Solomon K. Manjoe’s Testament of UDS

Solomon K. Manjoe’s Testament of UDS

Solomon Manjoe

In part 3 of Rita Apaloo’s article about her visit to UDS, she mentioned how another student, Gabriel Zargo, found jobs for two hotel management students. Solomon K. Manjoe is one of those students. 

Solomon is 24 years old and graduated on April 13, 2019, with Diplomas in Computers and Hotel Management. He was hired as a non-contracted employee about a week before he graduated. I interviewed him on Messenger on July 12 to see how work was going for the first 90 days.

Heather: Are you ready to share how your job is going?

Solomon: I am getting very interested and comfortable with my job. The beginning was very hard because I never had much experience, but now am serving as a night auditor.

Heather: Are they paying you?

Solomon on Graduation Day

Solomon: Yes. They are paying me but am not really happy with what they are giving me. However, to be real I am getting a lot of experience. 

Heather: Did your courses at UDS help with learning this job?

Solomon: Yes, everything I am doing at work is what I got from my study at UDS.

HeatherWhat are your future hopes in this career?

Solomon: My future hope is to become a manager of one of the best hotels in our Liberia.

Heather: What was your educational background before UDS?

Solomon: I’m a high school graduate. I went to college for two semesters for a computer programming degree and drop out because I couldn’t afford it. 

Heather: Has UDS prepared you to meet your future goals?

Solomon: So true, I strongly believe that we from UDS are very qualified and we can do better from what I experienced. 

Solomon in his uniform

Solomon works a foreign-owned guest house about 10 minutes from our center. Although they have not offered him a permanent employment contract, he is able to support his family for now. 

Thank you for giving Solomon the chance to learn two trades in our center and start his career in hotel management!

Congrats to our Graduating Class of 2018!

Congrats to our Graduating Class of 2018!

Your amazing and generous heart paved the way for 75 young men and women to graduate on March 24th, 2018. These dedicated students showed up each day to learn valuable skills and applied this knowledge in the classroom and on field assignments. You and our students were co-investors in this life-changing experience. You, as their valued Classroom Hero and Star Supporter, helped them cross the finish line by supplying much-needed learning materials and supplies. You are the reason for the successful completion of their desired course. You are celebrated and appreciated by each and every student. Thank you for making this important milestone possible in their lives!!!

Our students started their celebration on Thursday, March 22nd, 2018, by holding their class night at our center. This night was where they could be together one last time as a class. It was also during this evening where they received their medals.

Photo (left): Kelvin Fomba giving students their medals. Photo (right): Kelvin Fomba with two Auto Mechanic students, Winner Flomo (left) and Yasah Pewee (right).

Your students proudly wearing their medals.

The commencement ceremony started noon (GMT) on Saturday, March 24, 2018. Students and their families gathered in our hall for this momentous occasion. One of our special guests, Mr. Ericson H. York (owner of York Plaza Hotel), presented each student with their diploma. Our center was overflowing with cheers and joy from our graduates and their families.

Cover of diploma folder.

Photo (left): Some of the students’ family and friends. Photo (right): Roseline Sonday, a graduate of cosmetology and youth leader.

Mr. York presenting computer graduate and youth leader Dauda Dassin with his diploma.

Our students in their caps and gowns. Do you notice the young men are all wearing gold bow ties?

You gave our graduates a reason to smile and feel proud! Thank you!

Our heart is filled with joy for what you have accomplished for these ambitious Liberian Youth. Again, we stay Thank You, Thank You, Thank You for your support!!!

New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation

Our team in Liberia have been working double time to prepare the graduation for our 2017 students, and to recruit new students for 2018 term. On Saturday, March 17th, a new student orientation was held for 65 recruits. Our new students will start classes on March 19th, in the following courses:
  1. Catering
  2. Computers
  3. Cosmetology
  4. Electricity
  5. Hotel Management
  6. Plumbing
We will soon be starting our campaign–“Classroom Heroes Today, Community Leaders Tomorrow”–to support our new students with the necessary learning materials and supplies to complete their courses. Your investment as the “Classroom Hero Today” will help our students become Community Leaders tomorrow.
We have recruited over 260 students and will hold additional orientations as more students complete their registration. A few of our graduates have registered for two courses, to add a second trade to their curriculum vitae.