We’re giving Deaf student Daniel Powell a chance to be a bright spark with a bursary covering half his tuition fees as the trainee electrician goes into his second year at South Staffordshire College.
Daniel, who is in his thirties and lives just outside Tamworth, is about to enter Level 3 training for his Electrician’s qualification, having completed levels 1 and 2 during the last academic year.
The father of a six-year-old son, who grew up in North Wales and has two half-siblings and is from a hearing family, will have half of his tuition fees paid for by cSeeker, for all of the forthcoming academic year.
The college will cover the costs of his sign language interpretation for all the classes and other sessions he has to attend for his course, which covers both practice and theory in electronics.
He uses British Sign Language (BSL), but used Sign Supported English (SSE) when he was growing up. While BSL has its own structures and grammar, SSE takes BSL signs and uses them in the same order as they would be spoken in standard English. This means that a working knowledge of the signs for different words is needed to understand and use SSE, although the more complex grammar of BSL is not.
“I am very grateful to cSeeker for providing me with this full support for the rest of my studies,” said Daniel.”Like many students, I had been finding it tough financially, with a large advanced learner loan from last year.
“For me, this is all about eventually getting a full-time job and a better quality of life for me and my young son. Ultimately, I would like to run my own business within the industry.
“cSeeker gave me access to further education by providing me with a high quality, Level 6 interpreter. This support was a vital part of my coursework for my Electrician Level 2 course. It has been a great support, and I really appreciate everything cSeeker has done for my career.”
Director and co-founder of cSeeker Guy Orlov syas: “We could see that Daniel had real potential, so we were delighted to make this award to him to see him through his final year at college. We are sure he’ll do well, both in completing his Level 3 qualification and in the future as he starts work.”
If you are a Deaf student in need of financial support, you can get in touch with us via firstname.lastname@example.org, or Skype cseekerbookings and we’ll be glad to discuss how we may be able to help.