IPRC East holds first graduation for College of Technology, awards certificates to vocational trainees.

IPRC East graduated 194 students who were awarded Advanced Diploma after completing three years of studies. The graduation ceremony was held on March 28, 2017 at Cyasemakamba stadium in Ngoma district. During the same occasion, another batch of 256 trainees were also awarded certificates after completing a one-year training in various trades.
Chairman Board of Directors of WDA John Bonds Bideri awarding one of the best forming graduands as Vice Mayor Ngoma district & Principal of IPRC East look on.
Graduands at advanced diploma level completed three-year courses in the departments of Civil Engineering - option of construction technology, Mechanical Engineering - options of Automobile technology, Production and Manufacturing technology, ICT - option of information technology, Hospitality Management - options of Culinary Arts, Housekeeping operations, Front office operations, Food and Beverage services.
Some of the graduands after the Conferment
The Chairman of Board of Directors of the Workforce Development Authority (WDA) John Bonds Bideri expressed how the graduation was the fruit of years of hard work for a significant achievement.
''This marks another milestone in the growth of TVET and contribution to the human resources development that is crucial to the development of the country. I am confident that the graduates we are celebrating today will make a significant change to our society, filling some of the gaps in the labor market and contributing to the growth of industry and the national economy, '' Bideri said.
Part of the academic procession

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 

PRO/IPRC East.