A total of 180 trainees will graduate from the Alexandria College of Continuing Education in November in various skill disciplines.
This was noted by Minister of State in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, and Member of Parliament for St. Ann South Western, Hon. Zavia Mayne, while contributing to the 2021/22 State of the Constituency Debate in the House of Representatives on September 22.
The Alexandria College is the former Armadale Girls’ Home which was destroyed by fire several years ago.
Mr. Mayne said the campus now serves as a site for learning and training for youth within the constituency, following the rehabilitation of the facility with the support of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information.
“The continued support for this institution has come from HEART, and we crave new grants to further the development of human talent,” he said.
Some of the disciplines offered at the facility include beauty therapy, allied health, guided tours, cake baking, landscaping, and electrical installation, along with the High School Diploma Equivalent (HSDE) programme. The courses last between six and nine months, and students are HEART-certified upon completion.
Meanwhile, he informed that the first cohort of students has been placed at the Aboukir High School following its upgrade.
Formerly the Aboukir Institute, the facility is now the second high school in the constituency and will assist in reducing the travel distance of many students who journey several miles, sometimes across parishes, to access secondary education.
Mr. Mayne noted, too, that it will also reduce the overcrowding that has accumulated at the Aabuthnott Gallimore High.
“I am thankful to the Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Fayval Williams, that a commitment I made in 2016 has been honoured – the upgrade of the Aboukir Institute to the Aboukir High School. This September, the first cohort of students has been placed there, making it the second high school in the constituency,” he informed.