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Met shows the way; Three new HND graduates have more than good reason to be glad they put their faith into Glasgow's Metropolitan College.

THERE'S no doubt that Glasgow's Metropolitan College has made a world of difference to the lives of many people.

Lindsay Ellis, Stuart Eddleston and Campbell McCall would heartily agree, as their courses have set them on a path to a great future.

Lindsay juggled full-time study on a demanding HND Graphic Design course with caring for her mum, who has Multiple Sclerosis.

Lindsay, from Whitburn, West Lothian, said: "The college was so supportive and understanding if I had to go home early or miss classes to take mum for hospital appointments.

"But they knew I was a worker and would provide additional tuition when needed"

Lindsay graduated last month with her proud mum looking on, and now she is doing work experience as a graphic designer with Gaap Studio in Cambuslang.

Stuart Eddleston, 41, from Uddingston, has just graduated with an HND in Information Technology.

His future has become a lot brighter since enrolling on a basic IT course three years ago after being made redundant. The European Social Fund funded the course.

In recognition of his hard work and achievement, he won the Scottish Qualifications Authority Award for the student who overcame the most difficulties to achieve their qualification.

Stuart had never touched a computer before he started college, and he found it all quite daunting, especially since a lot of younger people on the course were used to using computers.

But with help and support from the course tutors he soon began to develop his skills and is now studying for a degree in Applied Computing at The University for West of Scotland.

When 50-year-old IT worker Campbell McCall was made redundant he decided to look for a change of direction.

He enrolled at Glasgow's Metropolitan College for a two-year HND course in Architectural Technology.

At first, going from working full-time with a salary to being a full-time student was a challenge, but as the course developed he soon began to enjoy the range of subjects covered.

"Tutors on the course offered a lot of support, my friends and family were also a great support during this radical lifestyle change," said Campbell, from Greenock.

Campbell's brave decision paid off. He graduated last month and has secured a job with a small architecture firm in Clydebank.

Those who would like to find out more about the range of courses available at Glasgow Metropolitan College are welcome to pop in today, when lecturers will provide advice and information on available courses, or log on to www.glasgowmet.ac.uk for further information.

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GRAND DESIGNS: After being made redundant, Campbell McCall decided on a complete change of direction and following two years' study at Glasgow's Metropolitan College, graduated with an HND in Architectural Technology; MOVING ON: Lindsay Ellis and Stuart Eddleston are well on course to a bright future after graduating from Glasgow's Metropolitan College
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Date:Dec 6, 2007
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