Nimba county Community College (NCCC) in Sanniquellie City is expected to hold its first Convocation for 200 students on December 12, the president of the college, Dr. Yar Donlah Gonway Gono, has confirmed.
NCCC was established through a Legislative Act in 2010 and accredited by authorities of the National Commission on Higher Education (NCHE), but started full academic activity in 2011.
Speaking to reporters recently in Sanniquellie, the Dr. Gono said the 200 students will be the first batch of students to be leaving the halls of NCCC on December 12 in 14 disciplines.
She said that the Convocation was to be held last year, but because of the Ebola virus disease (EVD), it was postponed.
She expressed optimism in the performances of the prospective graduates, adding, “They showed high enthusiasm and academic prowess during the time they were yet learning.”
NCCC is part of government’s decentralization program in the education sector to enable rural dwellers to acquire higher levels of education.
In a related development, Dr. Gono has said owing to the level of teaching at the college, the enrollment has increased from 1300 to 1500 following the release of the recently administered entrance examination results.
She also praised the United States Agency for International Development/ Food Enterprise Development (USAID/FED) for their numerous contributions including the development of a compost processing center, the library, the training of staff in animal husbandry, fishery and the development of a modern science lab.
“These efforts by USAID/FED will enhance the learning ability of the students, because about 80 percent of them are in the sciences for which we are so happy,” she said.