On Friday, 12 September, the Melele Room at the Marshall Islands Resort was transformed into the venue for the Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC)’s Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) graduation ceremony.
APTC is a development program funded by the Australian Government. APTC has campuses in five countries across the Pacific region – Fiji, Samoa, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. APTC is a centre of training excellence, supporting individuals to gain qualifications for a wide range of vocational careers.
At Friday’s graduation ceremony, distinguished guests, families and friends of APTC’s 11 RMI graduates (from RMI and Tuvalu) came together to celebrate their achievements and the successful completion of their studies in one of the following programs – Automotive, Carpentry, Diesel Fitting, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning, Youth Work and Community Services Work.
Graduates attained qualifications from Certificate III to Diploma level after successfully completing requirements for their programs at APTC campuses in Fiji, Samoa and Vanuatu.
Honourable Dr Hilda Heine, RMI’s Minister for Education delivered comments as keynote speaker and joined up to 70 attendees at the ceremony, hosted by APTC’s CEO, Ms Denise O’Brien.
Highlights of the RMI graduation ceremony include the following:
- 3 female graduates out of the total 11 graduates
- One of the graduates in the Diploma of Community Services Work is Mr Paul Alee, who is the Manager for the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (SAPT) Program in the Marshall Islands. This program seeks to make a difference in the community by providing services for alcohol, drug rehabilitation and treatment as well as substance abuse prevention activities.
APTC delivers training in Australian qualifications accredited under the Australian Qualifications Framework which is recognised locally, regionally and internationally.