MESSAGE FROM PRINCIPAL – MAREN OMONDI
Ramogi Institute of Advanced Technology (RIAT) is a public TVET institution under the Ministry of Education, State Department of Vocational and Technical Training and is located in RIAT Hills, Kisumu West Constituency, Kisumu County. The Institute was founded in 1968 and opened its doors to the first batch of 34 students in 1974 in Building Construction course. Today the trainee enrolment has soared to over 5000.
RIAT was started with the aim of providing professional training in technical, business and applied science fields to Kenyan youths and it has lived to its objective and curved a niche as a leader in training in TVET. Currently, the Institute offers 50 full-time programmes from Artisan to Diploma levels. Also offered are CBET courses in Aquaculture Management Levels 3 – 4, Solar PV Technician Levels 1 – 3, Plumbing level 3, Masonry level 3, Fashion Design Technology level 4, Electrical Installation level 3, Automotive Technician level 5, Plumbing level 3, Food Production level 4, Marriage and Family Therapy level 6, Supply Chain Manager level, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning level 4, Social Work level 5, and Nutrition and Dietetics level 4. RIAT is a Centre of Excellence in Aquaculture.
Over the years, and in line with the TVET Act 2013, Vision 2030, The Big Four Agenda and recent TVET reforms, the Institute has continued to expand its programmes and activities to cope with the market demand as is reflected in its Vision and Mission.
VISION : To be a leader in quality training that responds to the vocational technological needs of the local and global society.
MISSION : To produce skilled and self-driven technical education graduates with quality vocational and technical training and innovative and creative competencies for Kenya development.
RIAT produces quality skilled human resource relevant to industry needs for growth and prosperity of the various sectors of the economy. The graduates are not job seekers but are job creators.
The Institute attributes its success to a committed Board of Governors chaired by Dr. Lily Kisaka, a hardworking team of 114 trainers and committed 52 support staff.
RIAT realizes the critical role played by linkages and collaborations between the Institute and industry in provision of relevant practical skills and has formed collaborations and linkages with different organizations and key industry players which include:
RIAT is an active player in exhibitions and trade fairs showcasing their innovations and research, and also active in fostering green economy. In the past one year RIAT planted over 5000 trees.
The Institute has joined hands with the government in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic by ensuring that the Ministry of Health guidelines on COVID-19 containment measures are adhered to. Further, it has reached out to the community in support of the fight against the pandemic by donating face masks and foot operated hand washing machines to two primary schools, and small and micro enterprise business operators within the locality.
In the spirit of continual improvement, RIAT has made remarkable progress in terms of infrastructure. The Institute boasts of a modern gate and a ladies hostel with a bed capacity of 350 beds. The Institute’s drive for excellence permeates deeply in its culture.