A RETAIL manager who lost his job before deciding to pursue a long-held ambition has been named Mid-Cheshire College’s student of the year.
Foundation Degree photography student Nick King, 61, wanted to follow his love of visual arts after being made redundant.
And last month he was honoured with the Victoria Barber Award for outstanding achievement.
“I always regretted not having pursued my artwork and redundancy gave me the opportunity to re-skill for a new challenge,” said Nick.
His tutor, A J Wilkinson, added: “Nick is one of my outstanding students who would tackle any task put in front of him.
“He’s a strong individual with amazing ideas and a model student in all aspects.”
While on the second year of the course Nick battled with cancer and had to undergo several spells in hospital.
And the college decided his triumph over adversity was befitting of the award named after a former photography student who battled to complete her course in 2002 despite serious ill-health.
Nick, who lives in Wilmslow, was among 114 students of various ages to receive their Foundation Degrees in April, in subjects ranging from arts to business and engineering to teaching.