Monday, September 1, 2014

BTVI Students Chosen for Study Abroad Program

OFF TO COLLEGE: The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute’s (BTVI) Manager and Consultant, Dr. Iva Dahl conveys best wishes to BTVI student, Isaiah Strachan, who has been awarded an Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP) scholarship by the Canadian government for the fall 2014 semester. He will study at the institution with BTVI student, Diane Smith (not pictured).

Isaiah Strachan recently joined the list of students at The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI), who have been afforded the opportunity to continue studies abroad on an Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP) scholarship.

The 22-year-old who is headed to Holland College in Canada for the fall semester, will join BTVI student, Diane Smith - both of whom will study Electronics Engineering.  Following the semester, both students are expected to return to BTVI to complete their Associate of Applied Science degree in Electronics Engineering Installers and Repairs.

The 2009 graduate of St. Augustine’s College (SAC) said he was initially shocked at the prospect of heading to Canada for a semester.  However, he now anticipates the journey.  “I am looking forward to the experience in a new country and seeing snow.  I am also looking forward to learning new things in electronics engineering.”

The scholarship, granted by the Canadian government, provides students from Latin America and the Caribbean with short-term exchange opportunities at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

BTVI’s Manager and Consultant, Dr. Iva Dahl, emphasized to Isaiah that he is now an ambassador for the institution at Holland College.  She expressed confidence that he will do well, adding that the sky is the limit.

Meanwhile, BTVI’s Coordinator of Student Affairs, Raquel Bethel, described Isaiah as a “stellar” student who has demonstrated he is “one of the best in the Electronics program.” Ms. Bethel encouraged Isaiah, who has a strong academic background, to become actively involved in campus life, making the best of the experience.

Additionally, BTVI student, Valentino Burrows, who spent the spring 2014 semester at Holland College, shared how great an experience the study abroad program was for him.

“The professors at Holland are passionate about what they’re teaching. They push you. I never connected with people that quickly. There was a bond formed and I felt I knew them for years.  I even found time to play football with the Prince Edward Island Privateers,” Valentino reminisced.

Valentino, who was a part of the Energy Systems Engineering program added, “If it wasn’t for BTVI, the door may not have been opened for me. All I can say is, ‘Thank you.’

By Hadassah Hall
Public Relations Officer
The Bahamas Technical & Vocational Institute (BTVI)
Nassau, Bahamas
Direct line: (242) 502-6376
Switchboard: (242) 502-6300
Twitter:  BTVI242

BTVI's mission: To provide learning opportunities that enable individuals to be globally competitive and economically independent.

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