14 PPL Staff graduate from DWU
Photo: PPL staff graduate in style
Graduating from a major tertiary institution only happens once in a lifetime or not at all for some.
Even having a Masters or a double degree is merely just a dream for others.
But for fourteen PNG Power staff, that is exactly what was running through their minds when they graduated from Divine Word University on March 19, 2012.
They all completed their respective programs through the Faculty of Flexible Learning.
Among them was Manager Engineering Design, Gerard Fae who graduated with a Masters of Business Administration and Manager Infrastructure Planning and Scheduling, Alphonse Maur and another staff, Leo Savingu, who both passed out with the Bachelor of Management.
The other ten all graduated with Diplomas in Management and Human Resource Management.
Travel Services Coordinator Stella Rihatta said her HRM Diploma was rewarding as anything and thanked PNG Power for assisting her with the training.
“I would like to thank the company for sponsoring our training and for the support it gave throughout the course of study. Thanks also to our respective Managers and General Managers for their recommendations and approval,” a happy Mrs Rihatta said.
She also thanked the hard working staff in Organisational Training and Development for the tireless efforts put into ensuring all travel arrangements and tuition fees were made.
Although it was challenging to work and study, most said it all paid out in the end when they received their respective papers.
To some, it was a milestone achievement in life. It encouraged them to go another mile.
Herman Kagl from PPL Kundiawa says that the saying “If there is a Will, there is a Way” is true because he managed to complete his program despite numerous hurdles of being a self-sponsored student.
He said the knowledge he gained from the studies has assisted him well in his profession since 2010, thus improving his performance.
“I thank the almighty God for being my constant provider in times of needs and struggles and to my wife for being very supportive together with my superiors at PPL for the continuous support and encouragement,” he said.
Nicholas Namba, added that for employees like him, they did not have such papers before entering employment with PPL.
Previously, he had limited knowledge and skills in management and with the study opportunity, he is now able to link the theory part of management into our practical knowledge and skills.
Nicholas added that this has added value to his knowledge of understanding and skills to perform better at the work place. He is already looking forward to commencing his Bachelor in Management.