Saturday 8 August, 2020

Institute of Technology aiming to be technological pioneers

Principal of the Samuel Jackman Prescod Institute of Technology, Ian Drakes.

Principal of the Samuel Jackman Prescod Institute of Technology, Ian Drakes.

The Samuel Jackman Prescod Institute of Technology (SJPI) is seeking to chart a new path in the local technological industry. 

SJPI principal, Ian Drakes, was speaking last week at the graduation ceremony of the Electronic Vehicle (EV) Maintenance Fundamental Programme when he expressed that the educational institution ought to disrupt technology in "a positive way”. Disruptive technology refers to innovations that significantly changes the traditional way in which business is done. 

"Last year as I stood at each podium I spoke about modernising and transforming. This year we continue to disrupt technology in a positive way. We call it disruptive technology,” remarked the SJPI principal. 

“Electrics is part of the landscape for the new norm and we have adjusted. And we will continue to adjust as we move these technologies in the region and internationally and these are part of the visions and foresight that we have seen at SJPI,” he added.


During the presentation, Drakes reiterated SJPI’s commitment to offering training in new technologies and declared that its future was optimistic. Describing the EV Fundamentals course as a part of the “positive disruption”, Drakes said that the SJPI is open to offering training throughout the region and internationally.

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"We as educators are led by these technologies, we are driven by these, these are what keep our doors open. That’s why even under these trying times, I can stand (and say) without any fear of conviction that these are exciting times at the SJPI.” Principal Drakes said.

Samuel Jackman Prescod Intstitute of Technology EV Maintenance Demo

Twelve graduates received certificates after completing the two-week 30-hour course was hosted by the Transport Board and the Barbados Light and Power.

During COVID-19 at the Institute students also used 3D printing to aid the country in its fight to combat the spread and contain the novel coronavirus. SJPI students made personal protective equipment (PPE) such as face shields.

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