The Liberia International Christian College (LICC) on June 3 graduated 114 students in four disciplines including business management, accounting, education, agriculture and pastoral theology, with agriculture topping the list of graduates.
This is the fourth graduation exercise since the school was established a few years ago, with this year’s graduates being the highest in number.
The school’s Vice President for Administration, Mrs. Gina Sheets, said from 2012 to 2016 the institution enrolled about 266 students of whom 118 have successfully graduated.
The school offers courses in four disciplines in three segments, leading to the graduates obtaining an Associate of Art (AA) degree upon completion.
The school is anticipating the launching of a nursing program, if approved by the National Commission on Higher Education, the president, Dr. Sei Goryor Buor, indicated.
The LICC is presently constructing a modern arts center to enhance the educational needs of the students and the community in general. The center will also host the agriculture department, which topped the graduation list.
The LICC is a Christian-based entity with emphasis on providing education for those who cannot afford to seek higher education in areas outside their localities owing to financial difficulties.
The guest speaker, Dr. Michael P. Slawon, who spoke on the topic, “Higher Education, A Key to Fostering Liberia’s Development Agenda,” told the graduates that if the country is to develop in keeping with its vision which calls for creating a middle income country, they must recognize the critical role that higher education plays to bring about paradigm shifts that will positively impact the life of every Liberian.
“This means, our students must focus on their studies in various disciplines, particularly in the sciences including engineering, chemistry, biology, physics, agriculture, and mathematics,” he said.
Nimba County District #1 Representative Jeremiah Koung called on the government to accredit the institute to offer Bachelor of Arts degree so it can open the nursing department.