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Monday, November 25, 2009 – The graduation ceremony which was held at the Sandals Grande was held under the theme “Strengthened through Standards to Meet Global Challenges.”

Special awards and certificates were presented to the grandaunts that completed studies in various areas including bartending, hairdressing and electrical installation.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education and Culture Dr Rufina Frederick says ever since being established in 2001, the National Skills Development Centre has provided and invaluable opportunity to many Saint Lucians to receive training in various Technical and Vocational areas.

Dr Frederick also noted that the NSDC has also served as a solution to the unemployment situation here in Saint Lucia as a replacement to the previous youth skills training programme.

In delivering the feature address, Talk Show Host and News Paper Publisher Rick Wayne impressed upon the graduating the importance of perseverance and dedication in their pursuit for excellence. “Regardless of your current circumstances if you really want it success can and will be yours trust me. You have one hundred more opportunities today than were available in my youth, it does not matter where you are right now or if you don’t have the required qualification or skills, whatever you need at your age right now you can get it – the first thing you need to develop is a roaring appetite for success, you have to be so hungry for success that nothing else matters.”

The ninth graduation ceremony of the National Skills Development Centre (NSDC) was held under the distinguish patronage of Governor General Her Excellency Dame Pearlette Louisy.

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