NEW TERRITORY – Six students from the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) have received Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP) scholarships. The scholarships, granted by the Canadian government provide short-term exchange opportunities. The exchange requires students to return to BTVI to complete their studies following the experience. Shown standing from left to right are: Edwinique Culmer, Human Resources Management major; Joshua Glinton and Shanado Moss, Electronic Engineering; Miguel Lamour, O’Neil A. Charlton and Levonia Braynen, Information Technology Management students. Seated are BTVI’s Dean of Student Affairs, Racquel Bethel (L) and BTVI’s President, Dr. Robert W. Robertson. Photo: BTVI
Nassau, Bahamas - For the 10th consecutive year, the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) has partnered with the Canadian government to award its students with study abroad exchanges.
Six BTVI students will be headed to Canada during the 2019-2020 academic year on Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP) scholarships.
BTVI’s Dean of Student Affairs, Racquel Bethel, who has played a key role in the partnership since its inception, said the sturdy relationship speaks volumes.
“It’s almost like validation to have international schools recognize us in addition to the Canadian government recognizing us. It’s amazing. It speaks to the product and the partnerships we maintain. This is a crowning moment,” said Ms. Bethel.
Heading to Fanshawe College for two semesters this fall will be Information Technology (IT) students, Miguel Lamour and Levonia Braynen.
Also this fall on a one-semester exchange to Holland College are Electronic Engineering students, Shanado Moss and Joshua Glinton, while Edwinique Culmer, whose focus is Human Resources Management, will be attending College of The Rockies.
OFF TO CANADA – Six Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) students who have landed Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP) scholarships toast to successful study abroad experiences. The cups with BTVI’s logo were given to the students by President, Dr. Robert W. Robertson. The short-term exchange requires students to return to BTVI to complete their studies following the experience. Shown from left to right are: O’Neil A. Charlton, Information Technology Management student; Edwinique Culmer, Human Resources Management; Miguel Lamour, and Levonia Braynen, Information Technology Management; Shanado Moss and Joshua Glinton, Electronic Engineering. Standing to the right is President Robertson. Photo: BTVI
Information Technology Management student O’Neil A. Charlton, who will also be spending a semester at Fanshawe College, will be the only recipient heading off in spring 2020.
Joshua, who graduated from Anatol Rodgers High in 2017 said he has had a desire to attend college from his high school days.
“I was trying to get a scholarship from then. When my friends went off, I felt depressed,” he confessed.
“When I came to BTVI, I stopped fretting, but even when Ms. Bethel came into our class to tell us about the ELAP scholarship and I wanted to approach her, I had doubts, but the opportunity came to me. I waited for this opportunity. I wanted this opportunity for so long, so I appreciate this and really thank God,” said the young man.
Meanwhile, Levonia expressed excitement about the opportunity.
“When I was nominated, I figured, ‘Out of all the people they could have picked, they nominated me.’ I believe it will open doors for me. I was like, ‘Go me,’” she exclaimed.
Ms. Bethel told the students she knows the rewards of student exchanges.
“As a teen, I went on a study exchange to Europe. Exposure is what it sometimes takes to get you outside of the box and change your world,” she said.
BTVI’s President, Dr. Robert W. Robertson, encouraged the students to represent themselves and The Bahamas well.
“We’re proud of you. You’ve earned it and it’s your skills that got you here. This has been an open and competitive process, so you’re the best of the best,” he stated.
Dr. Robertson, who is a Canadian citizen, gave the students insight on what Canada has to offer and what to expect regarding the weather. He encouraged them to enjoy the experience, but to remain focused.
The scholarships, granted by the Canadian government provide Latin America and Caribbean students with short-term exchange opportunities at the undergraduate and graduate levels. A condition of the exchange requires students to return to BTVI to complete their studies following the experience.