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BTVI Welcomes Dorian displaced students to Nassau Campus
By Shantique Longley
Oct 16, 2019 - 11:00:20 AM

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The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) recently held a luncheon to welcome students displaced by hurricane Dorian to its New Providence campus, where they sat and ate a hearty meal with members of the senior management team including the institution’s chairman and president. Photo: Shantique Longley

Nassau, Bahamas - Thirty-five students from the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute’s (BTVI) Abaco and Grand Bahama campuses recently transferred to its New Providence campus following hurricane Dorian. To officially welcome the students, the institution held a luncheon in their honor where they sat and ate with members of the senior management team including the chairman and president.

Hurricane Dorian left BTVI’s Abaco and Grand Bahama campuses severely damaged which led to classes being suspended. For these students, they relocated solely to finish their studies at BTVI.

Since the moment they entered BTVI’s New Providence campus, they said they have experienced nothing but warm welcomes. In fact, Auto Mechanics’ transfer student, Del-Lamarr Davis indicated that this luncheon with BTVI managers – especially the president – further validates the institution’s ‘Students First’ strategic plan goal.

BTVI's Chairman, Kevin Basden (second from left) sat and had lunch with students displaced by hurricane Dorian. Photo: Shantique Longley

“I appreciate the fact that since we came everyone has went out of their way to welcome us. We especially appreciate the care packages we’ve received and the personal donations. Dr. Robertson has always been invested in us from we were in Freeport. Being here and having lunch with his team doesn’t feel any different because he always has and still is invested in us,” said Del-Lamarr, who is also President of BTVI’s Student Government Association in Grand Bahama.

Fellow transfer student, Amgia Russell, also expressed her gratitude for receiving such a meaningful welcome.

Seated left to right: BTVI’s Associate Vice President of Fund Development, Alicia Thompson; Silvia ‘Bib’ Borges of Florida National University; BTVI’s President, Dr. Robert W. Robertson and BTVI’s Dean of Student Affairs, Racquel Bethel. At the rear are BTVI Grand Bahama and Abaco transfer students. Photo: Shantique Longley

“I feel greatly appreciative and very welcomed because I really didn’t expect it. I expected for us to be treated like any regular transfer student, but I appreciate the time and effort that was put into this event. It has been a great experience for me and I’m thankful that my presence here means something,” said the Office Assistant student.

During the luncheon, organized by the Student Affairs department, the group received care packages from BTVI, Silvia ‘Bibi’ Borges of Florida National University (FNU) and the entire FNU team.

The group also received t-shirts with the words ‘BTVI Strong.’

BTVI's Abaco and Grand Bahama students who transferred to our New Providence campus following hurricane Dorian received a warm welcome by way of a luncheon in their honor with BTVI's senior management team. Photo: Shantique Longley

President of BTVI's Student Government Association in Grand Bahama, Del-Lamarr Davis, embraces a fellow Freeport native as they are welcomed by BTVI New Providence. Photo: Shantique Longley

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