|Engineers finding success with Fortis|
|Thursday, 14 July 2011 09:38|
Finding a job in today’s market could be considered challenging, but not for two local engineers who recently returned home after earning their degrees.
Daylon Joseph and Alvejes Desir, recipients of Fortis TCI’s Engineering Scholarship Programme, are back in the Turks and Caicos Islands and excited about the opportunities Fortis has offered them to jump into an engineering career right.
Daylon and Alvejes are back on Providenciales after completing their bachelor’s degrees in Electrical Engineering at the Florida Atlantic University (FAU) and University of West Florida, respectively.
Recognizing the need for further education and support in the engineering field, Fortis TCI launched a scholarship programme in 2008 aimed at helping further the education of individuals within the local communities.
“I am proud of my accomplishments at FAU and am extremely thankful and grateful that Fortis TCI gave me this opportunity,” Joseph said. “The scholarship programme is next to none, and the support from the scholarship coordinators at Fortis TCI was the best.”
This is the second scholarship extended to Joseph by Fortis TCI. He was first offered a scholarship in 2005 to obtain his associate’s degree in Electrical Engineering at Broward Community College. Joseph, who first started with Fortis TCI in 1997 as a metre reader, is now an electrical engineer with the company.
During his four years at West Florida, Desir was involved in the Student Council and also became part of a fraternity as well as being a member of other associations.
“Overall the scholarship programme went well,” Desir said. “The experiences I gained at the University of West Florida while pursuing my bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering Technology have prepared me to be more efficient and effective in my career. Now that I have completed my degree, I look forward to learning from the other engineers at Fortis TCI and expanding on my knowledge.”
Fortis TCI’s Human Resources Director Judith Missick’s department was the driving force behind the programme.
“Staff development at Fortis TCI is critical to the organisation, and we encourage other staff members and the wider community to take advantage of this great opportunity to further their education,” Missick said. “Mentors Devon Cox and Michael Polonio have provided the recipients with needed guidance and advice along their journey, and this level of involvement will be extended once again to our new recipients.
“University life can be very challenging, and we commend Daylon and Alvejes for staying focused to the very end; they have indeed made Fortis TCI very proud!”
Both engineers along with third recipient Teandra Thomas, who has three more years to go before completing her programme, thanked the Fortis TCI team, in particular their mentors, and also gave interested candidates some advice. They all agreed that persons looking to apply for the scholarship should be willing to challenge themselves and take every opportunity given while making the most of university life. They also stressed the importance of ensuring that whatever career the candidates choose should be a career they have a passion for.
Application forms for the next Fortis TCI Engineering Scholarship Programme are now available at the company’s Leeward Highway location or can be downloaded from its website at www.fortistci.com.
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