Samantha Hudson
Samantha Hudson

Samantha Hudson

Forth Valley College helped Working with Communities student Samantha Hudson feel like one in a million.

The 34-year-old from Tullibody who graduated with a HNC Working With Communities in June 2020 who won Student of the Year and the Most Inspirational Student in the Department of Business and Communities, is now gearing up to start a BA (Hons) course at the University of the West of Scotland, thanks to the confidence she acquired through studying at college.

Sam who also volunteers with the Raploch Community Partnership, said: “After a few rocky years and becoming a loan parent, I started the NC Working with Communities course two years ago with little self-confidence or belief. Never in a million years did I think I would go on to complete the HNC or apply for university. The support and learning throughout at FVC developed my confidence and abilities and I have met some amazing people along the way too.

“I originally chose to study at the College as I wanted to gain the skills and qualifications to gain employment within a community setting.

“The lecturers who deliver the course were supportive and encouraging and they used lived experience to further develop my learning. Moving to the new Falkirk Campus was exciting and the new building was very impressive.

“The course has benefited me as at the start all I knew was that I wanted to gain employment in a community, but with the personal development and in-depth teachings of Working with Communities, I soon discovered a real passion and aptitude for empowering people and helping them to discover their true potential and wanting to see positive change within society.

“I would recommend the course as it not only gives you the skills, knowledge and experience of community work, but builds a person’s confidence and interpersonal skills too.

Summing up the course in three words, Sam, said: “Changed my life!”

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