Five of the 21 graduates of Eleuthera’s first C-LET certification course.

(Eleuthera, Bahamas) – Twenty-one students will graduate on Sunday, September 30, 2012 in Harbour Island in a ceremony to be held at Wesley Methodist Church at 3:00 p.m. The special Eleuthera Cohort featured four courses at certificate level:

Church Leadership; Youth Ministry; Community Coaching and Mentoring; Community Development and Transformation Classes began in October 2011. Students attended classes in The Bluff, Tarpum Bay, Rock Sound, Harbour Island and two weekends in Palmetto Point. The C-LET Certification Courses offer specialized training for persons involved as leaders in their local churches and communities. Students in the Church Leadership Programme can specialize in Leadership Studies, Youth Ministry or Preaching.

The first Certification Course was offered in Nassau in October 2010. Twenty-three students from the first Cohort graduated on November 19, 2011.

This graduating class represents the first Cohort offered in Eleuthera. For the first time, C-LET offered two new courses in association with the Peace and Justice Institute’s programme in Alternative Sentencing for first-time offenders and juveniles in trouble.

These courses in Community Coaching & Mentoring and Community Development & Transformation offered specific training in the 7 Habits for Highly Effective Teens, Conflict Transformation, Anger Management and Coaching and Mentoring skills. Graduates from these courses will work with the Alternative Sentencing Programme to mentor and coach children and teenagers in the settlements of Eleuthera who are in need of help in these areas.

The C-LET teaching faculty offer expertise in diverse fields including ministry, theology, psychology and social services. A required course offered in the programme is “Integrity, Integration and Authenticity”. In this course, students are encouraged to raise the standards of service and ministry in order to bring about a more just and ethical society.

The Graduation Ceremony is expected to draw hundreds of people from all settlements in Eleuthera. Students come from all settlements and all denominations. The Graduation Address will be given by Miss Andrea U. Gibson, Principal of Queen’s College and Head of the Leadership Department with The Centre for Leadership, Education and Training.

The President of the Bahamas Conference of the Methodist Church, (BCMC) and Chair of the C-LET Board of Directors, Rev. Christopher H. Neely, will present the certificates along with the Dean of C-LET, Dr. Reginald W. Eldon. A new Certification Cohort will be offered in Nassau beginning on the weekend of October 26, 2012. The course involves six weekends of intense training and practical work in the Nassau community.