National Champions of the CAP Entrepreneurship Competition

I am pleased to announce that Montego Bay Community College is the National Champions of the CAP Entrepreneurship Competition with our “Eco-Charger and lamp”.

We had two entries – “Eco-Charger” and “Shubby Dust Pan”. We competed against 24 other teams from all over the island. Students were graded based on their presentation and business plan.

Apart from the National award, other awards won were:

  • Regional 3rd place Winner – Shubby
  • Most Creative Business Idea – Eco-Charger
  • Best Presenter – Noel McDonald (Eco-Charger)
  • Champion Coach – Sonja Madden (Eco-Charger)
  • -Dr. Maureen Nelson, J.P.

    MBCC honour Jimmy Cliff, Russel Hammond, Hugh Shim


    From left: James ‘Jimmy Cliff’ Chambers, Russel Hammond and Hugh Shim pose with their framed certificates after they were conferred with Honorary Fellowship of the Montego Bay Community College on Sunday. (Photo: Philp Lemonte)

    ROSE HALL, St James — Veteran reggae ambassador, Dr James Chambers, more popularly known as Jimmy Cliff, was among three people conferred with Honorary Fellowship of the Montego Bay Community College (MBCC) during Sunday’s graduation exercise for students of that Montego Bay based-educational facility, held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre.

    The others were Westmoreland businessman Russel Hammond and environmentalist Hugh Shim.

    The trio formed the fifth batch to be awarded as Honorary Fellows by the tertiary institution that opened its doors in September 1975 as an amalgamation of the sixth forms of Cornwall College, Montego Bay High and Mount Alvernia High schools.

    “The Montego Bay Community College is extremely proud to salute them as our fifth set of Honorary Fellows and induct them into our company of Fellows,” Nathan Robb, chairman of the MBCC board declared, ahead of the reading of citations for the three men.

    Principal of the Montego Bay Community College, Dr Maureen Nelson, explained that the Fellowship is reserved for people who have made extraordinary and sustained contribution to the college or western Jamaica, throughout their career.

    She added that the honour is awarded to individuals whose professional career has been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality.

    “The Montego Bay Community College is participating today (Sunday) in a practice and custom, a ritual and a celebration, characterised by the educational foundation since medieval times. Today, Montego Bay Community College follows in that pathway to observe one of the historical conventions which we hope will promote and motivate excellence,” Dr Nelson noted.

    “This is an award which is not given lightly, its historic value should be cherished.”

    She noted that the processes which govern the selection have been rigorous and meticulous.

    Dr Chambers, a native of Somerton, St James, was hailed as a cultural icon and musician extraordinaire, who has made an invaluable contribution to the entertainment landscape, both locally and internationally.

    A former politician, Hammond was born in Ramble, Hanover. Known for his spirit of volunteerism and kindness, Hammond in 1974 established Hammond’s Pastry in Savanna-la-Mar, and has since impacted the lives of hundreds of persons across the political divide.

    Shim, who was hailed for his long-lasting association with the MBCC, is a founding member of the college hospitality advisory board. He also lectures at the institution on a part-time basis and has been credited for conceptualising a raft of programmes for the college.

    He is also an executive director of the Montego Bay Marine Park.

    And following a few words of appreciation on behalf of the 2017 Fellows, the reggae stalwart broke out in songs such as Many Rivers to Cross, It’s been a Hard Road to Travel, My Miss Jamaica and I Can See Clearly Now, much to the delight of the audience.

    Source:

    http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/observer-west/mbcc-honour-jimmy-cliff-russel-hammond-hugh-shim_119210?profile=1431

    Leadership Workshop – “Empowering Leaders for the 21st Century”

    LET’S TALK ABOUT THE LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP HELD AT THE MONTEGO BAY COMMUNITY COLLEGE!

    “Empowering Leaders for the 21st Century”

    The Press Club, Circle K, Rotaract, 4H, Spanish Club, Ecology Club, Badminton Club, Table Tennis Club, Ecology Club, Fitness Club, Red Cross Society, Math Club, Chess Club, Young Accountants Association, UCAM, UCCF are only some of the clubs at the Montego Bay Community College!

    The Montego Bay Community College has a great number of clubs throughout the school, creating a diverse surrounding for students to interact with peers and participate in club activities which may directly or indirectly strengthen their leadership abilities to a certain extent. Whether one is assigned leadership by a position in a club or simply by displaying influential initiative among peers, leaders can be found all over the school’s campus. The college currently has over 50 active clubs/societies and the launching and development of new clubs are open to the student body; hence, leadership opportunities abound at The Montego Bay Community College. From positions in the student council to class representatives, peer counselors, club and organization officers, or club executives, there are many ways, both formal and informal, for students to build and share leadership skills.

