What type of school is Synergy Bahamas?
Synergy Bahamas is a post‐secondary career training and certification institution that provides learning initiatives, training programs and internationally established certification opportunities for students pursuing specific career paths in business, information technology and design technologies.
Why choose a career school instead of a two or four year school?
Career training institutions offers specialized job training with a focus on employable skills development, whereas two‐ and four‐year schools offer a curriculum that includes liberal arts, math, and science in addition to career‐oriented courses. Career schools’ programs are generally short‐term, hands‐on programs that prepare students for entry‐level work in their chosen field. Many career training schools work closely with local employers to ensure their graduates are fundamentally prepared to perform the job responsibilities required for them to be successful and productive in their chosen career fields.
What kinds of programs are offered?
Most of the courses and certification programs offered by Synergy Bahamas typically fall under the following four categories:
- Business: – includes Office Administration, Business Management, Bookkeeping / Accounting, Human Resources and Paralegal studies.
- Information Technology: – includes many of the most sought after IT certification program worldwide from CompTIA, Microsoft, CISCO and others
- Design & Media: – includes Web & Graphics design and Adobe Certified Associate certification preparation
- Culinary Arts: – includes Introduction to Culinary Arts, Intro to Baking, Advance Culinary and Advanced Baking
What kinds of credentials can I earn?
As a result of numerous international partnerships and affiliations, many of the career training programs offered at Synergy Bahamas are designed to prepare our students for many of the top industry and internationally recognized credentials in their various fields. Some of these designations include:
- Certified Business Professional
- Microsoft Office Specialist
- Cisco Certified Network Associate
- Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert
- CompTIA A+ IT Technician
- Quickbooks Certified User
- Adobe Certified Expert
- Project Management Professional
These credentials are often achieved by taking and passing the associated certification exam that is also normally delivered at Synergy Bahamas and invigilated by one of our internationally certified testing administrators. All eligible students also are awarded a Synergy Bahamas completion certificate at the end of their course or program provided they fulfill the class attendance and participation requirements.
How long are the programs offered by Synergy Bahamas?
Every program is different, but in general, our career training programs are designed to be very short term in nature. You could easily complete a certificate program in three to six months and start working in your field right away. The main idea behind career training is that it should be short term programs that concentrate on just the skills and knowledge needed for the anticipated career.
In keeping with our institute’s self-defined mandate to provide Education to Everyone where possible, our admissions requirements and processes are purposefully simple and inclusive in nature. General requirements for admission approval include:
- The applicant must be at least sixteen (16) years of age
- The applicant must be a resident or have proof of legal status in the country
- The applicant must present at least one form of valid government issued identification (e.g. Passport, Driver’s License, NIB Card, Voter’s Card)
- Students applying for financial aid or payment plans must also present a current job letter and two character reference letters.
Can I get financial aid or payment terms?
As a Ministry of Education approved training center, Synergy Bahamas does provide offer scholarship opportunities through the Ministry and independently as well. In the past we have partnered with a number of associations and public figures to offer scholarships or significant tuition discounts including Ortland H. Bodie and the Yellow Elder Association.
We also offer an interest‐free payment option for qualified students that wish to pay for their programs over the period of their course or program delivery.
Will I be able to get help in finding a job upon successful completion of my course or program?
At Synergy Bahamas we
regularly seek and provide job placement assistance for students that
successfully complete their training programs and have demonstrated their
readiness for real world job duties and responsibilities. Recently we have
partnered with a local employment agency that will provide preferential
placement of Synergy graduates for suitable job openings and opportunities.
Additionally, we regularly receive calls from local businesses and organizations seeking recommendations for new hires and job openings that we pass on to our students.
Finally, some of our programs (like the Medical Nursing Assistant diploma program) provide a work experience placement requirement that allows students to gain real world, hands‐on experience in their career of choice that is very valuable when job hunting in the market becomes competitive.
Is Synergy Bahamas recognized by the Ministry of Education or NAECOB?
Yes. All courses offered by Synergy Bahamas and all Instructors employed by our organization are annually scrutinized and approved by the Ministry of Education in the Bahamas (now operating as the NAECOB organization).
Are Synergy’s certifications recognized outside of The Bahamas?
Over 90% of the
courses offered by Synergy Bahamas lead to a valid internationally recognized
credential or certification. For example, most of our technology programs
prepare our students to sit and pass certification exams delivered and
recognized by Microsoft, Cisco, EC‐Council, CompTIA, Adobe, Certiport and many
other major training and certifying bodies the world over.
Many of our business students are similarly trained and prepared for significant world leading credentials offered by the International Business Training Association, the Project Management Institute, the Institute of Paralegals U.K., Intuit, etc.
As an organization, our name is listed and recognized internationally as the training center of choice in the Bahamas for our international partners and affiliates.
What days and times are the classes usually scheduled?
Classes can be and are scheduled during the daytime (Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm), in the evenings (Monday through Thursday, 6pm to 9pm) or on Saturdays between 9am and 5pm. Course schedules change on a semester by semester basis so it would be necessary to obtain an up‐to‐date schedule from one of friendly customer service representatives.