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Friday 20th May 2011
May 20th, 2011 Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute Start something new by enrolling and learning about a profession. For more information Tel: 502-6300 or visit http://www.btvi.edu.bs
NASSAU, Bahamas -- With The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute's (BTVI) major role in the education and training of those in construction trades, it is joining hands with The Bahamas Home and Builders Trade Show and Energy Expo, the largest local consumer trade display.
Organizers of the expo, to be held October 25th through 27th at the Wyndham Nassau Resort, noted that despite the challenging state of the world's economy, professionals and consumers alike are using the platform to increase efficiencies, re-tool their companies and continue to educate themselves in order to be ready for all business opportunities.
Show organizer, Cyprian Gibson, acknowledged the part BTVI continues to play in the construction trades' sector and welcomed them aboard. "BTVI is the most significant educational institution in the building sector. Many who have excelled in the sector came through BTVI."
The 13th annual expo attracts more than 3,000 professionals and consumers from around The Bahamas and abroad. BTVI will use it as a recruitment exercise and field trip for current students, but also take the opportunity to showcase do-it-yourself demonstrations in basic carpentry, tiling and electrical installations. It is a chance for students to be exposed to existing products and practices, along with networking opportunities.
BTVI's Dean of Construction Trades, Alexander Darville expressed excitement about the possibilities which exist from being one of the exhibitors that include those in the construction, real estate and energy sectors.
NASSAU, Bahamas -- It was a cultural awakening for approximately 350 faculty, staff, students and family members of The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) as they recently flocked to The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas for the much-touted 'The Bahamian Collection' photographic exhibition.
Well executed, the strikingly artistic portraits of 40 men and women represent the depth of the Bahamian spirit via the lens of Duke and Lisa Wells. The extraordinary exhibition is in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of The Bahamas' independence.
BTVI's Student Affairs Coordinator, Mrs. Raquel Bethel explained that the trip to the art gallery was to encourage those in the Student Success, Entrepreneurial Workforce Prep, English classes and the wider BTVI community to get to know more about their cultural heritage. Assistant Manager and Academic Dean, Mr. Valdez K. Russell, added that it was to further build the BTVI community and expose students to a greater depth of Bahamian culture.
"Based on the facial expressions and the lively banter, I think we did well. These students are evidently engaged, from the curious to the enthused," said Mr. Russell. "It's not just about going to class. We want to introduce our students to art, as some of them may not just go out and visit the art gallery," he noted.
Many of the students had never visited the art gallery before and were impressed with what they saw and learned.
The first phase of Baha Mar's service and training academy got underway yesterday with 120 unemployed Bahamians receiving the opportunity to enhance their skills at the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI).
The men were among just over 1,000 applicants who applied for the training program, said Baha Mar's VP of Workforce and Planning Development Anne Williams during the orientation exercise at BTVI.
"They should feel very fortunate because they are a part of the first group," she said.
BTVI's Dean of Construction Trades Alexander Darville said over the 18-day program, the participants will be trained in electrical, carpentry, masonry, drywall and plumping.
Darville pointed out that successful completion of the course does not guarantee employment for the participants.
However, those who pass the course will be given preferential treatment among those who apply to work on the construction of the project. Four thousand jobs are anticipated to be created in the construction sector for the various activities involved in the project's development. Courses will begin at BTVI on Monday.
Darville said Baha Mar is in the process of identifying institutions it hopes to partner with for future training programs. Charles Hunt, a consultant at the Ministry of Labour and Social Development, also attended the orientation. Hunt pointed out the benefits of the training program.
"All of these persons are unemployed and by going through this process they have a real opportunity to be considered for employment for a project that would have at least four years to completion," he told The Guardian after the orientation.
Hunt said after the training, the Department of Labour will enter their names into its skills bank and will liaise with Baha Mar's human resources department. The 120 participants -- 75 from New Providence and 45 from Grand Bahama -- were chosen on the basis of their lack of skill.
Hunt said many of the participants have limited experience in construction.
"This program will provide individuals a classroom experience and they will build on their skills," he said.
"This will not qualify anyone to be (an expert) but they will be capable and able to work with experts in the field."
Baha Mar has committed to spending about $8 million on training exercises. Senior Vice President of Administration and External Relations at Baha Mar Robert Sands said the $8 million is for the construction of an academy, as well as operational training and retraining once the academy is established.
The academy represents Baha Mar's commitment to ensuring staff are prepared to deliver the quality performance levels that will be expected of them, according to officials.The first phase is estimated to cost about $65,000.
In a statement released yesterday, well known FNM supporter Ivoine Ingraham said Bahamians need to know of “questionable events” that have allegedly occurred at the school and he called on school officials to “clear the air”.
Sunday 14th June 2009
The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute's Cosmetology and Fashion Dept presents “Spice 2009: A Practical Interpretation of Cosmetic Expression.” Held at the Crystal Palace Ballroom at 4 pm. Tickets $20, at door $25. For more information, contact 242-502-6300 Email: email@example.com
The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) is now a semi-autonomous body with a nine-member board.
The board, a first for the institution, was established by the 2010 Bahamas Technical and Vocational Act, which came into force in early 2011. Its chairman is Felix Stubbs, general manager of IBM Bahamas Limited; the deputy chairman is Peter Whitehead, consultant at Osprey Construction.
"BTVI students will be supported by a very able-bodied board of visionary and successful leaders in their own right, who will work with the management of BTVI to map out a more progressive future for BTVI," said Minister of Education, Science and Technology Jerome Fitzgerald.
