Formerly the Total Educational Center (TEC), the Ruthnell Technical Institute (RTI) announced on Wednesday (September 5) morning that it has officially become a registered learning institute with the National Accreditation and Equivalency Council of The Bahamas (NAECOB).
RTI President Fred Delancy, who shared the exciting news noted that for the past 13 years, the institution has created a platform for persons – both young and old – to equip themselves with the necessary tools and training needed to secure employment in various industrial fields on the island.
According to Delancy, the institution’s Board of Directors has committed themselves to providing the best quality and relevant technical experiences for their students, as much as possible. To provide such, he informed that along with the recent registration of RTI by the NAECOB, other changes have since been implemented, including increasing the number of technical certificate courses offered by RTI and modifying each curriculum to suit the needs of particular industries, improving all workshops, and a further strengthening of partnerships within the industrial community.
RTI is now officially registered with the NAECOB to offer Technical Certificate Programs in the following vocations: Auto Service Technology, Carpentry and Construction Technology, Cosmetology and Barbering, Diesel Mechanics (Modern Diesel Technology), Electrical Systems technology, Digital Electronics, Heavy Equipment Operation, Air conditioning and Refrigeration Technology and Welding.
In addition to the above mentioned, new training programs to be introduced to the RTI portfolio of programs include Hotel and Catering, Office Systems and Administration, Agriculture, Alternative Energy and Computer Technology.
Birthed out of the West Grand Bahama Development Association (WGBDA), which was established 25 years ago, with the primary objective of addressing social ills affecting the youth, particularly in the West Grand Bahama District, by exposing them to uniquely structured, wholesome and consistent spiritual, cultural, social and community based programs and activities, in an effort to foster more knowledgeable, responsible and productive members of society, RTI has continued such a mantra, with the addition of affording participants to receive training in a number of technical certificate programs.
The RTI Youth Development Programs not only offer persons the ability to obtain technical certificates but, for those whom, for whatever reason, do not possess a high school diploma, they are able to receive one at the institution while at the same time, participate in a number of technical skills training, as well as become actively involved in personal, professional and community development programs.
Between the WGBYDA and TEC combined, tens of thousands of Grand Bahamians, particularly young persons, have benefitted from the work of both organizations, many of whose lives were indeed transformed for the better.
“Over the last 13 years, more than 1,200 young people have successfully completed the program, becoming more knowledgeable, better skilled, responsible and productive members of society.
“Upon completing the high school/pre-technology training program, students can enroll in the Technical Certificate Program (TCP), with other residents, both young and old, which prepare persons for entry-level technical jobs in the industrial workforce,” noted the RTI President.
Besides the fact that parents are overall pleased with their children’s growth and development at the institution formally known as TEC, Delancy informed that many local industrial companies have also bought into the vision of the school and the variety of programs offered, thus contracting them to design and coordinate training, uniquely crafted for their company’s specific needs.
“For example, BORCO Foundation Technical Institute, where 67 young people became internationally certified welders, the Freeport Container Port (FCP) Welding and Mechanical Training Program, and the Hotel Training Program for the Grand Lucayan Hotel, where 150 residents were trained in most areas of the hotel.
“Through these specialized training programs, residents are exposed to knowledge and practical applications, becoming adequately prepared to make immediate contributions to productivity in the workplace, in a number of technical areas.
“The industrial nature of Grand Bahama presents numerous technical job/career opportunities but, due to the lack of proper training, our young people are unable to access them. The obvious fact is that we, as a country must do a better job in preparing residents to become knowledgeable and better skilled. This will greatly reduce the practice of engaging foreign labor.
“Today marks the beginning of a technical education revolution, where all residents have easy access to very good quality, and affordable, technical training courses, acquiring the necessary knowledge, and skills to qualify and compete for the numerous exciting, challenging and financially rewarding jobs/careers, which are available in the industrial area.
“Therefore, if you are ready to continue the process of preparing for an exciting, challenging and financially rewarding career then welcome to Ruthnell Technical Institute, where the motto is, ‘Training Tomorrow’s Workforce.’”
Ruthnell Technical Institute is located on Andros Drive, Hawksbill, on the former Hawksbill High School campus. For more information on the institute, persons can contact them at 351-9491 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org