“Never give up” was the message that valedictorian, mother of three, Sharon Scott had for the 2014 Graduating Class of Critchlow Labour College (CLC), this past Saturday.
The 39th Convocation Ceremony was conducted at the Woolford Avenue Campus, where over 200 graduates were conferred with certificates in six of the college’s programmes. Chairing the occasion was member of the CLC Board of Governors, Julian Archer.
Also present at the ceremony were members of the College’s Board, along with CLC Registrar Aubrey Norton and CLC Principal Ivor English. Delivering the feature address at the 39th convocation was retired Major General Joseph Singh.
In addressing her fellow graduates Scott related that as a school dropout with a family and full time job, completing the CLC was initially viewed as a daunting endeavour for her. However, upon seeing the academic success of her children, she was motivated to stop procrastinating and apply herself to her studies.
“I had to work hard,” Scott said adding that her children provided the guidance she needed to complete her certificate in Industrial and Social Studies. Scott was also a recipient of the award for “Overall Best Graduating Student”.
The accomplished mother, called on the graduating body to make the CLC proud as they step into the world with their acquired qualifications. She further encouraged her former classmates to be whoever they want to be, as she posited that her accomplishments are testament to the rewards of hard work.
Speaking to the graduates, retired Major General Singh encouraged the newly qualified recipients to become “doers in the wider world”. His speech addressed the changing world of the 21st century labour force. This new change, he said, has seen the rise of the independent worker. Singh highlighted these people as being workers who “define their lives by not what they do, but by what they like to do.”
Singh also reminded that the CLC has been producing such skilled and valuable workers for Guyanese society since its inception in 1967.
Of the six programmes, the Certificate in Management and Organisational Development had the most recipients with 70 graduates. Other programmes included the Advanced Diploma in Project Management with eight graduates, the Certificate in Care for the Elderly with 17 graduates, the Certificate in Communication and Effective Speaking with 36 graduates, the Certificate in Occupational Safety and Health with 13 graduates and Industrial and Social Studies with 41 graduates.
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