CAY HILL - On Thursday August 20th and Friday August 21st 2015, NIPA hosted its second annual orientation week to start off the new school year. Approximately 76 students, who were accepted to a program at NIPA, attended the 2 day orientation week.
The programs of which students were accepted were Maritime, Social Pedagogical Worker, ICT, Hospitality and Cook. Selected guest speakers, were invited to share their insights on a variety of subjects to get students ready for a successful school year.
The speakers that were present and topics covered were: Ife Badejo (Entrepreneur and networking consultant) on the topic: Networking your way to success, Patricia Evers (life Coach)
Topic: Appearance Grooming and Hygiene, Kimberly Meyers (Etiquette Consultant)
Topic: School and Classroom Etiquette Workshop, Maggie Van Hemmen (Entrepreneur)
Topic: Starting your own business, reaching your goal, Ramona Riley-Juan Pedro
TOPIC: Succeeding no matter where you start, Brenda Maynard (Section Head of Administration and Facility Services at the Parliament of Sint Maarten) Topic: Time Management and Lenworth Wilson Jr. (Entrepreneur) Topic: Building your self-confidence, Believing in you.
Students also got the opportunity to go through the student handbook outlining what students can expect, and they all received a copy of their Education and Examination Regulation (EER), which gives students an indication of the knowledge and skills they should attain, by the end of their studies.
Students also received a talk from Andrea Gibson Paul who is the Job coach coordinator at NIPA, pertaining to the student’s job training expectations. The week was organized and supervised by Shameda Delaney Weekes, who is the marketing person at NIPA. Feedback received from students from an anonymous survey, pertaining to the two days, was extremely positive.
On a scale from one (1) to ten (10) 1 being the lowest and 10 being the highest, 75% of the group gave a score of 8-10. Comments that frequently came forward as to why students chose those scores were: “I learned a lot”, “I was very motivated/ inspired”, “The week was well organized” and “It was a very good orientation”. Most frequent comments pertaining to what students enjoyed the most were: “The speakers”, “Everything”, “The information” and the Motivation/inspiration.