Philip Armbrister, assistant professor at The College of The Bahamas (COB), was on Abaco last month to facilitate COB’s Electrical Single-Phase License Course at Abaco Central High (ACH) School.
With approximately 24 participants enrolled in the course, Armbrister said that his responsibility was to prepare them for the written examination, which is part of the licensing process to obtain a single-phase electrical license from the Bahamas Electrical Corporation through the Ministry of Works.
The participants were scheduled to sit the theoretical examination on Nov. 29.
While fulfilling their theoretical work, he said that most of the students were familiar with the practical aspect of electrical work, so the theory would enhance what they already knew.
The single-phase course took 84 hours to complete, so Armbrister met with the students twice a week on Friday night and all day Saturday.
In addition to completing the course requirements, upgrades were made to the classroom where the course was held. The classroom was therefore sponsored by COB and about $1,000 was collected from the students along with donations.
The accumulated funds allowed them to purchase and install an 18,000 BTU air condition unit. Future plans are to fix the lights by putting in new tubes and ballasts, Plexiglass will replace the windows, the desk, chairs and fans and dry-erase board will be changed, and they will paint the walls.
Armbrister said it would be appreciated if anyone else would like to assist them. He explained that the idea came about because they were using the facilities, so it was only right that they fix it up a bit and do their part. He suggested that if other institutions or persons are going to use the classrooms at ACH, then they can take on another room to further enhance the school.
“We’ll benefit while we’re here, and then the students will benefit during the day time, so it’s a win-win situation.”
For more information on The College of The Bahamas courses, contact Dr. Chervon Mackey-Morley.