I’m so grateful for college’s support

I’D like to give special thanks to Chesterfield College.

I am 26 and have just been diagnosed with cancer for the second time. When I was 17 I went to Chesterfield College to do a brickwork course. When I was 18 I was diagnosed with non Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which meant I had to miss a year of college. Chesterfield College was very supportive. I went on to achieve my NVQ2 and NVQ3 in Brickwork, National Award in construction and gained an HNC in construction.

I graduated after spending six years in education at the college which was probably the proudest moment of my life. I didn’t stop there, I always wanted to become a lecturer and I did a teaching course at Chesterfield College and in January this year I got a position with the college as an hourly paid lecturer in construction.

Sadly after four-and-a-half months of doing the job my cancer has returned, and it is a sarcoma this time which is very difficult to defeat.

Chesterfield college have been very supportive yet again. They regularly stay in touch to see how I am and always offer me the encouragement that I’ll be back doing the job I love very soon. Chesterfield College’s slogan is ‘achieve your potential’ which couldn’t be more appropriate for a college that offers excellent courses, experienced and friendly lecturers who always get the best out off everybody. I would like to try and encourage potential students to enrol at the college as they won’t be disappointed.

I am a firm believer in anyone can achieve anything.

I am very proud of what I have achieved at Chesterfield College and I don’t feel they get the credit they deserve.

Mark Lievesley

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