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DIT Access students supported by Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Posted: 26 November, 2018

DIT Foundation is delighted to announce the support of Enterprise Rent-A-Car for lone parent students on the Access Foundation Programme in DIT.

Leslee O’Loughlin, Group HR Manager, Enterprise Rent-A-Car with Awardee Louise Finnegan

We are extremely grateful for their commitment to providing €2,500 for two new grants to these students on the Access Foundation Programme at DIT. Research shows that some groups of lone parents are very likely to experience considerable challenges in meeting the costs of attending college, paying rent, raising a family, working, and paying for childcare. One-parent families continue to experience the highest risks of poverty and deprivation nationally, and education is key in supporting them to have a brighter future.

Louise is a lone parent of four girls, ranging from 5 years old to 15 years old. Louise lived in Wexford in her teens and after moving back to Dublin applied for several courses to further her education and learn new skills. Louise completed a 10-week certificate course entitled Bridge to Education in 2010 and subsequently completed two Fetac level 5 courses – Human Growth and Development and Psychology and Wellbeing certificate. From 2013-2014 she completed a Family Support Skills course and in 2016 completed a certificate on Incredible Years – Parent Training Programme. From 2017-2018, Louise studied a course at QQI level entitled New Futures – Personal Development and Career Planning. She is now planning to enter into Social Studies at Trinity College when she graduates from the Access Foundation Programme. 

Leslee O’Loughlin, Group HR Manager, Enterprise Rent-A-Car with Awardee Nkasiobi Uche

Nkasiobi is a lone parent of four children, three boys and one girl ranging from 2 years old to 11 years old. After she completes the Access Foundation Programme, she plans to go on to study Public Health Nutrition in DIT and looks forward to the opportunities a Degree will bring her in the future. 

Leslee O’Loughlin, Louise Finnegan, Nkasiobi Uche, Jill O’Lone, Scholarship Coordinator DIT Foundation and David Rickard, Programme Chair Access Foundation Programme 

DIT’s Access Foundation programme is a pre-entry programme focused on supporting mature students and disadvantaged young people to transition successfully into higher education. The course prepares students for the demands of an undergraduate degree and ensures that they have the skills and confidence required to maximise their college experience. The programme has been running for almost ten years, and over 500 people have been supported into undergraduate education transforming their lives.

Find out more about the Access Foundation Programme here