The Principal of IPRC East Dipl.-Ing. Ephrem Musonera said the knowledge and skills acquired by graduands would be a foundation for professionalism, passion for work and integrity in their occupations. He further encouraged them to work with dedication, so as not to miss chances and opportunities
''This achievement is not the end of the journey because now the real adventure of life begins. I challenge you to use the acquired technical and vocational skills and any other knowledge to venture into projects that will uplift your living standards and boost the national economy'', Musonera told graduands.
The Principal of IPRC East also appreciated the role of partners and different companies that offered internships to students, study tours, contributed to curriculum development or were involved in skills development in different ways.
Best performing graduates were awarded laptops during the graduation ceremony; Eight graduates who were best performers in all options of study in College of Technology, one best performer in Technical Secondary School (TSS) and one best performer among the 256 at vocational training level.
Vice Mayor of Ngoma district in charge of Social Affairs Providence Kirenga told graduands to take advantage of government programs and institutions to create jobs. She referred to the National Employment Program (NEP-Kora Wigire) that provides support and assistance in job creation, existence of Business Development Fund (BDF) that finances business projects, among others.
Nancy Rwagasore, a graduand in Information Technology said she was very confident entering the labor market, ready to her own job when she does not find one, owing to the entrepreneurial skills she has acquired alongside technical skills.
IPRC East was established in 2012 when former Technical Secondary School ETO Kibungo was upgraded to an Integrated Polytechnic Regional Center (IPRC) in the Eastern Province.
The school provides technical and vocational education at all levels through its main three levels; Vocational Training Centre (VTC), a Technical Secondary School (TSS) and a College of Technology. So far 920 students have completed in TSS and VTC levels.
Compiled by Theogene Ishimwe