High schoolers dive into Technology at BTVI


  • Kwsaind Turnquest (right) assiting his classmate with an assignment

  • Program Instructor, Andre Bethel helps two stduents

-Students at work discovering the wonders of technology

Photos by: Shantique Longley

Young Kwsaind Turnquest made one of the best decisions when he decided to sacrifice his summer vacation to participate in the Information and Communication Technology Summer Youth Programme at The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI).

Kwsaind has always been a knowledge hungry student, and the ICT program is just one of those things that satisfies his appetite to learn.

"I'm excited to continue in this programme because it is going to help me secure my future. It's a part of achieving my career goal to become a Computer Engineer and Music Producer," said the 15-year-old.

For this video game player, the most exciting part of the programme so far has been learning how to make programmes and video games. He most recently learned how to make his own music in the programme and cannot wait to share his experience with family.

Fellow participant, Bria Hanna has always been interested in technology and is excited she finally has the opportunity to learn more about it.

"I was hoping that I would be able to establish my future career while I'm still young and when I learned about this program I was like, 'Wow, that's it.' What really excites me about the program is the hands-on approach. We're not just sitting down watching videos; we're actually getting to do things," said the 14-year-old.

Bria has already begun sharing her experiences with her friends and is excited to go deeper into programming. Her goal is to become a lawyer, focusing on cybercrime cases.

Both participants plan to continue into one of BTVI's associate of applied science degrees in the information technology field after high school - which they will be able to complete within a year, thanks to the ICT programme.

BTVI's Chair of Information Technology, Anthony Ramtulla said: "With this programme, the seed will be planted for these young people to become the leading experts in Software Engineering, Network Engineering and Information Technology Management in the nation."

BTVI's Associate Vice President of the Northern Campus, Veronica Collie added: "As Grand Bahama becomes a technical hub, we want the students leaving high school to be able to keep up with the changes. The ICT programme is taking them in the right direction and preparing these young people for the job market when they graduate high school." said.

The students will sit their first international certification exam this month.

The three-year summer programme - launched in partnership with the Ministry of Education and the Office of the Prime Minister - trains upcoming 10th graders in the modules of I.T. Fundamentals, Linux Unhatched, Introduction to Cyber Security, Python, JavaScript, professional performances and ethics.

There are 126 students presently enrolled in the programme in New Providence. which is also being offered at BTVI's Grand Bahama campus with 54 students.