Daylon Joseph and Alvejes Desir, recipients of FortisTCI's Engineering Scholarship Programme, the only engineering scholarship programme in the TCI, recently completed their degrees and returned home to further their careers with the Company.
Daylon and Alvejes are back on Providenciales after completing their Bachelor's degrees in Electrical Engineering at the Florida Atlantic University (FAU) and University of West Florida, respectively.
Equal access to education is a priority for FortisTCI and the Programme which was first launched in 2008 provides candidates throughout all communities with an opportunity to further their education in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering at any accredited educational institution.
Daylon who expressed his gratitude to FortisTCI for providing him with the opportunity to further his education and career said, "I am proud of my accomplishments at FAU and am extremely thankful and grateful that FortisTCI gave me this opportunity. The scholarship programme is next to none and the support from the scholarship coordinators at FortisTCI was the best."
This is the second scholarship extended to Daylon by FortisTCI, after first being offered a scholarship in 2005 to obtain his Associate Degree in Electrical Engineering at Broward Community College. Daylon, who first started with FortisTCI in 1997 as a metre reader is now an Electrical Engineer with the Company.
Scholarship recipient Alvejes is an example of someone who made the most of his time at University. During his four years at West Florida he was involved in the Student Council and also became part of a Fraternity as well as being a member of other associations. Desir, who expressed similar sentiments stated, "Overall the scholarship programme went well. The experiences I gained at the University of West Florida while pursuing my Bachelors in Electrical Engineering Technology have prepared me to be more efficient and effective in my career. Now that I have completed my degree I look forward to learning from the other Engineers at FortisTCI and expanding on my knowledge."
FortisTCI's Human Resources Director, Judith Missick, whose department was the driving force behind the Programme said, "Staff development at FortisTCI is critical to the organisation and we encourage other staff members and the wider community to take advantage of this great opportunity to further their education. Mentors Devon Cox and Michael Polonio have provided the recipients with needed guidance and advice along their journey and this level of involvement will be extended once again to our new recipients. University life can be very challenging and we commend Daylon and Alvejes for staying focused to the very end; they have indeed made FortisTCI very proud!"
Both engineers along with third recipient Teandra Thomas who has three more years to go before completing her programme, thanked the FortisTCI team in particular their mentors and also gave interested candidates some advice. They all agreed that persons looking to apply for the Scholarship should be willing to challenge themselves and take every opportunity given while making the most of university life. They also stressed the importance of ensuring that whatever career the candidates choose should be a career they have a passion for.
Application forms for the next FortisTCI Engineering Scholarship Programme are now available at the Company's Leeward Highway location or can be downloaded from their website at www.fortistci.com