Education Minister Diallo Rabain met with students enrolled in the Applied Technical Certificate Programme, a two-year study experience at the Bermuda College, where he attended a special session entitled ‘Walk-in Wednesdays’.

High school students and guests heard presentations from students who are completing their second year in the course.

Minister Rabain said: “I was very impressed with the student projects ranging from energy conservation network security, virtual reality, automotive garage update, building home entertainment and car audio and building an app for tracking public bus transportation and parking. All the projects are useful and can benefit everyone. Overall, the students were engaging and very knowledgeable. The success of the programme is largely in part due to the instructors and administration who are working side-by-side with the students and results are great.

“The Applied Technical Certificate Programme includes introductory classes to technical careers such as carpentry, plumbing, HVAC, computers and the like. Physics and applied mathematics are also a part of the curriculum, in addition to life skills courses.”

Student presenters included Eric Wallace, Sekai Wainwright-Basden, Seth Samuels, Donovon Drummond, Elijah Lightbourne, Kerneil Morrison and Jalair Trott-Richards and Tyreese Cheeseman.

The Applied Technical Certification Programme is a joint effort led by the Department of Education in collaboration with the Bermuda College. The programme began in 2016 as a pilot study designed to help prepare students graduate as well as acquire the necessary skills to enter the job market.

At the completion of the programme it is expected the students will receive a Bermuda School Diploma (High School Diploma); the Applied Technical Certificate; City & Guilds Employability Skills Certificate and complete an internship.

For more information on the two year study programme, contact Dr Radell Tankard at the Department of Education. Email [email protected] or Dr Trescott Wilson at [email protected]

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