Over 150 students and staff drawn from the College of Engineering and Technology Friday July 3, converged for a career day organized by the General Electric (GE). Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and GE signed an agreement in May 2014, a move that allowed the students to access internship training, mentorship sessions and leadership programmes at the global technology giant.
Speaking during the event, GE Director, Distributed power for Sub-Saharan Africa, George Njenga said that the internship programme has been very robust and hopes that the programme will be able to bridge the gap between the class knowledge and the industry requirements.
“GE believes in empowering and inspiring young talents in the field of engineering and I must say I have had a great experience with the JKUAT students who have interned with us,” said George, adding that GE has 2 interns and 7 graduate engineering trainees from JKUAT who are doing exceptionally well.
He further said that GE is open to more collaboration with the university especially in the field of health and reiterated company’s commitment for continuous engagement with JKUAT students.
In her welcome note read by the Director of Research, Dr. Patrick Mbindyo, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research, Production and Extension), Prof Esther Kahangi, thanked GE for organizing the career fair, encouraged the students to make use of the event to learn more about the company and take advantage of available opportunities. Prof. Kahangi also told GE officials that JKUAT had a great pool of talent that they can tap from.
The gathering of engineering students was also addressed by 10 JKUAT alumni who are currently employees of GE. Present during the fair were the Principal, College of Engineering and Technology, Prof. Benard Ikua and Dean of Students, Emma Omulokoli.