Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Society of Engineering Students (SES) held their inaugural annual outreach engineering mentorship forum for high school students, Friday, January 20, 2017. The forum themed ‘After the As, After the Struggle to Pass, What Next?’ attracted over 70 KCSE Candidates from St. Francis Girls Mangu and Apostolic Carmel Girls.
The forum is designed to provide the students with that first vital guidance on what it takes to navigate through an engineering course and lay the foundation for a successful engineering career.
Principal, College of Engineering and Technology, Prof. Bernard Ikua, said the forum was a student driven initiative intended to encourage high academic achievement and introduce students to career opportunities in a wide variety of engineering related fields.
Prof. Ikua, who is also the SES Patron, encouraged the students with a desire for engineering to keenly take interest in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and languages.
The Chair of the SES outreach Committee, Brenda Nyamingita, a 3rd year Telecommunication and Information Engineering student said that the outreach forum will go a long way in persuading the O-Level students to pick up engineering programmes when they join University.
“Although traditional mentorship, where a mentor is seen as an adult who is already established in their field, has its own value, it is a high time we picked up peer-to-peer mentorship to guide each other,” attested Brenda.
She said the event gave the high school students an opportunity to observe from the engineering students’ perspective the sturdiness of engineering courses in the university.
Fiona Muya, a form four student from Apostolic Carmel Girls said she was grateful for the opportunity to interact with engineering students.
“I am really thankful for the information the student mentors have accorded us and I am now encouraged to pursue my passion in an engineering career,” said Fiona.