Other members of the board from various industries include Cadwell Pratt, assistant director at the Ministry of Works and Urban Development; Kevin Basden, general manager at the Bahamas Electricity Corporation; Thelma Grimes, retired public servant; Godfrey Forbes, president, Bahamian Contractors Association; Henry Storr, proprietor, Storr's Electric; Sabrina Francis, fashion designer and owner of Se-B Fashion Designs, and Ruby Nottage, retired Supreme Court justice.
With semi-autonomy, BTVI will have its own budget. Previously it was under the Ministry of Education.
According to the education minister, the board's appointment is a leap forward for vocational and technical education in The Bahamas.
"The board will play a critical part in the development of BTVI. It will help to raise the profile of BTVI from a policy and national perspective," said Fitzgerald.
"We want to be able to reduce the number of labor permits and BTVI plays a critical role in that. BTVI is addressing the needs of the country in terms of skilled labor."
Stubbs said the board recognized the significance of BTVI.
"It is important to the advancement of the economy and skilled laborers are needed to help move the economy forward. At BTVI, we want every deserving person to be given the opportunity to enhance their skills," he said.
Sitting as the ex-officio member of the board until the appointment of a president is BTVI's Manager and Consultant Dr. Iva Dahl. Fitzgerald commended Dahl and her team for their hard work and efforts in elevating the quality of programs and training along with local and international partnerships, which have advanced BTVI.
"One program I am particularly impressed with is BTVI's construction trades training, which it has taken to the Family Islands to ensure that scores of Bahamians have an opportunity to obtain skills training in this lucrative field," he said.
Fitzgerald noted that studies show that higher levels of vocational education and training qualifications and workforce development are strongly linked to increased workforce participation and productivity of society.
BTVI offers various programs of study where students are able to obtain diplomas and certificates. The institution also offers associate of science degrees in office administration, business office technology, construction technology, electronics engineering installers and repairs, in addition to information management.
In the past two years enrollment has increased by more than 25 percent at the institution. There are 1,957 students at BTVI, with 1,746 at its New Providence campus and the remainder being at the school's Freeport campus.
Information technology and security student, Gerrard Russell, will be one of five Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute students heading to Canada in January to continue studies on an Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP) scholarship.
Russell, who will study information technology at Fanshawe College, in London, Ontario, Canada, along with Ketely Brown who will pursue studies in the same field, but at Holland College; Elkeno Jones who will study electrical at Holland College, Valentino Burrows, who will study solar thermal energy at Holland College, Rashad Morely, who will study electrical at Vancouver Island University, received the scholarships through the Canadian government. The scholarships are for students from Latin America and the Caribbean.
The scholarships are short-term opportunities at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The purpose is to support the development of human capital and the next generation of leaders in the Americas, which strengthens linkages between post-secondary schools in Canada with Latin America and the Caribbean. The scholarship value varies between ($7,200 and $9,700 Canadian) depending on the duration and level of study for students, according to whether the course of study is four months for college and undergraduate students, or for a period of five or six months of study or research. And cover visa and or study/work permit expenses; funding for the most economical round trip economy class airfare; funding for health insurance; monthly living allowance and required books, supplies and equipment, not including computers.
The student exchange, which began in 2009, requires BTVI students to be full-time and following the experience, they are to return to BTVI to complete their studies.
Russell, a former student of C.C. Sweeting Senior School, who has been enrolled at BTVI for a year-and-a-half, is excited about the opportunity to study abroad. He departs for Canada on December 31, and plans to make the most of the opportunity, especially after he "messed around and threw opportunities out of the window."
He credits an employee at a school for gifted children who told him he could be whatever he wanted to be. That proved to be a light bulb moment for him. And besides God, Russell gives credit to his networking instructor Anthony Ramtula who inspired him to go beyond the ordinary.
"He kicked me into gear. He is brutally honest. He would also teach for hours straight, motivating me to be better than him. I've never met anyone like him," said Russell, who aspires to be a security auditor.
"Coming from nothing, this could only be God," said the 24-year-old who grew up in Chippingham with his parents Anthony and Melanie Russell and his siblings. His 20-year-old brother Ammad is also a student at BTVI.
"I won't disappoint BTVI. I'm just a person who wants to be the best."
And Russell is more than ready to make the leap from BTVI's 1,700 student campus to the approximately 15,000 full-time students he will meet at Fanshawe's main campus.
"This is the opportunity to show the naysayers that God can do everything. I won't let this opportunity slide," he said.
Russell, who said he has already started packing, said he also views the opportunity to study abroad as a chance to become more independent.
The BTVI student is a 3.73 cumulative grade point average student, a far cry from the less than 2.00 average he had when he left high school.
The reason for his change -- life -- and being under bosses who screamed at him made him realize there was more to life. He also did not want to fall prey to the lure of illegal activities. The young man who said he decided to take responsibility for his actions names Dr. Ben Carson, who at one point could not read, but went on to become the world's first black pediatric surgeon as an inspiration to him.
BTVI's manager and consultant, Dr. Iva Dahl told the five students to make BTVI proud and to remain focused on their courses of study. She also encouraged the students to expand their horizons and integrate with other cultures, opening themselves to the international experience.
The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) and Lakeland College in Alberta, Canada have signed an agreement allowing BTVI students to transfer credits and further their education at the Canadian institution.
The agreement signing took place yesterday at BTVI campus at Old Trail Road. Dr. Iva Dahl, manager/consultant at BTVI signed on behalf of BTVI. Mark Butler, associate dean of international and distance learning signed for Lakeland College. Minister of Education Desmond Bannister also signed the document.
"It is beneficial to students, as they will receive credits for courses completed at BTVI," said Dr. Dahl.
She added that the areas in which BTVI students will be able to ...