BTVI Recognizes Fulbright Specialist as IT Fellow

Aug, 16 2021




Left to right: The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute’s (BTVI) President, Dr. Robert W. Robertson; Clearly Innovate Ink’s Chief Executive Officer/Founder and Fulbright Specialist, Aaron Saunders and BTVI Dean of Information Technology and Distance Education, Anthony Ramtulla.

Photo: Del-LaMarr Davis

The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) recently recognized Aaron Saunders as the first Fellow of its Center for Online and Distance Education (CODE) for his contributions to Information Technology.  Mr. Saunders also recently taught Application Development courses at BTVI at the invitation of the Office of the Prime Minister in Grand Bahama.

Mr. Saunders is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Clearly Innovate Ink, a mobile development firm which he started 11 years ago in Washington, D.C. Additionally, with more than 25 years of software development and technical education experience, Mr. Saunders is an award-winning technical entrepreneur and author, who founded and successfully built multiple startups.

Further, he serves as an adjunct professor at Howard University and an organizer for DC Tech Meetup. He has received multiple awards acknowledging his community work and commitment to inclusive innovation including, but not limited to, being named a 2017 Tech Titan by Washingtonian Magazine; Black Data Processing Associates’ 2016 Entrepreneur of the Year; the 2016 Champion of Digital Equality Award by the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council and Washington Business Journal’s Power 100 of 2016.

BTVI President, Dr. Robert W. Robertson, noted Mr. Saunders accomplishments, wealth of knowledge and experience. He said the institution is grateful to have him working with BTVI and supporting its initiative to promote Freeport as a technology hub, as per the government’s vision. He is also pleased to have the leadership of the Office of the Prime Minister and the support of the United States Embassy in hosting the IT professional.

Furthermore, there are over 450 students in its Information and Communication Technology summer youth program.

BTVI will continue to work with Mr. Saunders to improve its course offerings and continue to offer quality, industry-certified programs for all of its students.