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Awarded for inspiring thousands to learn


Stella Cruse receives her award

Stella Cruse receives her award

EIGHTY-year-old Stella Cruse was presented with an Adult Learners’ Week Certificate of Achievement by Tim Ward, chief executive at The Learning Curve, for the way in which she has inspired thousands of people to learn something new.

Stella had completed free introductory IT courses at The Learning Curve and was nominated by her tutor Jan Rose for the way in which she overcame her fears of technology and embrace the internet.

Prior to completing The Learning Curve’s “Get Online” course, Stella had no experience of using a computer or the internet. She quickly gained confidence and was able to use the internet search facilities to research her favourite hobbies, gardening and horticulture.  She also carried out a very thorough search for a  hedge trimmer, hoping to find a bargain! Stella also soon learned how to email and whilst contacting other group members, she became great friends with a fellow learner.  They continued to share their interest in using the internet and then decided to join an Online Basics course at The Learning Curve in Melksham.

In October 2014, she was then selected to be the face of the national Get Online Week campaign run by Tinder Foundation, where she helped to inspire 80,000 people to have a go at using the internet for the first time.

Stella’s certificate presentation took place at The Learning Curve’s training centre in Challeymead Business Park on 25th June. This celebration formed part of the national Festival of Learning, which has been taking place throughout May and June and showcases the life-changing power of learning.

To find out more about the free introductory IT courses offered by The Learning Curve throughout Wiltshire, contact 01225 792500.