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Jan 12, 2016

B.T.L. Signs Memorandum of Understanding With SJCJC

After sending out the call to several education institutions to make the bid, today, Belize Telemedia Limited signed a memorandum of understanding with Saint John’s College Junior College. The MOU offers an associate’s degree program in Computer Networking with emphasis in IP Technology to Telemedia employees and SJCJC students. The joint initiative, which is valued at two hundred and fifty thousand dollars, will help develop the human resources at Telephone Company and prepares students for that field of work.  The package includes the installation of computers and all the amenities needed for a new computer lab, named Bit and Bytes. News Five spoke with Chairman of the Executive Committee for B.T.L., Anwar Barrow and the President of SJC, Alice Peralta at the signing ceremony this afternoon.


Alice Peralta

Alice Peralta, President, SJC

“We are grateful for the opportunity that it will bring to students; their employees that we are going to train and also future students of SJC. So we are super happy about the partnership and hope and invite other institutions to partner with SJC and partner with educational institutions because we are nonprofit institution and partnering with the private sector is super important. Now we had the program already established but to improve the computer networking program and to train employees for B.T.L.  The program is scheduled to last two and a half years, so it is part time—specifically for B.T.L. employees, but also we will be admitting students from the community to enroll in that program. Now we cannot guarantee that these students are going to get a job with B.T.L., but it will definitely open opportunities for them.”

 

Anwar Barrow

Anwar Barrow, Chairman, Executive Committee, B.T.L.

“The program represents for us a quarter million investment over three years and that comes y way of the lab that you see today as well as the tuition for the enrollment of some of our employees. The program is open to the public so it is not just for B.T.L. employees; that’s important. But that’s what it represents for us in terms of dollars, but I think the return on investment is going to be a great one because as we push forward, we need our people to become better qualified, better skilled and this is what this is about. It is absolutely about the human resources at B.T.L. and also for the wider country and the wider community. Not only the people who are currently employed with us, but a lot of young people are interested in technology and they want an opportunity to participate and so this is about them too.”

 

The program started on the fourth of January with the enrollment of ten employees among twenty students. The course is being offered at a cost of one thousand two hundred dollars per semester.

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