A boot camp to help high school students select career paths, build character and grow entrepreneurial culture opened Monday December 11, 2017 at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. The five-day event organized by the Entrepreneurship, Technology, Leadership and Management (ETLM) Department will see students drawn from different schools also sensitized on the academic programmes offered by JKUAT.
Erick Thogo who has just finished his studies at Mangu High School said he was confident of drawing knowledge and practical skills in the workshop.
“The facilitators have demonstrated competence and great understanding of the issues as we were taken through the programme,” Erick said.
Martin Wakwabubi, a form three student at Lukenya School was optimistic as he started the boot camp, and hoped to develop competencies and personal understanding on career choice.
“The expectation of every high school student is to join a university. I am glad to be in JKUAT to understand what happens here and how to join once I am done with form four,” Martin, who hopes to study either Law or Medicine said.
Melody Githu, a grade II student at the Carnelian High School said she hoped to hone life skills as well as and choke a clear career path at the end of the boot camp.
“My parents learnt of the opportunity, and facilitated me to be part of the boot camp. I am glad I made it here,” she averred.
Similar sentiments of optimism were expressed by Victor Kilyungi who has just cleared form three at Lenana School. For a long time, he has been torn between studying computer science or software engineering at the University.
He hopes to use the opportunity to understand what it takes in career selection in order to make effective choices once he finishes high school.
The boot camp is facilitated by top JKUAT dons led by the seasoned entrepreneurship scholar, Prof. Henry Bwisa.
“There is a strong need for attitudinal change towards wage employment. The participants have been inducted into entrepreneurial self-assessment, and many are now warming up to idea of putting their innate artistic abilities into good use,” Prof. Bwisa said.
At hand to receive the students at JKUAT were ETLM Head of Department, Dr. Susan Wekesa, and Dr. Samuel Muli who represented the Dean, School of Entrepreneurship, Procurement and Management.