Mother of four Lynzey Chapman, 39 from Briar Hill accessed the Advanced Learner Loan while studying the Access to Health Professions course at Northampton College.
Lynzey said: “For me the Advanced Learner Loan was essential as I wouldn’t have been able to begin my healthcare training and go on to study to become a midwife, which is what I am doing now at The University of Northampton. I found out about the loan through the College when I applied for the Access course and used it to pay for the college course itself, study materials, stationery and even childcare costs. I would have struggled to pay for these things without that financial help.
“I am now in my second year at university and I use the skills I learnt at college on a daily basis, like medical maths, social science, human biology and important study skills. I used to work as an office manager which I enjoyed but I had always wanted to be a midwife and kept putting off the training due to family commitments. After my fourth child was born I took the leap to retrain and I haven’t looked back. Without the Advanced Learner Loan that wouldn’t have been able to happen. I can’t wait to begin my midwifery career when all my training is complete.”
Aspiring hat maker Melissa Mehrtens won the chance to work for a designer who supplies headwear to the Duchess of Cambridge having studied on an HE course at Northampton College.
The millinery student was named the overall winner of an international competition organised by the Worshipful Company of Feltmakers of London.
The 17-year-old, who cites Alexander McQueen as her design hero, scooped the £1,200 first prize and was given a work experience placement with Rachel Trevor Morgan, the Mayfair-based milliner to the Duchess of Cambridge.
She said: "The chance to design and make hats was one of the main reasons I came to Northampton College as I really wanted to learn new skills. I absolutely love it and to win the competition was amazing."
The College’s fashion department offers state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, giving students all the tools they need to embrace their creativity and bring their ideas to life.
The facilities include embroidery machines, lock stitch machines, a professional millinery steamer, a flat steam press and fusing press and a wide range of wooden brim and crown blocks.
For more information about the HE courses on offer at Northampton College visit http://www.northamptoncollege.ac.uk/courses.html
Lauren Porter fought a lifelong battle with dyslexia and didn’t know what an adjective was until she came to Northampton College. The 26-year-old is now a keen writer of poetry and has earned a place to study Ancient History at Edinburgh University.
Lauren’s inspirational journey has seen her tackle creative writing, English language, English literature and history as part of her Access to HE course in Humanities.
She said: “The teachers have been incredibly supportive and I’m amazed at the progress I’ve made, which has helped give me a real opportunity to get on in life. It has been hard work but it’s so rewarding. I remember crying at my computer screen as I found it so difficult and it would have been easy to walk out and give up but I got through it and earned a Distinction which was amazing.”