Northumberland College celebrated the success of more than 1,000 students at graduation ceremonies last week.
Five events took place at the college's Kirkley Hall Campus where students were applauded by family, friends, employers and tutors for their achievements during the past year.
Awards were also given to students who had excelled in their studies or gone above and beyond requirements to develop themselves and fellow students.
At the college's Higher Education ceremony, Penny Marshall, Regional Director for The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), who is a champion of women in business and specifically with engineering, presented graduates with awards.
Penny said: "It was a pleasure to be guest speaker at Northumberland College's Higher Education Graduation ceremony. I personally understand the hard work and dedication that goes into studying especially whilst working and all of the graduates should be proud and look forward to a great future."
Also speaking at the ceremony, Marcus Clinton, Principal for Northumberland College, spoke about extended Higher Education provision being offered at Northumberland College, as well as new campus developments, including the launch of its brand-new £2.5m STEM centre at Ashington campus and a brand-new £1m equine centre at Kirkley Hall.
Marcus said: "It was a pleasure to see all of our hard-working, dedicated students cross the stage to receive their awards. It is also wonderful to see more and more learners receive their qualifications each year as we continue to grow our HE provision. I wish all of our graduates success for their futures."
The College now offers over 30 higher education qualifications ranging from HNC to Degree level, working in partnership with leading universities and this year, the College has built on its partnership with Newcastle University that offers Foundation Science Degrees in Animal Management, Equestrian Performance and Coaching, Horticulture and Arboriculture.
More HE courses have been approved and will be introduced from September 2017. These include BSc Top-Up degrees in Agriculture, Rural Tourism and Enterprise Management and Environmental Conservation validated by the University of Cumbria, HNCs in Applied Biology and Sport, an HND in Public Services and Higher Apprenticeships in Engineering.
The College is also expanding HE provision from its Berwick Centre to make HE more accessible to those living and working in North Northumberland, including the Foundation Degree in Event Management.
Following an Ofsted inspection that was carried out in May, governors, staff and students at Northumberland College are celebrating Ofsted's official findings, which praise the college for its clear vision to deliver high quality learning and its findings confirm the college as one of the best in the region.
A criteria for graduating students is completion of the College's Passport to Employment scheme, that received Ofsted praise for preparing students for work.
Marcus said: "In recognising student's employability and ambitions, we have developed the Passport to Employment scheme. This aims to support student's to develop skills that help them to be work-ready. We continue to invest in industry standard training environments and support students with communication, teamwork and other work related skills. We also align our provision with local economic needs."
The College recently secured a £4.9m European Social Fund programme, to help North East businesses identify future skills needs and address current skills gaps within SME organisations.
Anyone wishing to find out more about Northumberland College should visit www.northumberland.ac.uk