The Center for Training and Innovation has successfully graduated two more cohorts of students from its spring “Learn-and-Earn” carpentry course and its housekeeping management course.
With pride and a sense of accomplishment, friends and family gathered at the graduation ceremony at Rock Sound Campus on July 7 to celebrate and show their support. Eleven students from South Eleuthera have received professional development certificates in carpentry and housekeeping. Perez Hilton, Rumeo Johnson, Jeffrey Knowles, Ysamine Miller, David Elliot, Camrin Rolle, Ketchina Estime and Kevano Johnson graduated from the carpentry cohort. The housekeeping cohort consisted of Margaret Pyfrom, Crystal Rolle and Vanessa Brown, all employees of Cotton Bay Holdings Ltd.
Classes were taught by local experts in their field, including Graham Walker and Larry Forbes who facilitated the carpentry course, and Tamika Rahming who conducted the housekeeping management course.
Speaking on behalf of her class, Crystal Rolle, the Housekeeping Supervisor of Cotton Bay Holdings Ltd. expressed gratitude for the refresher course which reiterated the importance of enhancing the guest experience through careful attention to detail. “Your last impression of a room is your guest’s first impression,” she said. “It is very important to pay attention to the smallest details, from the folding of the towels to the folds of the sheets. They all make a difference.
Addressing the graduates, Daniel Zuleta, Director of Cotton Bay Holdings Ltd. thanked CTI and its staff for a job well done and invited all graduates to continue on the path of professional and personal development. “A few months ago we launched this initiative fortunate to have the excellent work of CTI in providing their knowledge, experience, best practices and great sense of service to successfully meet the challenge of training of our staff,” he noted. “Combined with the commitment, dedication and hard work of our staff, we have achieved such great results in such a short time, which reflects the quality of training at CTI, as well as the personal abilities of our employees.”
The graduates shared how the past ten weeks of hard work, knowledge sharing and mentorship have equipped and inspired them to pursue the same standard of excellence in their respective lives and workplaces.
Reflecting on the many lessons learned, David Elliot praised his carpentry instructors for preparing him for a career and the realities of business. “Without the knowledge that Mr. Forbes shared, I probably would have been fired a few times in the job field,” David noted. “Learning to count materials and calculate my work, to handle the table saw, the circular saw and to build cabinets… I did all of this in just ten short weeks. I couldn’t get that anywhere else.
Gregory Higgs, owner of Higgs Construction in North Eleuthera, gave the keynote address urging graduates to continue their education. He also stressed the importance of “a good attitude, a good work ethic and consistency at work, which can be lacking these days”. Sharing his perspective as a local business owner, he reminded the group that whether it’s an owner or an employee, “these things take you a long way”.
CTI is the premier higher education and training institution in Eleuthera, offering 10-12 week professional courses and short workshops. Students have access to training in culinary, hotel and housekeeping management, carpentry, construction, electrical installation, introduction to hydroponics, beekeeping and a wide variety of agriculture and farming courses.
Courses are approved by the National Accreditation Equivalency Board of the Bahamas (NAECOB) and are structured to include both hands-on training with qualified practitioners and traditional classroom learning. Students find the courses transformative, allowing them to work alongside their peers to gain valuable knowledge and experience while exploring opportunities that otherwise might not have been available to them.
CTI’s Learn-and-Earn program is offered exclusively through the Rock Sound campus and offers students the unique opportunity to earn a weekly stipend while in training. The CTI-Harbour Island Trade School (HITS) was established to meet the growing need for skills and technical training on Harbor Island and the surrounding settlements of North Eleuthera. CTI-HITS currently offers courses in cooking and carpentry.
Each new cohort of students reinforces CTI’s commitment to providing better employment, training and entrepreneurship opportunities for young people in Eleuthera. The organization’s goal is to empower and sustainably develop the people, local communities and economy of Eleuthera, one student at a time.
For information on course offerings, email: [email protected] or call 815-3800.
One Eleuthera Foundation (OEF)/Centre for Training and Innovation (CTI)