Making a world of difference in education - Thandulwazi graduate’s internship at St Stithians College
In 2017, we reported on Tumelo Gift Lebea who had written to Thandulwazi to thank the academy for the opportunities provided to him at the Thandulwazi Saturday School, which he attended in 2013 and 2014. Tumelo, hailed from Rhodesfield Technical High School, and achieved a Diploma pass in his NSC final examinations in December 2014.
Tumelo is currently completing an Operations Management Diploma at the University of Johannesburg and is in his final year of study. He is on track to graduate cum laude and has been invited to attend the Dean’s Honours Awards again this year.
As part of his final year, Tumelo is required to complete 120 hours of experiential learning. On 14 May 2018, Tumelo wrote to the Deputy Head of Advancement, Bev Johnson:
“This year I am doing my final year in Operations Management and I am well on course to graduating with 'cum laude' next year, but it seems as if I am going to suffer a bit of set back - I won't be able to graduate as I am required to complete a minimum of 120 hours of experiential learning. I have been sending out applications since the beginning of the year to no avail. I only received a few replies which were all unsuccessful. So that's why I'm appealing to you for assistance, all the help you can offer is much appreciated.”
Thanks to the kind assistance of Mrs Rene Swart, Head of Operations at St Stithians College, and the Ops Team, Tumelo has been given the opportunity to complete his work experience in the St Stithians Operations Departments over the next three months. He is working his way around the various departments within Ops at the moment and is thoroughly enjoying the experience of being back at St Stithians and gaining practical experience for his studies. Next year he hopes to continue his studies by adding a BTech Operations to his list of credentials.
Now that is making a world of difference!