Twenty new aircraft maintenance technicians who yesterday graduated from the Art Williams and Harry Wendt Aeronautical Engineering School (AWHWAES) were exhorted to stay and serve their country.
Delivering the feature address at the 16th Graduation and Prize Giving Ceremony at the Wings Aviation Limited Hangar, Ogle Aerodrome, Ogle, Prime Minister Sam Hinds, however said that if this was not possible then they should remember that they are Guyana’s ambassadors wherever they go.
Hinds, who was performing the functions of President, said the progress seen today represents Guyana’s identity. He reflected on when the school had started with so little at that time and on the amount of coverage done to date.
Chairman of AWHWAES Captain Ronald Reece said the school has a rich history of producing quality work and competence to the aeronautic engineering sector not only in Guyana but around the world. Reece said AWHWAES graduates are functioning in places as far as the Middle East, Australia, Canada, the United States of America and closer to home in the Caribbean.
He noted that aviation is very important, especially in the fields of tourism, mining, forestry, among many other areas.
Mirza Wahid, this year’s best graduating student with six distinctions, in a short speech, thanked all his tutors and everyone who supported him throughout his journey
Among those in attendance were Leader of the Alliance for Change (AFC) Khemraj Ramjattan and Executive Manager of AWHWAES Nalini Chanderban.
Among the 20 graduates were Dillon Mahadeo who received the ‘Best Year 2015 Student’ prize, Colin Abbott, Javed Khan, Adolph Adams, Wayne Narine, Daymian Deonarine, Devon Bess, Kenesha Bacchus, Keegan Salaru, Kevin Brassington, Michael Singh, Lennox Francis, Mario Laviscount, Levalall Motilall, Louis Oudkerk, Satyanand Birbahadur, Louis Oudkerk and Stephen Boodhoo.
The Art Williams and Harry Wendt Aeronautical Engineering School, named for two Ameri-cans who pioneered in local aviation in the 1930s, opened its doors in 1993.