Students of the Business Development Studies department at the Alexandra Secondary School now have a bit more clarity on and understanding of various technological terms and Information Technology (IT) concepts following a visit by Digicel Barbados and the champions of the company’s Corey Wood Mentorship Programme.

Students taking in information from Senior Engineer at Digicel, Kerry Farnum.

Students taking in information from Senior Engineer at Digicel, Kerry Farnum.

Recently, Digicel held a session at the school where they took the group of students pursuing studies in IT through various careers available in that area, along with explaining many of the concepts which the students had recently been exposed to as a result of their curriculum.

The catalyst for the session was the telecommunication company’s completion of its inaugural Corey Wood Mentorship Programme conducted at the Ellerslie Secondary School in November of last year. Named in honour of the beloved Digicel technical employee who passed away early in 2014, the programme is aimed at giving young IT students an insight into non-traditional careers in IT, as well as assisting with their well-rounded personal development.

Information Technology Teacher at Alexandra, Wayne Porte, said after seeing the coverage of the programme in the press, he was quick to contact Digicel:

“My students recently covered the area of networking in the CSEC Information Technology syllabus and were introduced to various terms such as, bandwidth, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), fibre-optic, etc.; and I wanted them to have a better and more practical understanding of these terms and concepts. Who better to assist me in this venture than a company that deals specifically in this area of technology on a daily basis? I therefore contacted Digicel and they willingly agreed to assist me in this undertaking.”

“Digicel did a fantastic job in their presentation. It was extremely informative and appropriate for students, not only because they heard about careers in Information Technology, but also because they are students who are preparing for CSEC examinations and about to leave secondary school. I liked that the Digicel team encouraged them to be life-long learners and to be thinkers. They also gave a great illustration of what people generally think success is, compared to what it really is. Persons generally think the path to success is a straight line, but it is in fact a series of zigzags, ups and downs (triumphs and disappointments). I know that illustration has been etched in to the minds of the students”, said Porte.

Marketing Executive with Digicel (Barbados) Limited, and coordinator of the programme, Shakida Grant, said they were happy to help the students following Mr. Porte’s call for assistance:

“The purpose of the programme is to impart valuable knowledge and we are therefore quite willing to work with the IT and Business Development Studies departments of school across the island to ensure that these students are much more informed when making decisions on their careers paths.”

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