To help young people including high schools and college graduates achieve their true potentials in the society, the Light Academy model school system, in collaboration with the MKS Vocational, and Teaching Institute has hosted a one day career seminars, and open in – house training for students and parents in lower Margibi County.
The career fair according to organizers, will help to abreast young people particularly high schools, and college students with the necessary skills to enhance their judgment in terms of selecting their various career paths at various universities and colleges across the country.
Speaking at the career fair over the weekend in lower Margibi County, the Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of both Light Academy Model School System and the MKS Technical and Vocational Institute Rev. Tailey W. Garley said the fair is intended to increase the knowledge of both parents and students in an effort to direct their career paths.
According to Rev. Garley, the career fair will be conducted after every three months to keep encouraging students and their parents on career developments and the importance of choosing career wisely, noting that human capital development which is considered as the most important for any school is lacking.
“We found ourselves in a country where everyone’s needs is politically motivated, election ballots will reach places that development will never reach but when it comes to investing in human capital and development, lots of people do not get themselves involved,” he says.
“Therefore, we must know the difference between humanitarian work and politically motivated work,” Rev. Garley continues.
The MKS Technical and Vocational Institute offers several vocational and technical courses in nursing, electricity, drafting, interior decoration, plumbing and catering, among others in lower Margibi County with hundred percent tuition free.
Rev. Garley recalls that in 2013 when he was coming from a hotel to teach Accounting Integration for regional stuff in Nairobi, Kenya, he heard the Lord spoke to him saying he wanted his blessing to be upon the generation.
He says since that time, God has not failed, adding: “Against this, students only pay registration, ID Cards and T. Shirt.”
The MKS Technical and Vocational Institute is the first and only Vocational and Technical Institute offers diploma and certificates, and it is expected later this year to reach to Technical College status, according to its founder.
Every Friday, the school as part of its extra activities, conducts marriage, single and entrepreneurship lectures for students to prepare themselves for the future.
In remarks, students from the MKS Technical and Vocational Institute call on high school students and other young people to take the issue of career seriously and with passion.
“I want to use this time to encourage females not to join the nursing profession for just money making, but I want you to join the profession with passion and determination,” the students say.
“Do not do nursing or first aid because you see your friends doing it. Have passion for what you want to do in life.”
The students, however encourage parents and their peers to get involved in vocational and technical education and have a great and successful future.
“We the students from MKS Technical and Vocational Institute want you women and young people to take advantage of every vocational and technical opportunities for self-empowerment and employment,” the students add.
Madam Ophelia Suah Kennedy, District Education Officer at Farmington District, thanked the school authority for such initiative and promised to work with the institution in all aspects.
The career fair brought together several students in the district, including officials of the district education officer of Farmington district, Schiefflin township commissioner, school administrators and community chairpersons and dwellers, respectfully.
By Lewis S. Teh–Edited by Winston W. Parley