A big tech boost for Technical College

By Demion McTair. Updated 11:18 a.m., Sunday, May 8, 2022, Atlantic Standard Time (GMT-4).

Ms. Felica Thomas, Universal Service Fund Administrator addressing students at the handing over ceremony.

The Division of Technical and Vocational Education – DTVE of the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Community College has received a technology boost.

The division received a donation of thirty (30) new computers from the National Telecommunications Regulatory Communication – NTRC, under the Universal Service Fund on Friday, May 6.

The donation for the 30 computers to the DTVE is part of a 45-computer donation of which 15 computers were donated to the Division of Arts, Sciences and General Studies – DASGS.

At the DTVE, the computers will be used in the Smart Lab which was donated by the NTRC and which is used by ICT, Business and Engineering students.

According to Mr. Osborne Bowens, Dean of the DTVE, this is the second donation of computers to the college by the NTRC in recent years. He said the previous donation in 2014 benefited over 3,000 students and that these new ones will serve current students and future students for another several years.

Ms. Felica Thomas, Universal Service Fund Administrator said the 30 Lenovo Idea Center computers from the NTRC costs $104, 850 Eastern Caribbean Dollars.

Ms. Felica Thomas, Universal Service Fund Administrator

“We therefore hope that this effort which the Universal Service Fund invested in the SMART Lab will be fully utilized as we are in harsh economic times,” Ms. Thomas said.

Meanwhile, Director of the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Community College, Mr. Nigel Scott told the students to take care of the computers.

“Use the lab responsibly. Take care of them (the computers) as if they were your own so that future generations can have the opportunity to use them,” Mr. Scott said.

The Director of the SVGCC, Mr. Nigel Scott (center-right), standing with the Dean of the DTVE (center-left, back row) and members of the NTRC and students.

Some of the specifications of the computers include that they are 24 inches, they have 11th generation processor, they have 512 SSD, and they have 16 Gigabytes of RAM.

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