A total of forty-nine (49) laboratory attendants/technicians from different units within Makerere University have completed a three-week training conducted by the Center for Innovations and Professional Skills Development (CiPSD), College of Computing and Information Sciences. The free training was aimed at equipping the participants with new practical skills in Computer Hardware/ Software Repair and maintenance. It run from Monday 10th to Friday 28th September 2012.
According to Drake Mirembe, the head of the CiPSD, this training is part of the CenterÃ¢‚¬„¢s community outreach programmes to the University staff with the goal of fostering good computer laboratory environments for University students and staff. This is aimed at enhancing the teaching and learning process of practical courses in labs of our respective University Units. Ã¢‚¬Å“In the past, our outreach programmes have focused on communities outside Makerere, but we also want to grow our own community and equip them with the latest skills,Ã¢‚¬ Drake added.
The Principal, Prof. Ikoja Odongo urged the participants to use the skills gained to improve service delivery in their units. He reechoed the CollegeÃ¢‚¬„¢s commitment to spearheading the adoption of innovative ICT skills within the different University units.
The participants hailed CoCIS for this goodwill gesture that has enabled them update their proficiency and called for more such trainings. For Oliver Nansikombi, who has worked in a lab for the last 25 years with only basic knowledge of the computerÃ¢‚¬„¢s components, this training has revealed the great potential she has to streamline the activities within her work station. For CoVABÃ¢‚¬„¢s David Amandwa, the training will enable him conduct routine maintenance and repairs on the computers in the lab.
The best trainees, Mujunante Wensi from CEES and Jennifer Bossa were offered scholarships to undertake six-month CISCO training at the College.