More than 120 senior high school leavers have been trained in basic computer skills and coding at a free I.T. programme at Wisconsin International University College, Ghana.
The programme, organised at the institution’s Main Campus in North Legon, Accra, drew SHS leavers from across the country (and some JHS students), some of whom had never used a computer before or have had very limited exposure to a computer.
The free I.T. programme was offered over a period of one month as part of the institution’s corporate social responsibility (CSR). The students were trained on how to use the Microsoft Office Suite, Website Design and Development, Coding as well as Internet Surfing and Email Management.
The training culminated with a graduation ceremony on Saturday, 4th August, 2018, where participants were presented with certificates of participation by Wisconsin’s Dean of the School of Computing and Technology, Dr. George Ofori-Dwumfuo.
Commending students on their initiative and commitment in attending the programme, Dr Ofori-Dwumfuo said: “I.T. is a critical area that cuts across all aspects of life and is used in all fields of endeavour. I would encourage students, from an early stage, to equip themselves with the tools that will make them relevant in the 21st century – and I.T. skills is one of these.”
In attendance at the ceremony were the Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Jacob Fynn; Mr. Mamadou Diedhou, Dean of Wisconsin Business School; Dr. George Akorfu, Head of Department of Business Computing; Dr. Kwasi Addai Mensah , Head of Department General Business; Mr. Joel Idun-Acquah, Deputy Registrar (Academic); and Mrs. Victoria Chimbwanda, Director of Public Affairs & Marketing as well as parents and guardians.
Following the ceremony, participants received free one-on-one advice on career and degree programme choices from faculty drawn from various departments, as part of an Open Day.
Wisconsin International University College, Ghana has organised the free I.T. training sessions four times over the past six years, with the numbers growing each year. The programme is held during the university’s long vacation, which runs from June to August.
I.T. is one of the undergraduate degree programmes offered at Wisconsin. The University also offers Law, Nursing, Economics, Communication Studies (with options in Journalism, Public Relations, and Advertising), Development & Environmental Studies, Economics and Business Studies (with options in General Business, Accounting, Banking & Finance, Marketing, and Human Resource Management).
Postgraduate programmes include MBA (with options in Accounting, Finance, HR Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing and Project Management), MSc Environmental Sustainability and Management, MA Adult Education and Strategic Management & Leadership offered by Pearson, UK.
Short courses are also available in Paralegal Studies, Security Management, Forensics & Investigative Psychology, Cybercrime and Computer Forensics, Advanced Investigations, Fingerprint and Biometric Science and Executive Leadership and Strategy Execution.
Wisconsin International University College, Ghana was established in 2000 and was thus one of the first private tertiary institutions to be established in Ghana.
Wisconsin is affiliated to the University of Cape Coast, University of Ghana, University for Development Studies and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). It is accredited by the National Accreditation Board and the Nursing and Midwifery Council (for the BSc Nursing, BSc Midwifery and BSc Community Health Nursing programmes) and approved by the General Legal Council (for the Bachelor of Laws programme).