ACET’s true success story


ACET has started off their 2019 season on the same winning streak as 2017, 2018 and many years before. Having been nominated, shortlisted or won 11 awards over a two year period alone, the team are delighted to have been named Best English Language School 2019 in the Irish Enterprise Awards. In 2018 the school won this prize for Cork County so are of course thrilled to go one further and win it for the whole country. Added to this wonderful news is the fact that they are finalists once again in the prestigious Irish Education Awards and are shortlisted for the Cork Business of the Year Awards in the Professional Services Category. This school really is a true success story.

ACET was Cork’s first English language school and is also the oldest remaining language school in Ireland. Vicky Power, the school’s Marketing Director, said that ‘these awards and shortlistings are not just great for us but highlight Cork worldwide as a premier destination for education and educational tourism.‘ She goes on to say that these awards ‘prove that ACET has and always will be Cork’s leading English language school. We offer the highest possible quality programmes and services, and our hands on and welcoming approach keeps us growing year on year.’

The school was founded in 1975 by Odile Migieu, and the Migieu/Coade family still own and run the academy today. One such member of the family is Odile’s daughter Joelle who is now ACET’s Executive Director. Joelle is thrilled with all these awards and says that ‘ winning and being a finalist again is a great honour and testament to the huge work and effort the ACET family and team have put in since 1975.’  She goes on to say that Team ACET ‘has always been close, strong, loyal and hard-working. We have stuck together through good and bad times and are growing each year.’

It was only last year that Odile herself won the top prize in the international education industry where she was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for her contribution to the industry. This prestigious award was given to her by Lead5050 at ICEF Berlin, the industry’s largest international event.

So what else can we expect from ACET in 2019? Well Joelle says there are some very exciting times ahead: ‘We have had to further extend our adult capacity for Summer due a big increase in numbers and there are some specialised programmes in the pipeline. In addition we have won some very big and highly coveted contracts. We also have an ACET baby on the way so we will have a little mascot joining the team for Summer 2019.’

As the first month of the 2019 nears its end, it really looks like it will be yet another great year for ACET.


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