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NUU VOCATIONAL TRAINING CENTRE

BACKGROUND HISTORY

Nuu Vocational Training Centre opened its doors in 1981 as a typing and commercial College. That is the year that Nuu was made a parish as it was previously an out-station of Mutito parish. Fr. Joseph Cantwell was the priest in-charge and it deemed good to have sisters working in the parish. The late Bishop Dunne the then Bishop of Kitui Diocese wrote to the Bishop of Kilalloe Diocese in Ireland asking if there were any sisters from his Diocese willing to come and work in Nuu parish Kenya. The Sisters of Mercy agreed and send four sisters – Sr. Patricia O’Meara, Sr. Brenda Naughton, Sr. Anne Considine and Sr. Nuala Galvin.

When the Sisters arrived, Sr. Anne Considine began a Typing and Commercial Training College where Nuu V.T.C stands today. She built one room and bought a few typewriters and the training began with a small number of learners who did an examination at the end of their course. Later she got a few sewing machines and began dressmaking and tailoring classes. There was no boarding facility at that time and therefore the students would live in some rented rooms within the nearby Nuu shopping centre.

In 1984 the school was registered under Social services in Kitui. Sr. Anne Considine who was heading the institution went back to Ireland in 1985 and Sr. Carmel Burke came to replace her. Sr. Carmel worked for two years and in 1987 Sr. Veronica Quigley took over from Sr. Carmel and worked for 10 years. During Sr. Veronica’s time the school grew tremendously resulting to the construction of student’s hostels, addition of more classes, a staff house and a dining hall.

In 1988 Mercy Commercial College was set up in Nguutani and the commercial classes were discontinued in Nuu and the School became a centre for tailoring and dressmaking. Over the years the Centre has broadened its boundaries and more courses are offered such as Knitting, Hairdressing & Beauty Therapy, Basic Cookery, Communication, Computer and Entrepreneurship Skills. The centre has benefitted the local community and it continues to be a centre of vocational excellence.

VISION

To be a model institution of Vocational Education excellence.

MISSION

To offer quality technical and vocational skills to our trainees by providing a conducive environment to gain skills, knowledge, positive attitudes and values for economic, social and moral empowerment.

CORE VALUES

Christ Centered, Honesty, Hard work, Integrity.

The Centre does not only concentrate in vocational skills alone, it also strives to give a holistic approach in its training. Last year in 2016, the Centre held two seminars for the girls and a team building workshop for the teachers. The girls were also engaged in a charity visit to Nuu Special School where they donated a few items and engaged in a friendly match. This greatly helps the girls to appreciate their giftedness and the value of giving back to the community. This year a day seminar for the girls was held as well as benchmarking for teachers and plans are underway for a charity visit to Nuu Special School whereby a school in need of our moral support has been identified.

MANAGEMENT

The Centre is currently run by Sister Agnes Hunter from The Sisters of Mercy who took over from Sr. Teresia Njoroge 2019. She has dutifully carried her responsibility task of inspiring, motivating and supporting the students as well as overseeing all the supporting staffs and administrative work.