Under the theme, “Building Bridges, Closing Gaps… One Student at a Time,” the Abaco Education District Office in collaboration with the Abaco Chamber of Commerce, staged a set of activities to commemorate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month during the month of February. The effort highlighted and brought together major stakeholders in education and business, providing opportunities for all students and the general public in the technical-vocational arena.
According to Department of Education Officer Huel Moss, CTE Month in Abaco ‘kicked-off’ with a church service on Feb. 5 at Marsh Harbour Gospel Chapel where Pastor David Cartwright delivered an inspirational message. The Abaco District Committee was hosted by Pastor Silbert Mills live on Bahamas Christian Network (BCN) where CTE activities and the future of CTE in the country were discussed.
A poster competition for all high school students incorporating the CTE theme was also held. Prizes including a laptop, cell phones and a projector were part of the prizes awarded.
Moss said that the culminating activity was a large, successful CTE Career Fair and Exhibition on Feb. 13 at Grace Gym on the campus of Agape Christian School. More than 20 businesses and technical schools from Abaco and Nassau set up booths as hundreds of students, teachers, parents and the general public filled the gym.
After bringing brief remarks, the event was officially opened by Member of Parliament, Renardo Curry. Many live demonstrations took place, affording attendees a look at some of the skills necessary in certain technical fields. Students were able to gain information, requirements and insight regarding employment, education from the various booths, including scholarships, tech schools, and businesses such as electrical, finance, maritime, policing, agricultural, and conservational careers among many others.
Congratulations to the Abaco Education District Office and the Abaco Chamber of Commerce for an enormously successful event indeed.