SIGALAGALA NATIONAL POLYTECHNIC HISTORY INTRODUCTION
Sigalagala National Polytechnic (SNP) is a public managed national polytechnic that was founded in 1950 as a technical and vocational training institute. Sigalagala National Polytechnic (SNP) started in 1950 as Nyanza technical and trade school on a thirty-three-acre piece of land. It inherited land and buildings from the British gold miners who had been operating there since 1930s. It became a National Polytechnic school in 1967 offering ordinary level technical competencies and programmes including Kenya Certificate of Education K.C.E until all schools were turned into technical training institutes in the late 1980s.
The institution was made a National Polytechnic by legal order number 90 of May 2016 by the cabinet secretary of education in exercising the powers conferred by section 26(2) of Technical vocational education training TVET act 2013.
The legal notice no 90 is known as Sigalagala National Polytechnic order of 2016. The polytechnic has the Main campus and other campuses; Kakamega Town campus and Maturu campus.
The polytechnic is mandated to offer courses at certificates, diploma and higher diploma levels at higher disciplines. The Polytechnic mainly produces middle level human resource that are well equipped with technical and business skills required in industry. The institution produces technicians and technologists who are expected to play a major role towards the attainment of the Kenya Vision 2030.
The Polytechnic has developed a five year strategic plan (2018-2023) that envisages the development and implementation of technology, related degrees that will be offered in collaboration with existing universities. Further the strategic plan proposed formation of collaborations and partnerships with other internationally recognized technical and vocational training institutions.
As per the legal order, the polytechnic is divided into four institutes; institute of hospitality and consumer sciences, institute of engineering, institute of applied and natural sciences, institute of business. The Polytechnic is under the Ministry of Education, State Department of Technical and Vocational Training headed by a Director. The Polytechnic is managed by governing council appointed by the cabinet secretary. Day to day running is done by the Principal, Deputy principals, Directors and Heads of departments.
The polytechnic has a good reputation as a Centre for skills training and Centre for Academic Excellent in Hospitality, TVET, Kenya-China TVET training project – 2019.