Challenges drive Deborah

Youth & Careers
Deborah Nelson

By BERRY DINGHAN
DEBORAH Nelson was the only female graduate with a Bachelor in Motor Vehicle Technology from the Don Bosco Technological Institute (DBTI) in Port Moresby last Friday.
The 23-year-old from Western Highlands was the only female student in her class of 17, who graduated from the four-year bachelor’s programme.
Nelson said she was interested in cars and wanted to challenge herself and prove that women could also be mechanics and work in the industry.
“Being the only female in the class I experienced challenges but that did not stopped me from going forward,” she said.
“If you are resilient and show that you can also do the job like the men, you will earn respect and become better.”
Nelson said her self-belief and commitment was key to seeing her complete the four-year programme.
DBTI president Fr Alexander Garces said a total of 150 students graduated from various fields with 70 attaining Bachelor of Education degrees in their technical fields while 80 received diplomas.
“The bachelor degree holders are primarily technical teachers but they also have academic minors that they can teach at technical and secondary schools,” he said.
“The diploma graduates are also job ready since completing both theory and practicals they can go straight to industry to be employed.”
Fr Garces encouraged the graduates to strive for excellence and have a passion for learning and to work to improve and build on their skills and knowledge.

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