The first cohort of students will graduate from the renamed Samuel Jackman Prescod Institute of Technology (SJPI) this Saturday, November 11, during the institute’s Graduation and Awards Ceremony at its Wildey, St. Michael auditorium at 6:00 p.m.
The 48-year-old institution, formerly known as the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic, was renamed on October 19, by Minister of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, Ronald Jones.
This year’s graduation theme is: All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them. The feature address will be given by Registrar of the Caribbean Examinations Council, Glenroy Cumberbatch.
Graduates will be awarded 147 Certificates and 126 Diplomas for full-time programmes from across seven divisions: Agriculture, Automotive and Welding Engineering, Building Studies, Business Studies, Electrical Engineering, Human Ecology and Mechanical Engineering and Printing.
Some 340 persons who pursued shorter or evening courses in the Distance and Continuing Education Division are eligible for Certification and will also be recognised for their success. These awardees include students being trained under the Inter-American Development Bank – Competency Based Training Fund (IDB-CBTF) programme in Garment Technology, receiving Advanced Certificates and Certificates in Apparel Manufacturing Technology – Level 3; Developing a New or Existing Business – Level 3; Textile and Material Design – Level 3 and Manufacturing Sewn Products – Level 2.
In addition, 38 School Meals workers who completed the Certificate in Food Preparation for School Meals Workers course will be awarded, along with students completing the Certificate in Computer Skills for Mature Beginners; the Certificate in 3D Autocad Drawing; and the Certificate in Plumbing for Home Owners, among others.
Entertainment for the evening will include offerings from two students – a spoken word piece by Tyreik Durant, a graduand of the Diploma in Carpentry and Joinery, entitled: Red Pill Please; and a musical rendition by Kiann Browne, a student of the Diploma in Microcomputer Technology.