By TANYA LAHIES
THE Lae Technical College has held its 55th and last graduation before the name change to the National Polytechnic Institute.
A total of 359 students from the college graduated with diplomas and certificates.
Chairman of governing council Kila Vuivagi farewelled the graduates from Lae Technical College and welcomed them to the new institution.
“It is the last time to be under the umbrella of Lae Technical College but it’s also the success of this institution to come under the umbrella of National Polytechnic Institute of PNG,” he said.
With the transformation, Mr Vuivagi said the graduates should now take on the challenge to put skills into practice.
“For those who have been in the field, take on the challenge to improve skills and knowledge and go a step higher,” he said.
Acting principal Graham Bidang said with the change of name, it also meant a change in the institution and that would require the increase in staff ceiling next year.
The institution has put plans to ensure that facilities develop to meet the demands of increase in mining activities, he said.