The president of the Monrovia College and Industrial Training School, Madam Pearl Banks-Williams, says high level of unemployment resulting from lack of technical skills among young people needs to be tackled at the junior and senior high levels of their education.
Speaking at the 58th graduation ceremony of Monrovia College recently at the Monrovia City hall, Madam Bank-Williams said teaching industrial education from these levels will help empower them to get prepared for part-time jobs to finance their college education.
Madam Pearl Bank-Williams, who took over the leadership of the MC two years ago, said she decided to add the industrial component to help prepare graduates from there for a better future.
She added that industrial education now plays a pivotal role in the society especially for youths, and adds an important taste to the curriculum of Monrovia College.
“MC Industrial Program is back in full swing and we are here to stay and ensure that our students get the requisite technical skills that will prepare them for college life. This is in addition to our excellent academic programs,” she said.
MC prior to the Liberian crisis was well known for industrial educational activities, but since the cessation of the crisis, not much attention has been given the industrial component of the school’s activities.
There are five industrial training programs offered senior high students of the institution, and each student has the option to choose one among them.
The programs include cosmetology,Consumer Science (cooking, baking and art, craft), Business Education, and Early Childhood Development.
There are also other programs such as Drafting, Construction and Electricity offered in the school.
According to the Monrovia College president, Driving and Agriculture will be added to the long list of Industrial Education courses this academic year.
The school also has a foreign language department that offers French and Chinese.
She said most of the developed countries are industrialized because of they attach to technical vocational knowledge.
“Most of the developed countries are so because of the small business activities that their citizens are engaged in,” she noted
“I’m a beneficiary of Industrial Education. I did Cosmetology and I made a lot of money in the US with my skills. This helped me a lot in pursuing my college education. So, this is the same idea that we have brought to MC,” she acknowledged.
She called on alumni of the school to help in whatever way they can to up-lift their alma mater.
“Like the man who teaches Chinese, he graduated from here, went to china and I think he has obtained two or three master degrees in that country. He has come with the skills and knowledge acquired to offer his services here. I want you to also do the same as he is doing,” the MC President noted.
The Dean for Academic Affairs, Mr. Molley A. Dukuly, said the school is ensuring a project based learning through its industrial training program.
“We are doing project based learning. In the various departments, the instructors are not only teaching and writing notes, but are doing practical and first- hand experience. We take our students out in the field for this purpose,” he said.
Dean Dukuly called on the industrial public to assist the schools in making available their industrial centers where the students can go to do their practical.
He disclosed that the Lebanese World Cultural Union president, Dr. Ezzat Eid, has offered his Aluminum Factory for students to do their Construction practical.
“So if you have wood workshops and other business entities, you can offer it to our students to do their practical,” he appealed.