Lucky 10,000th for Chelsea as Boston College: Spalding Campus celebrates a landmark for student enrolment
Spalding's only further and higher education centre has celebrated its 10,000th student enrolment.
World kickboxing champion Chelsea Leggatt (18), of Boston, was presented with a certificate, voucher and cake at Boston College's Spalding campus at the end of term.
Chelsea, an Access to Policing and Criminal Justice student at the campus in Red Lion Street, Spalding, won a gold medal at the World Association of Kickboxing Organisations Junior and Cadet World Championships in September.
She said: "I got a phone call from the college, telling me to come to a little prize-giving celebration.
"It was a bit of a shock, but a good shock."
After becoming a parent, Chelsea decided to enrol full time on the college’s Access to Higher Education course.
She said: "I always wanted to work in sport but then I changed my mind after doing my A-levels."
Rachel Hunn, programme area manager for access, said: "It was a stroke of luck for Chelsea to be acknowledged as the 10,000th learner at our Spalding campus.
"But it is also a deserved celebration of her hard work and dedication because Chelsea is a determined learner who works hard to develop herself and she is a highly committed member of the group.
"Chelsea is working well towards her goal to become a probation or prison officer and is looking forward to progressing to the Higher National Diploma in Public Services at Boston College."
Since the campus opened in April 2011, the number of students and courses have risen each year to a point where it now caters for more than 300 students on more than 70 different courses.
These include Accounting, Computing, Health and Social Care,Teaching, Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy at its Style Academy training salon.
Principal and chief executive Joanne Maher said: "We are working hard to grow our adult and Higher Education provision in Spalding to provide local people with the opportunity to study.
"Our Access courses are amongst many we offer at the Spalding Campus that are designed to help learners like Chelsea aspire to achieve their dream career by providing a gateway to higher education."