The Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) over the weekend graduated 575 persons, who underwent four months of computer training.
The closing exercise of the YMCA ‘Cycle 21’ computer training program brought together several persons including some of the trainees, Liberia YMCA senior staffers, volunteers, parents and well-wishers of the graduates.
The graduates were awarded certificates after completing various computer software applications which include introduction to computer system and Windows- MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, while at the intermediate level, trainees underwent courses in database management, layout design and graphic design, among others.
Deputy Minister for Technical Services at the Ministry of Post & Telecommunications, D. Zotawon Titus, in his address, challenged the trainees to make every conscious effort to obtain value through the skills they have acquired.
“The knowledge you acquired at the YMCA is a platform for success, and so I caution you against complacency after graduation. Make the most of your training,” Minister Titus challenged the graduates.
He also recognized stakeholders in the training process and appreciated support from the YMCA partners and friends of young Liberians.
“Amid minimum resources in this competing world, you have been able to add value to yourselves through what you have learned,” Mr. Titus told the graduates as they applauded in appreciation for the admonition.
Earlier, YMCA National General-Secretary, Edward Gboe, commended the young people for their interest in undergoing the training program.
He called on the graduates to remain disciplined and not become complacent and to serve as ambassadors for the youthful population, some of whom are resilient and hard working.
For his part, the training Coordinator, Derrick Barchell, said since the establishment of the center in 2004, over 12, 000 persons have been trained with 83 percent of them being female.
Most of the beneficiaries, he said, are now working in the public and private sectors thereby enhancing self -employment and development.
Mr. Barchell said the Cycle 21, like all other cycles, was embedded with sports and social interactions aimed at getting the trainees to know the mission and values of the YMCA.