublin. It made far more sense to choose the geographically closer course with a more renowned name. “I can honestly say that without the staff at NWRC I wouldn't be as successful as I am. They have been the best mentors I could ever ask for, and I have to mention lecturers Liam Craig and Michael Poole as both have given me amazing information in regards to professional development and also the opportunity to showcase their teachings with external organizations and even within shows/projects held within the college. “Without NWRC I wouldn't be half the music producer I am today. The environment was amazingly conducive to being creative and provided the perfect platform to Kickstart my career.” During his time at NWRC Ethan also had the opportunity to travel to India with the Erasmus + Project with college staff and students where they partnered with Team Lease University, and exchanged good practice and news ideas. He was also an active member of the college’s Students’ Union, as well as several clubs and societies. Ethan continued: “All I can say is I was asked to my old secondary school to speak about my career and all I could do is suggest NWRC to anyone interested in a career involving media.” A limited number of full time places are still available for those who have not yet applied and who are soon to be receiving GCSE, A Level or Leaving Cert exam results. Everyone is welcome and if you are planning to attend please remember to take a copy of your exam results with you. Demand is high for full-time places, but the College is still accepting applications for the majority of the courses that will commence in just a few weeks. Progressing from GCSEs, students may choose a Level 2 course to boost their qualifications, or move directly into a Level 3 Diploma in a career related area. NWRC students are this summer celebrating having achieved the top results in the Level 3 Extended Diplomas. Many of these students are choosing to then move on to University or higher education at NWRC. For those with a clear occupation in mind, the College also has a range of new Training for Success options for local school leavers, which provide them with practical skills and a recognised qualification specialising in a vocational subject such as construction skills or hairdressing and beauty therapy. These students also receive a weekly training allowance and work placement opportunities as part of their course. There has been a significant number of local students choosing higher education at NWRC, with courses now including a range of exciting choices at HND and Foundation Degree level. With lower tuition fees and more work placement than university options, Higher Education at NWRC is a quality route to gaining employment or progressing graduate level study. Start with North West Regional College this September and let your learning experience take you anywhere. Call 028 7127 6000 or visit for more details. For more information come along to the College’s Clearing Day events at either Strand Road, Derry-Londonderry, Main Street Limavady Campus, or Derry Road, Strabane, on Thursday 23th, and Friday 24th, and Tuesday 28th August 10.00am – 4.00pm – course information and careers guidance will be available.
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