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Trevor Fennelly

Thank you so much to all the staff of VTOS for the past year. Its been a great experience. It was October when I came to you (a month later than most) and with the help of the amazing tutors I've obtained my Leaving Certificate and closed a chapter of my life. Just goes to go, that sometimes you can teach us old dogs some new tricks!!


I completed my Leaving Certificate back in 1972. I was in VTOS from 2007-2010.
While there I studied the FETAC Level 5 Award in Information Technology. I was always treated like an adult in VTOS.  I thoroughly enjoyed all of my time in there, but the educational trip to the Dáil was my favourite.  Typing, learning how to use a computer and internet skills were what I found to be of huge benefit me in my personal and working life. I am now working as Activities Co-Ordinator in a nursing home.

Maria Power – Winner of Academic Scholarship in Carlow IT - 2011

Intermediate Certificate and Secretarial Course – a long time ago
From 2008 - 2010.

I liked it all – I got to Maths and English in the Leaving something I always wanted to do.  I loved the computers (most of the time) I learned so much at VTOS.
Computer Skills like Word processing, publisher, book-keeping, Payroll.  I learned how to do projects something I had never done and how to present them properly.  PowerPoint was another.  I have used all of these in many ways, they have been a great help to me.
I am studying Higher Certificate in Office Management in IT Carlow.  I would not have had the confidence to attempt this if I had not been to VTOS. Click to go back to top.

Iris Agar – Winner of City & Guilds Gold Medal of Excellence – 2008

I had completed my Leaving Certificate, ECDL and Fás Level 5 courses before coming to V.T.O.S. I was in V.T.O.S. from 2005 – 2008. I completed the following courses:

I was delighted to be awarded a City & Guilds medal.  I enjoyed the challenge in completing assignments and gained great satisfaction in passing exams.  I also enjoyed the friendship with other students.  I loved every minute of my time spent there.  I gaining a great grounding in all computer applications.  When I got a job with Veolia I was able to pass on some of these skills to my co-workers. I was made redundant due to the recession. However, I have applied to Carlow IT to do Office Management. I could never have done this but for V.T.O.S. Click to go back to top.

Pseudonym: Peter

I completed second level education many years before going to V.T.O.S.  I attended V.T.O.S. from 2007 – 2010 where I studied the following:

The aspect I liked best about my time there was participating, learning and making new friends.  I gained computer, communication and general learning skills while there.  Now I am studying a Higher Certificate in Business Studies in Carlow IT. Click to go back to top.



I completed my Leaving Certificate Exams  in the late seventies and then did a commercial course where I did typing (manual typewriter) and Pitman Shorthand, I also  done a few night classes (ECDL and Sage)  and back in the earlier ninety’s I had my first introductory course into computers (spreadsheets, database and Microsoft works). I was in VTOS from 2007-2010. I studied:

I enjoyed every aspect of my time in VTOS.  The tutors were very helpful and provided a great atmosphere for both learning and teamwork amongst the students. Leaving Certificate English was a great help to me as it was over 30 years since I done the leaving and it has changed a lot.  I found essay writing easier because I had life experience to write about.  I am currently completing a  Level 6 Business Management  in Colaiste Mhuire, Johnstown. Click to go back to top.

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Painting of the Eye.


Group of Students Studying.


2 Carved Heads.


Paining by student.