St Ann’s college was established in the year 2000 as a middle college in Kisii Town. It started offering professional courses there after inception in various field such as community development and computer Studies.
According the St Ann’s College director Mr. Aloise Obaga, he started the institution while he was a student at the university with the aim of providing affordable, quality education closer to students hence saving them from travelling to far away like Nairobi, Mombasa, kisumu, Nakuru in search of education
The student population grew in numbers hence the need to expand the facilities. The college is a household name that has produced the best competent and quality graduates who have excelled at various work places
The college has expanded from a single campus to the current eleven Campus Training Centers located strategically at various locations within Gusii region. The canters are in; Ogembo, Marani, Nyacheki, Nyamira, Suneka, Keroka, Nyakoe, Borabu, Nyamache and Kiamokama.
In the year 2007, the college introduced additional courses such as Business courses and Early Childhood Development Education (ECDE). These two courses boosted the student’s intake. These courses to date have the highest intake due to high demand in job markets.
The institution further collaborated with other universities in the year 20011. They collaborated with St. Paul University – Limuru, and Gretsa university – Thika. This was the best initiative the help students who preferred university courses.
Later on in the year 2014, they abandoned the collaborations and concentrated with Kenya National Examination (KNEC) Courses. They started specializing on three major courses: Computer Studies, which includes; introduction to book keeping, advanced excel, QuickBooks, Sage, and Tally. Peachtree and pastel. They also offer Diploma in Information technology, programming machines High level Systems, web programming and computer networking.
Other programs offered at St. Ann’s college include; ECDE, and Secretarial studies. According to the college director Mr. Obaga, these two courses have higher opportunities for graduates upon completion their studies. There are many opportunities in county early childhood centers of learning at county levels. Secretarial courses courses are on high demand because many institutions at county level, Local level are need of people with secretarial training. These work places include, tea factories, saccos, county offices, ward offices, administrative office and school.
The director urged the community to encourage the youth to train on these courses because Information Technology (IT) is essential for everyone. For those who have D- they can enroll for certificate courses and those with C- Can enroll for diploma courses.
The courses are affordable in fees since most of St Ann’s institutions are nearly everywhere within Gusii region. Students actually can operate from their homes hence saving them from hostel accommodations, meals, fares and distance.
“The education standards in the country at large need serious reforms. These reforms will help to lay a strong foundation for future education”, Posed Mr. Obaga. The ministry of education should support middle colleges which are offering quality education and bridging the gap between High School and university.
The university should be reformed to offer exclusive university education, that is; Bachelors, Masters and PHDs. Middle colleges should offer certificates, diploma and higher diplomas. But with the current scenario , many universities are enrolling students for certificates, diplomas and even bridging courses which is contradicting the meaning and sense of university.
BY NYABABU MARIETA