(January 20th, 2009) The College of The Bahamas’ Centre for Continuing Education and Extension Services (CEES) recently launched a career institute to assist Bahamians with more vocational training, especially during the economic crisis. One of the programs offered by the institute will be Massage Therapy.
President of the College, Janyne Hodder told those gathered at the special ceremony on the college’s main campus that CEES has established the institute that will offer programs designed to help bring intrinsic value and a sense of accomplishment to these individuals.
Ms. Hodder further added that the programs are designed to serve both adult learners and recent high school graduates who are interested in one-year programs that help with on-the-job training.
Minister of Education, Carl Bethel said that he has expressed the need for more vocational- and skill-based training at every level of public education and throughout the system of education.
“For a number of years educators have advocated and rallied for a greater focus and investment in programs that will train and equip students with the necessary skills that will make them more employable, marketable and even to foster in them a greater sense of entrepreneurial spirit and the courage to go out and form their own businesses…so that they can play a more meaningful role in our nation’s economy.”
Aside from massage therapy, other programs include medical secretary, computer systems technician, medical billing and coding, wedding and event planning, landscaping installation and maintenance and cleaning technician.