The nine students from the Technical Division of the CFBC who were enrolled in the program are Kelvin Richards, Jason Wilkes, Sylvester Rogers, Kadeem Inniss, Rahsaun Phillip, Josh Williams, Glenroy Phillip, Reo Estridge and Curjan Martin.
With the completion of their studies the students are said to be ready and equipped for the world of work.
During their two year programme the students received instructions in Building Science, Maths, Communication Studies, Art, Electricity, Building Surveying, Construction Technology, Computer Application, Computer Aided Design, Technical Drawing, Basic Construction, Workshop Project and Practice.
The students were prepared by a cadre of lecturers which include Samuel Brandy, Head of the Timber Department; Donald Burke, Technician; and Dennis Richards, coordinator.
According to Mr. Richards, the students demonstrated leadership skills.
“During the time that I spent working with the timber students, my observation is that what makes this class more successful than other classes is that they had leadership within the class itself” Mr. Richards said. “They worked as a team.”
Mr. Burke, who has had over twenty years in the timber field, said that he understands the importance of carpentry and how it can help the young men to make something of themselves in the society.
“Over the past twenty years, I have been one of the cornerstones at the college helping the students to learn the trade. I give them encouragement. I teach them life skills and the values of hard work and discipline,” said Mr. Burke.
Two of the students, Glenroy Phillip and Josh Williams testified that they have benefitted tremendously from the program.
“This two year course has done a lot for me. Coming to the college has been a good experience even though initially I didn’t want to come,” Mr. Phillip said.
Mr. Williams on the other hand said that “coming to the college was a good idea. I learned a lot. College life has helped me to learn to get along with people. It has taught me that you can’t build an island by yourself; you need to cooperate with others.”
“Another thing that college has taught me is discipline,” he said.