July 16, 2021
The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) recently rebranded its business trades department with a new name, additional programs and certification opportunities.
Under its new name - Business Studies and Entrepreneurship - the department offers degree programs in Office Administration, Human Resources Management and Business Office Technology. Certificate programs include Office Assistant, Human Resources Management and Entrepreneurship.
The rebranding also includes the offering of international certifications. Certifications include Microsoft Office Suites Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access, along with Internet Core Competency Certification (IC3), Certiport Entrepreneurship and the Associate Professional in Human Resources (aPHRi) certification which is soon to be added.
Further, one of the new programs is the institution’s Entrepreneurship program, which is 34 weeks long for full time students with 15 transferrable credits.
Erin Whyley, who is currently a student in the Entrepreneurship program, hopes to one day become a business owner. She has learned how to write business plans, apply for government grants and keep track of her expenses using Microsoft Excel. Her goal is to open her own variety store.
Meanwhile, Chair of Business Studies and Entrepreneurship, Kerima Smith, is responsible for the department’s shift of including Entrepreneurship as one of its disciplines. Ms. Smith has long been an advocate for business ownership and often encourages her students to explore it. She said at the end of the program, graduates will be more equipped to successfully start a new business or build upon their current business ventures.
“Entrepreneurship and small businesses are the engines of all economies. Most entrepreneurs are small business owners that account for over 50% of all jobs in the country. During Covid-19, many business owners suffered, but many emerged out of the crisis because they embraced it as an opportunity to either present something new to the market or to change the way they did business dramatically,” said Ms. Smith.
“The Entrepreneurship program aims to teach our students how to always focus on the opportunity to remake, rebuild and rebrand a product or service, no matter the state of the economy,” she added.
The Business Studies and Entrepreneurship department's mission is to create value for its students and for businesses locally and globally, through educational activities that will lead to career success and the advancement of their professional growth. Its vision is to be seen as a leader in education through knowledge creation, contemporary programs and extraordinary experiences.
A ribbon cutting ceremony to officially launch the rebranded department is scheduled for August 2021.