A MUM-OF-FOUR has won a place studying at an American university after getting back into education.
Carolanne McIntyre (40) from Camelon is at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro until the end of the month after winning a five-week placement.
It’s just another success for Carolanne who is studying for a social work degree at Strathclyde University’s Jordanhill campus after completing an access course at Forth Valley College.
Before leaving for the States, she said: “After school, I was a chef and worked in a factory and always thought I would go to college one day, but then my family came along and priorities changed.
“The access course was absolutely fantastic for me. It allowed me to build up my confidence and social skills and even attempt maths, which is something I was told not to take in school.
“I was even joint winner of the maths prize and that just shows you that you should never give up.
“It has been really worthwhile and has changed my life.
“My family are all really proud of me and joking that they’ll not miss me when I’m away, but I’m sure I’ll be getting e-mails and phone calls looking for help not long after I leave.”
Carolanne has always harboured ambitions of becoming a social worker when her family was a bit older.
Shortly after her youngest reached the age of 10, she heard about the college’s NQ Access to Further Education course through a friend and was accepted on to the year-long course in 2009.
Carolanne, who also volunteers with the Princess Royal Trust Carers Centre Falkirk and Clackmannan Carers Befriending Project, built up her confidence and found out exactly what she was capable of.
She worked hard and graduated with flying colours and managed to claim one of only 60 places on offer – from 2500 applicants – on the BA Hons Social Work degree at Strathclyde.
Along with seven others, Carolanne is now studying in America on a ‘compare and contrast‘ placement scheme, which has been running for over 20 years.