Six students of the Dominica State College have successfully completed a six week internship with the Ministry of Blue and Green Economy, Agriculture, and National Food Security.
The six students, K’rah Matthew, Ryan Seaman, Dezra Clarke, Jerniah Coipel, Fiona Talbert and Lana Jacque received their certificates at a closing ceremony held on Friday, September 18 2020.
The students received their certificates from Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Blue and Green Economy, Agriculture, and National Food Security, Dr. Reginald Thomas.
The students were assigned to different units under the ministry including agri-business with DEXIA and IICA, the extension unit, and the veterinary unit among others.
Dean at the Dominica State College, Mr. Rawle Leslie says the successful interns should consider themselves fortunate for this opportunity.
“The Division of Agriculture made the request for you all and we took the opportunity to at least have you all here. You were recommended by your teachers and I consider you as the fortunate six because you are the only set of students from our faculty, the Faculty of Applied Arts and Technology, on internship, so you should consider yourselves fortunate,” Rawle Leslie stated.
Mr. Leslie says he is confident that the students have been better exposed to the different aspects of agriculture.
“I am confident with the diversity of Agricultural fields that exist within the Division OF Agriculture. I am sure that you are better exposed to the various aspects of Agriculture, and by now at least you could have your career paths in Agriculture, so you have an advantage,” The DSC Dean noted.
Meanwhile, Veterinary Officer, Dr. Lennox St. Aimee says he hopes that this internship gave the students a better understanding of agriculture.
“It is my hope that these six weeks gave you interns a greater appreciation for Agriculture and I hope that you have understood the importance of Agriculture for our livelihoods. I hope also that you would have used this opportunity to learn all you could about practical agriculture, and I hope it helped you develop your own professional working skills and provided and opportunity for hands on experience,” Dr. St. Aimee explained.
Technical Officer in the Extension Division, Mr. Felix Leslie congratulated the interns on the completion of the internship.
“This to us is a special programme and having viewed the presentations of the interns, I do not only see students but I see young and upcoming Agricultural scientists to be fitted in the appropriate positions within the Agricultural sector. Let me congratulate on your presentations and for the work you have done during the six week internship,” Mr. Felix Leslie stated.
Mr. Leslie says the internship will help the Ministry to recognize the interns as future employees.
“The certificate that you have received is proof that the Ministry of Agriculture, in its way forward and its development plan for the Ministry, it has already began to recognize you by certifying you,” Leslie added.