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Optimistic outlook: Duranda Greene, president of Bermuda College

Technical education is flourishing at the Bermuda College, according to its president, Duranda Greene.

“There is a myth out there that since the Bermuda Technical Institute closed its doors, there is no technical education going on in Bermuda,” Dr Greene told Hamilton Rotary Club.

Dual enrolment for students pursuing a technical education took on a further 24 when classes resumed two weeks ago.

The college has taken on an ambitious range of new technical programmes, Dr Greene added — some with “real employment potential”, and including a host of partnerships with businesses and overseas colleges.

Locals are being trained for the Morgan’s Point development, as well as in teaching, nursing and the developing gaming industry, while the college is keenly expanding its examination testing capacities.

The college’s dual enrolment initiative for public high school students also has at least seven poised to graduate in may with their Associate’s Degrees.

Dr Green, who marks her tenth anniversary as president in March, extolled the opportunities and overseas partnerships opened by the college’s approval with the New England Association of Schools and Colleges last November, and good until 2025.

As partnerships abroad develop, the college uses its links to host conferences, such as next month’s fifth annual Colloquium on Blacks Males in Education.

Despite a 22 per cent drop in its government grant since 2010, the college has adapted to do “more with less”, Dr Greene said — although alternative funding is being sought through the Bermuda College Foundation.

“Undoubtedly, it has not been without its challenges — but the good times have definitely outweighed the bad times.”

Technical programmes: Bermuda College