Following the widespread criticism that the existing NCE Programme is tunnel versioned, the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NNCE) recently embarked on the restructuring of the nation’s College of Education Programmes to be more focused towards the attainment of Education for All (EFA) and the Millennium development Goals (MDG’s). The restructuring calls for the introduction of new programmes such as: Adult and Non-Formal Education, Special Education, Pre-Primary Education or Early Childhood ad Care Education, Primary Education, Technical Education and others.
Responding to this call, the Provost of Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education, Owerri Dr (Mrs) B.C. Ijioma proposed mounting the following programmes: Adult Education, Special Education, Library Studies Education and Technical Education. She directed the Academic Planning Unit to provide the necessary information that would help her take decisions on the new programmes.
On 28th February, 2012 the Director Academic Planning Unit, (Dr. A.O. Ekwe) submitted a detailed report with suggestions to fine tune the four already named programmes including Technical Education. The newly established Department in the School of Agric and Vocational Studies, offer the following options:
- Automobile Technology
- Building Technology
- Electrical/Electronic Technology
- Metalwork Technology
- Woodwork Technology
He Dr. Ekwe also provided information on physical facilities and students’ graduation requirements for the programme based on the NCCE minimum standards.
The College administration employed the services of six pioneer lecturers on 5th December, 2012 with Engr. CMC Ogwumike JP a Seasoned Industrial Technical Educationist as the Pioneer HOD for the Department under the School of Agric and Vocational Studies with Dr. G.A. Onyemobi as the Dean. She helped in facilitating, supervising and renovating a section of ALL SEASON BUILDING which is now temporarily housing the Department. The Pioneer lecturers also contributed in the identification and estimation of the necessary tools and equipment needed for the takeoff.
On October, 2013 the College employed the services of another expert in Technology and Vocational education, Henry A.O. Ike Ph.D, who joined hands with the pioneer six in designing the Departmental programme and making available all human and material resources for the NCCE approval inspection of the Department.
With the human and material resources in place, the Provost on 4th August, 2014 formally submitted a strong Memo to the Executive Secretary of the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE) at Abuja, requesting for Resources Inspection.
The current Dean of Agric and Vocational Studies Dr. E.P. Ukegbu worked tirelessly to organize both human and material resources for a successful resource inspection Exercise and subsequent approval by NCCE.
- Engr. C.M.C. Ogwumike
- Dr. C.N. Okorieocha
- Mr. A.O. Ibemere
- Engr. U.C. Eronini
- Mr. C.F. Igbudu and
- Mr. F.C. Duru
PIONEER STUDENTS 2014/2015 ACADEMIC SESSION
- Amazu Peter
- Anumba Confidence
- Diala Vivian
- Duru Augustine
- Emegharaible Bethel
- Nwaneri Caroline
- Oguh Daniel
- Okorie Onyebuchi
- Ononogbo Eucharia
- Thompson Itoro
PRESENT LECTURERS AND THEIR AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
S/N Name Area of Specialization
- Henry A.O. Ike Ph.D. (HOD) Metalwork Technology
- Engr. C.M.C. Ogwumike Electrical/Electronic Technology
- A.O. Ibemere Automobile Technology
- C.F. Igbudu Electrical/Electrical Technology
- Engr. U.C. Eronini Metalwork Technology
- Emmanuel C. Nworgu Metalwork Technology
- F.C. Duru Electronics Technology
- Dr. Chris Nwando Building/Woodwork Technology
- Dr. Dennis Duru Building/Woodwork Technology
- C.M. Nwabudike Electrical/Electronic Technology
PRESENT NON-ACADEMIC STAFF AND THEIR AREA OF SPECIALIZATION
S/N Name Area of Specialization
- Mrs. Blessing Iorlanga Secretarial Administration
- Uchenna Chi-Nwankwo Computer Engineering
- Mrs. Christiana Osuagwu Higher Executive Officer
- Mrs. Eunice C. Ezeonye Principal Executive Officer
- Nkechi C. Ihesinulo Clerical Officer
- Jude Ugo Automobile Mechanic
HEADS OF DEPARTMENT
- Engr. C.M.C. Ogwumike JP (Pioneer HOD 2013 – 2015)
- Henry A.O. Ike Ph.D (Present HOD 2015 to Date)
With the grade of academic and non-academic staff, the Department is now fully armed to produce Component Technical teachers and Industrial personnel with the necessary occupational skills for self-employment and job creation.
FUTURE PROSPECTS OF THE DEPARTMENT
Arrangement is on top gear for the commencement of degree programme by 2016/2017 academic session.
FUTURE PROSPECTS OF STUDENTS FROM THE PROGRAMME
- On graduation, the student teacher are expected to have acquired enough occupational skills for effective implementation of any technical education programme at both junior and senior secondary schools.
- Alternative/employees of industries and for self-employment/job creation.
- Also, the student teachers are well groomed for higher studies in the Universities.