Inverurie Centre puts Ashley on road to academic success

A LOCAL student has been named Student of the Year by the Computing Department at Aberdeen College and also top student on her full-time course.

And Ashley Noble (19) from Sauchen found the first rung to academic success was Aberdeen College’s Inverurie Learning Centre.

Due to illness, Ashley Noble (19) had to leave school without achieving her full potential. She did, however have a keen interest in computers, helping her dad fix the one at home. She said, “I love problem solving, if anything went wrong with the computer I was determined to fix it.”

Soon after leaving school, Ashley found out that Aberdeen College had a Learning Centre in Inverurie and after some serious thought took the step of applying for a part-time Computer Care and Maintenance course. This was a huge commitment for her to take on as Ashley plays a key role in supporting her mum and grandma, who have both battled serious illnesses. It proved to be a turning point, however, and her confidence and self-belief began to grow. On completing the course, Ashley decided to sign up to study ECDL over the next two years at the centre. She said, “The Learning Centre at Inverurie is great – the staff are helpful and friendly and I met some really interesting people. It is possible to sit the ECDL tests at the Centre so there’s no need to travel into Aberdeen to get the qualification.”

During her ECDL, Ashley decided to apply to study Introduction to Computer Support, a year long full-time course based at the College’s Gallowgate Centre, in Aberdeen.

Ashley has gone from strength to strength, recently completing Practical Computing at Higher level and is waiting to hear whether she has a place on HND Computing: Technical Support after the summer.