Deaf students graduate with arts degrees

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TWO PROFOUNDLY deaf students who recently achieved degrees from Northbrook College have thanked staff for their support.

Andrew Mayes and Jason Gogos studied Theatre 
Hair and Makeup and Textile Design respectively with the help of sensory support co-ordinator Annie Rees, who is a teacher of the deaf.

Jason began his degree in Textile Design with low self-confidence, which led him to nearly give up on his studies, but communicator Bobbie Zoutewelly, managed to persuade him to try again and within another week he was back at college again.

Jason said: “I’m so glad I came back as I’ve grown so much in confidence and feel I’ve completely changed.

“The support I received from Bobbie and Annie was fantastic and I can never thank them enough. When I came to college I didn’t want to put pen to paper and now I have a degree.

“I would like to work in the fashion industry and, hopefully, even open my own business in the industry.”

Andrew said: “I wasn’t really worried about the course before starting as I felt I had real support from the college.

“Annie was really supportive and encouraging and I also had excellent support from my communicators Alison Pollard and Paula Kennett. I was never left without a communicator.

“I hope to work in special effects for theatre or cinema in the future.”

Ms Rees said: “We as a team are all immensely proud of Jason and Andrew.

“They were both committed students who worked extremely hard and their achievement is outstanding, thanks to the dedication of the staff and tutors who worked with them.”