Adult Learner Award for young mum
Friday 29 May 2009
University of Bolton student and young mum, Joann Lincoln, has been named Adult Learner of the Year.
The award was presented at the Adult Learners Awards ceremony, held at Stockport Art Gallery in May. Joann's nomination was in recognition of her achievements as an adult learner since she returned to education after the birth of her son.
Joann left school at 16 and started working in a hairdressing salon. When her son, Dylan, was born she decided to take some NVQ courses at Bury College. It was while there that she took part in Aimhigher activities which gave her the confidence to apply to the University. She is now studying full-time on a BA Business Studies course.
Joann said: 'It was only when I had my little boy that I realised I wanted us to have a better life. I knew I needed to get better qualifications and a better job.
'It's hard work looking after my son and going to university, but all single mums have to balance things. Putting him in nursery full-time was the hardest thing I had to do, but it will be worth it in the long run. I hope I'm setting a good example for Dylan when he is older.'
Joann's ambition is to teach hairdressing in a college and, eventually, open her own hairdressing salon when Dylan is older.
Picture: Joann with son Dylan and, from the left, Cath Walsh GMSA Director; Jo Wiggins, Aimhigher Greater Manchester Director and Mike Lomas, Head of Business and Development Partnerships at the University of Bolton.