Members of the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute held a meeting on September 21 at St. John Anglican Church Parish Hall to inform interested parties about classes to be offered starting in October, 2016. They were also looking for part-time instructors in English language, mathematics, and psychology/counseling, as well as administrative staff and a clerk.
Approximately 50 people attended the meeting during which the President Robert W. Robertson, the Vice-President Veronica Collie, the Dean of Construction Alexander Darville, and Sherlock Prince, an instructor responsible for recruiting and coordinating the program on Abaco, addressed the audience to inform them of the courses offered and to explain the advantages of acquiring technical skills.
“You learn a trade, you make a living,” stressed one of the presenters.
Academic classes such as mathematics and English will be held at the BTVI office located on the second floor of the D&S Plaza, in room 207, starting October 11.
Technical classes such as carpentry, plumbing, masonry, and electrical will be taught at Abaco Central High School.
Robertson stressed the importance of mathematics and English knowledge, wanting to encourage people to take those academic courses even if they have been out of school for a number of years, urging them not to be shy.
“We’ll assess you and put you in the right program,” Robertson said.
He explained that the program stretches over four years, two years of which will be in The Bahamas and the following two years to be in Florida or Canada.
Robertson assured people that the faculty has work experience in the field they are teaching, that the classes will be small, comprised of eighteen people or less, and you will get to interact directly with the instructors.
“We want you to succeed,” he said.
The District Superintendent of Education for Abaco, Dr. Lenora Black, who attended the meeting, expressed her contentment about the technical courses finally being offered on Abaco. It was in the making for a number of years, she expressed, adding that the vast majority of students will end up in the technical field. She challenged the people present to submit the application and to see the program to the end.
“Opportunities are here. Be certified in that area that your heart desires,” Dr. Black said.
For more information call 242 300 3135 or visit the office. Application forms can be found at the Department of Education or at the Department of Labour, located on the second floor of the Government Complex.