A BRIEF ABOUT THE SCHOOL:
The school began as a Technical Institute in November 1967 to train the then Middle School Leavers in Engineering, Business, Building, Carpentry and Joinery; Painting and Decoration and Catering studies. It was named Sunyani Technical Institute (SUTECH).
The first principal of the school was Mr. Kumah-Mintah (who later came to open The Kumasi Technical Institute). In 1997 it was upgraded to a Polytechnic as the Sunyani Polytechnic (S’Poly), which in 2016 was upgraded and accredited as a university. The institution is now Sunyani Technical University.
ABOUT THE OLD STUDENT ASSOCIATION:
The idea to form an Old Students Association was initiated by the late Kwaku Asamoah Adu Boahen in consultation with Dr. Kwasi Oppong, CEO of Kwasi Oppong Company Limited (a product of the school (1979 – 1982).
Those three past students organized some old students in Kumasi including Frederick Osei Boakye, Kwame Abeh, and Kwaku Tuffuor Ababio Bongoman (deceased) to mention but a few, with the view to form an Old Students Association for the Institution. The motive was for them to form an association, which will enable the group to seek the welfare of the Institution as a united front to help develop their ALMA MATA.
The initial group made a breakthrough and were able to bring together over fifty (50) past students to form the group with the name “SUNYANI TECHNICAL OLD STUDENTS ASSOCIATION” (STOSA). The group held its maiden general meeting at the Kumasi Cultural Centre in August 1994.
The group became vibrant with members increasing to over eighty (80) in a short period of time. One thing worth mentioning is that unlike a Secondary School, the structure of a Technical School did not have entry and exist year groups because of the variation in course durations.
Therefore, the norm has been for students completing their courses of study to join the Association, in which there is mutual respect for members as former students at the Institute.
It is so homely to see members addressing themselves as Seniors or Nobles.
True to its core mandate of members welfare and Alma Mata development, the association has been able to find employment for members, making some great entrepreneurs and those bereaved have been supported.
The group’s network is very wide and highly rated. Under the able leadership of Dr. Kwasi Oppong, CEO of Kwasi Oppong Company who was elected First President of The Kumasi Chapter, support agenda for the Alma Mata was not overlooked.
He took the initiative and moved the association to campus to construct a Masters’ Bungalow and carried out some renovation work on some of the existing buildings at the Institute. The Association also provided items like beds, cooking utensils, and cash for the school.
The Association (Kumasi Chapter) has since been involved in the activities of the school to which as a sign of appreciation the authorities have named the former “B” Block on campus after Dr. Kwasi Oppong, the first President of the maiden Association.
With the coming onboard of students from the Polytechnic, the Association’s slogan was changed from STOSA to STOSPA.
The move and shining example of the Kumasi Chapter of the Association gingered some other former students with the Kumasi group who went to lecture at the school to initiate the formation National Association spearheaded by Mr. Kwaku Owusu (A former Rector of the school and Head of the Building Department).
Their efforts have gained grounds with various chapters locally in Ghana, and in the diaspora, including the UK, USA, Australia, and Canada.
A team has been formed to draft a constitution to govern the group to eschew acts of discrimination and rancor.
AFFILIATION TO THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION:
Let members be informed that the Vice Chancellor (VC) of the University in his maiden zoom meeting with participants called on members of the Association to embrace all past students from any of the three streams of the institution, namely,
1. The Sunyani Technical School
2. The Sunyani Polytechnic
3. The Sunyani Technical University
as one group of past students from the GREAT SCHOOL (in the past was referred as the BRONG AHAFO University). The Vice Chancellor is therefore urging all to come together to form a strong ALUMINI.
The VC went ahead to announce the 55th Anniversary celebration of the school. Thus, celebrating the year of inception to date from 1967-2022.
The 28th Year Get-Together of the Kumasi Chapter celebration was well attended and in attendance were the following to mention but a few; Dr. Kwasi Oppong (CEO Kwasi Oppong company limited, The first chapter president), Nana Antwi Boasiako II (Otumfour Kyeame, Known in school as Henry Boateng – Spioman), Nana Adusei Atwenewa-Ampem (Tepa Manhene), Hon. Harriet Anita Abaidoo (UK Chapter), Mr. Patrick Osei aka. Awulewu (USA Chapter), Janet Yeboah aka. Killer (USA Chapter), Frank Oppong aka. Koopong Small (Businessman Kumasi), Mad. Agnes Nkumfo (Dep. Dir. Nursing Services Rtd.) Affiliate Member.
The following three personalities were acknowledged with citations for their outstanding roles, that have seen the chapter still going strong.
1. Dr. Kwasi Oppong
2. Nana Adusei Atwenewa Ampem
3. Mrs. Lylla Sahyon Prempeh