Compiled by Kwesi Alfred Adams
The Prominence Institute of Management and Professional Studies (PRIMPS), a private tertiary institution accredited by the London Institute of Commercial Management (ICM) and operating in Takoradi, has graduated a total of 156 graduates.
The graduates took courses such as Accounting and Finance, Human Resource Management, Legal Studies, Journalism and Media Law amongst others, and were awarded Advance Diploma, Diploma, Graduate Diploma from the certified body, ICM.
Master Samuel Ackon emerged the Overall Best Student among his fellow graduates, by obtaining 6 As and 2 Bs in his field of study.
Speaking at the 6th Graduation and Matriculation ceremony, the Principal of the School, Mr. Kelvin Clement Yeboah, said the school, established some years ago, has made giant strides in the area of professional education, since it remains the only professional education center in the region.
He added that the College was nominated by the National Awards Committee in the category of Aviation Institution of the year. The nomination, according to the Principal, was an indication “of our hard work over the years towards achieving excellence through professionalism.”
Present at the ceremony was the Vice Chancellor of the Takoradi Technical University (TTU), Rev. Professor John Frank Eshun, ICM Ghana Coordinator, Mrs. Getrude Nyarko, and a host of others.
Continuing, Principal Kelvin Yeboah assured the general public that the college would continue to provide affordable education, with professional qualifications to meet the demands of the market.
Touching on the importance of professional education, the PRIMPS Principal said it provided employable skills and special knowledge required for specific professions in the changing demands in the various fields of study, and provides what industries needed.
He added that professional education has provided all over the world’s experts in various fields of work, and these professionals do advance in their careers and move into positions where they lead, manage, influence, coach and mentor others.
As a result of this positive impact, Kelvin Clement Yeboah said there was the need for the world to embrace and continue to make professional education a life-long obligation for current practicing professionals, and generations to come.
Turning his attention to the matriculants, he urged them to strive for integrity and success, “develop a passion for your course. Be humble and allow yourself to be influenced by the positive things you see around you.”
The Vice Chancellor of the TTU, Rev. Prof. John Eshun, pointed out that the theme for the graduation and matriculation was key in every economy, since it reflected all spheres of life.
He said, being a professional in a chosen field was much more than merely acquiring a certificate.
So as professionals, he expected them to display professionalism and ethics in their chosen field. Mrs. Gertrude Nyarko, ICM Coordinator, Ghana, on her part, said considering the role professional education plays, it would be laudable if Ghana considered the content of its educational system from senior high to tertiary level to integrate enough professionalism as part of the curricula content, to be able to achieve the results that would be relatively easier for trainees to gain employment.
“In the light of this, I will recommend the Ministry of Education to highly consider integrating professional education training content into the current senior and tertiary level of educational curricular.”
The ICM Coordinator, however, pointed out that knowledge acquisition was mandatory for persons from primary education to tertiary, and workplace expects more than just knowledge acquired, as it has to be combined with competence or skills.
This is because, workplace thrives more on competence than just knowledge acquisition, and ‘this is what PRIMPS, through ICM, offers its learners and you graduands.”