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Posted: Thursday, September 14, 2023. 1:32 pm CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: Today, STEM U Foundation, in collaboration with St. Ignatius High School (SIHS) officially launched its premier Welding & NDT (Non-Destructive Testing) vocational program in Belize.

Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Technology, Dr. Louis Zabaneh applauded St. Ignatius High School for the introduction of this innovative program.

Dr. Zabaneh also extended gratitude to founder of the NDE Institute, Jarrus Mitchell who has partnered with Saint Ignatius High School to establish this program.

Mitchell will share his expertise with students in Belize by bringing welding and NDT to the curriculum.

“We’re bringing some of the latest technology with regard to welding machines as well as NDT inspection. We will be covering ultrasonic inspection, radiography, magnetic particle testing and eddy current,” Mitchell explained.

Acting Vice Principal, Diana Gentle expressed enthusiasm for the introduction of the new program.

“I am honored to be a part of this new initiative that St. Ignatius has partnered with NDE Institute to bring welding and NDT to our curriculum. It is more appropriate today than ever because of the CBE implementation in our education system. CBE has to do with where students will collaborate and communicate. Everybody is involved in learning and what better program to bring than welding and NDT which is a hand-on program,” Gentle said.

The Minister of State also addressed the first cohort of students and motivated them to continue to strive for greatness and to prepare their vision for the future.

“This is part of your responsibility and we are confident that you will do great things with these cutting edge technology that we need for Belize.

The Ministry of Education continues to endevour for focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) education.


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