LA-bound Jack among latest to Graduate

Shildon sports coach Jack Mensforth flies to Los Angeles tomorrow for a five month contract teaching children at soccer camps.
He is just one of 64 individual success stories from last night’s Bishop Auckland College HE graduation ceremony, having collected his scroll after completing four years of study culminating in his Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Sport Coaching.
Jack landed his contract with UK International Soccer after successfully completing an assessment day in Newcastle following the organisation’s visit to the college scouting for new coaching talent.
The 20-year-old, who will teach children aged eight to 18 in the US and hopes to achieve his UEFA licence in football coaching, said: “I really can’t wait to get out there!”
His colleague Luke Elms, 22, of Willington, is also heading out to the US later this summer but has not been told where yet. He has secured a place at the University of South Wales for a two year BA (Hons) in Football Coaching Adminstration, and could be sent to do his coaching placement in any one of 47 US states in August.
Luke, who has combined studying for his HND in Sport Coaching with teaching PE at Peases West Primary School in Crook, said of his time at the college: “For me it has been a blessing. I have been so lucky to have had such really good lecturers. A lot of the time I have had to work a full day instead of a half day and missed college and they have been so understanding and flexible.”
Former Army bomb disposal expert Steven Dykes is also looking forward to a bright future, after qualifying with a distinction in his HND in Business. The 32-year-old, of Bishop Auckland, was with the Royal Engineers Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) in Essex for five years. 
He now works as a clinical engineer at the University Hospital of North Durham and also as a part time fitness instructor and in September starts his BA (Hons) in Applied Management one year top up, which will see him study at the college’s strategic HE partner the University of Sunderland.
Steven said: “I always thought I would run my own business. Now I would like to work my way up to management.”
Other graduates last night included mother-of-three Sarah Bennett, 25, of Newton Aycliffe, a volunteer at Butterwick Hospice in Bishop Auckland who has achieved her Level 1, 2, 3, 4 and Foundation Degree in Counselling at the college and now plans to do a one year top up at the University of Sunderland to complete her BA (Hons) degree and become a full time counsellor.
Tiffany Myers, 20, of Crook, has similarly progressed through her L2 and L3 Business Administration Apprenticeships at the college and now her L4 Higher Apprenticeship. She works as an administrator at Bishop Barrington School in Bishop Auckland and now plans to take a L5 NVQ in Leadership and Management to help her progress to a management role.
Colleague Emma Luke, a 31-year-old mother-of-two, of Spennymoor, was Tiffany’s former line manager at Whitworth Park School where Emma manages a team of 11 administration staff. She qualified last night with her L5 Higher Apprenticeship in Leadership and Management.
Addressing last night’s ceremony at Bishop Auckland Town Hall, College Principal and Chief Executive Natalie Davison-Terranova told the graduates: “You must revel in the knowledge that you have already achieved immense success and that you will, undoubtedly, go on to achieve much more in the future.
“Each of you will have a very personal and individual story to tell about your learning journey and I know how much dedication, work and passion you have committed to your studies.”

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