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Student from 1952 pens inspiring letter to former College

A veteran former student from Bangor Technical College (now SERC), 82-year-old Mr Norman Williamson, has penned an inspiring letter to his former college about his successful career, thanks to the skills and training he received during his time there.

Mr Williamson studied drafting in 1952 and in his letter, he looks back on his humble beginnings at the College, where the skills he obtained helped set him up for a successful career in Harland and Wolf, known for the construction of the Titanic in the early 20th century.

In 1960 Mr Williamson made the brave move to Canada where he worked for Saint John New Brunswick. Several years later Mr Williamson moved to Kingston Ontario where he worked for Queens University as a ventilation technician.

When the aids pandemic broke out in 1980, Mr Williamson, now a ventilation and airflow specialist, was assigned to a research team headed up to investigate the disease along with several medical academics at Harvard University.

He later authored a book for laboratory staff and ventilation workers which was very successful throughout North America and the UK. In 1983, Mr Williamson graduated from the Harvard School of Public Health, Boston with a Certification of Biological safety cabinets.

In his letter, Mr Williamson wrote: "I thought you would like to know that a student from Bangor Technical College went far with his vocational education. I have enclosed a copy of my Certificate so that you can tell students that you can go far with an education from SERC.”

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