The newly opened vocational school awarded seven scholarships to persons taking up sewing classes at Bahamas Technical Vocational Institute (BTVI) on October 28.
North Abaco Member of Parliament, Renardo Curry, was on hand for the brief ceremony as he noted that one of his main desires was to see BTVI come to Abaco.
“I was so happy when BTVI decided to come to Abaco and I hope people take advantage of this,” he said prior to handing out full scholarships to Kelouse Beauplan, Deleresse Cornish, Dawn Mckenzie, Cleopatra Rolle and Laverne Taylor-Maynard, and partial scholarships were given to Ashana Cornish and Keturah Bassett.
He remembered when he worked with BTVI during his time in local government with Mr. Darville out of Nassau. “I saw the interest in the young men who took that course; they were so excited because they were being empowered.”
He added that he recognized as he spoke with people throughout Abaco that they want to be economically empowered.
“People want to do well and have opportunities, but in order to do well you will find you need something called education; they need to have skills training,” he said.
He said that he found many have the skills to do the work, but don’t have the papers (certificates) limiting their opportunities.
“The training will also empower persons to start their own business,” he said. “Persons who own their own business make two or three times as much as someone who takes a government job.”
Mr. Curry noted that “These small to medium size businesses are what makes Abaco’s economy so strong; it’s the small businesses that drives us and we want that to continue.”
“So we are trying to do something different to empower the people and at the same time help the local economy of Abaco to continue to grow.”
BTVI is offering a variety of courses and are ready to help persons receive the training they need to achieve their potential.