The Canadian College of Modern Technology is a new tertiary institution to take notice of
When in 2008 a patriotic young Sierra Leonean resident of Winnipeg Canada with a great passion for the educational development of his country took the initiative to start a tertiary educational institution in the Northern heartland of Mile 91 in Upper Yoni Chiefdom of Tonkolili district, some skeptics doubted how such a youngman can single-handedly embark on such a program without joint support. But the skeptics have been proved wrong for indeed Muckson Sesays’s dream of starting a College of modern technology in Sierra Leone has come true. But who is this Ahmed Muckson Sesay? (Photo: Muckson Sesay)
Born 38 years ago in the highway town of Mile 91, Ahmed Muckson Sesay did his primary schooling in the local primary school, and then entered the Bishop Comforti Agricultural Secondary school of the same town. On passing his West African School Certificate school exams with a Division 1, this young man obtained a scholarship to study Computer Engineering at the Trackya University in Turkey which course he successfully completed magna cum laude in 2005. The same year Muckson Sesay through the Canadian resettlement program applied for and was successfully resettled in Canada. In 2006, he arrived in Canada and took up residence in Canada’s Central city of Winnipeg in the province of Manitoba.
Muckson Sesay is an ambitious young man with a big dream for his country and especially the education of his people in rural Sierra Leone in the acquisition of computer skills. He realized that in this computer age, every student especially those in rural areas need to be computer savvy, acquire those basic software and hardware computer skills in readiness for the job market, without which in today’s Sierra Leone employment is difficult to come by; and as a son of the soil, Muckson Sesay believes he can take the first step to make a difference to his people and others from those areas of the country will emulate his example and ultimately bring the desired educational development so badly needed in rural areas. For this he believes the only way forward to realize his ambition to help was to choose a rural location for his new College since most rural folks cannot travel to urban centres to acquire the much needed computer skills for today’s work place needs. The location of the College in a rural area has solved the accommodation challenges the students would have faced in urban areas.
The Institution which was to become ‘The Canadian College of Modern Technology, started operation under the patent name of “Ishaak Muckson Innovative Technology Training Centre, (IMITTC)” and was nationally recognized for its efforts in providing youths with basic hardware and software training on A+, Network + and Microsoft programs such as word, Access, PowerPoint etc. From 2006 to 2012, a total of 438 students have graduated from the College’s IT certificate programs, of which 53% are currently employed in various IT related fields in the country. Through its affiliate program, the Institution provides hardware, software and staff training for educational institutions across the country. In February 2014 the institution’s name was changed to Canadian College of Modern Technology (CCMT) with the aim of offering skilled-focused post -secondary educational program in Sierra Leone. The Canadian College of Modern Technology and its predecessor, the IMITTC is an independent institution with no government funding.
Seven institutions are currently under the College’s affiliate program and include:
- Government Technical Institute at Magburaka,
- College of Management and Administration (COMA) Makeni Northern Region,
- College of Travelling and Tourism Lungi,
- Vine Memorial Secondary school for Girls in Freetown,
- Ansarul Islamic Secondary school in Freetown,
- Wesleyan Secondary school in Freetown, and
- Africa Graduate University, in Sierra Leone.
Ahmed Muckson Sesay is currently a full time student at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada where he is studying additional IT courses to be better equipped for his new College at home in Mile 91 for the huge task ahead. He needs a total of three semesters to complete his degree course. He shuttles back and forth between Winnipeg and Sierra Leone to supervise the running of the College.
Ahmed Muckson Sesay is married to a very supportive young lady with two young kids.
Anthony Kamara, Snr.
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