     

    The club executives, from all faculties at the Montego Bay Community College as well as some students from the Montego Bay Community College: Frome campus, came together on September 27, 2017, to the Student Leadership Workshop held on the main college’s campus. Students were brought together to discuss their strengths and weaknesses associated with the running and maintaining of the clubs and societies. However, the primary goal of the event was to teach them – as current and future leaders, how to maximize the output of the clubs by using proper and efficient leadership skills. Discussions on how to develop leadership skills were explored; some of the major strategies noted were: developing effective communication, encouraging enthusiasm and a sense of belonging, getting to know people, treating others as individuals, accepting responsibility for getting things done and problem solving in a step by step away.

     

    Next, Mrs. Natalie Parchment-Clarke culminated the workshop with her speech entitled, “Becoming the Ultimate Ambassador (part 1).” She urged students to be mindful of integrity and most importantly- one’s innate, genuine passion. Mrs. Parchment-Clarke reiterated, “Be passionate, whether raw passion or compassionate.” She spoke passionately about her involvement in Rotary Clubs and how important it is to not only pinpoint, but go after one’s true passion!

     

    Mrs. Carol Walters, the Vice Principal of Academics at the college then lead students into a comprehensive session on Proper Protocol and Etiquette. Topics such as the order of introductions in formal situations and appropriate dress codes in certain contexts were both thoroughly discussed. Mr. Peter Salky gave some advice on “Becoming the Ultimate Ambassador (part2).” He explained that leadership is influencing others with or without authority. He stated that, “Leadership is not dictatorship; attributes to not what you say but how you say it !” He believes a good leader must be confident, be able to reach everybody, deals with conflicts, communicate effectively and is always aware. The workshop came to an end after the breakout sessions involving Mr. Rodcliff Roberts, Mr. Ezmond Farquharson, and Sophia McIntosh, who were speakers for separate groups of executives. The individual sessions made the interaction more personal since the groups were small and students were able to actively ask questions and share their opinions.

     

    It can be agreed that students learned a great deal about how to strengthen their leadership skills. The workshop was thoroughly planned and the guest speakers couldn’t have been better! As student leaders, our roles are not taken lightly; it can either enhance or terminate the quality of our school life. We should aim to spread knowledge through inspiration, tutoring, campaigns and so much more. As student leaders, we are striving to change the world, one school at a time!

     

    Tashian Downer
    Chief Writer, M.B.C.C’S Press Club

    Orientation 2017-18 (Day 2 Clubs & Societies)

    In spite of academics distinctly coming first at Montego Bay Community College, students know that life at MBCC is not all work and no play. With more than 20 clubs and societies on campus the College provides an array of co-curricular activities for students with a range of interests.

    At MBCC we stress to students that they’re here first for academics but that to excel as an individual they must find their niche outside of the classroom as well. It doesn’t mean joining several Clubs or societies, spreading their time thin between them all—we mean finding the couple things that a student seriously enjoys, finds fulfilling, or is just curious to explore so his or her time is spent wisely on what he or she is really passionate about.

    Whether students are passionate about accounting, badminton, music, cheer leading or singing, they are likely to find a club dedicated to that interest.

    And if they can’t, they are invited to create a club of their own.

    Take a look!!!

    Jamilia Brown’s Journey to Success

    The clichéd quote, “Heights of great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight; but they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward through the night” composed by Shakespeare of Old is insufficient to describe Jamilia Brown.

    Jamilia is a second-year student at the Montego Bay Community College and the president of the Student’s Council. Her infectious charisma amplifies her personality in such a way that it infiltrates the minds of others to emulate her. At the age of 19, Brown possesses a steadfast, determined and conscientious approach to school life. She has reached a milestone along the journey to her ultimate career having recently received a Cuban Medical Scholarship to pursue her career in Forensic Pathology commencing August 2017.

     

    M.B.C.C. Press Club (PC): Who is Jamilia Brown?

    Jamilia Brown (JB): I am a determined individual. I love to help others. I am also a spiritual person and I am dedicated to what I put my mind to. I love to lead and I like to make persons become leaders. Though persons may say that I am too much of an extrovert, I can’t help it! I am very outgoing and this has helped me to reach out to people.

    PC: When did you know you wanted to study medicine [forensic science] and why?

    JB: My mother died in 2009. Before that, when I was younger, I always liked forensics and I made up my mind to become a forensic pathologist. My mother once spoke to me and said, “Jamilia, you know you can go to Cuba to study medicine but you would have to learn everything in Spanish.”  When she told me this, I was a bit sceptical because I don’t know Spanish. Nonetheless, I was intrigued by the idea to study medicine and ever since, I wanted to do it. After she [my mother] lost her battle to breast cancer, [and not being able to help her], I was further inspired to pursue a career in medicine.

    PC: How did you see yourself throughout high school? Were you always that determined person, one who is able to juggle between extra-curricular activities and school?

    JB: It was a difficult transition into high school. Because right after mommy died, it was GSAT and then I moved on to high school so Grade 7 was hard adjusting. But, I had to push against all odds. I did extremely well. I was involved in a lot of extracurricular activities like Speech and Drama and Debating. In fact, I was the president of Speech and Drama and I was a part of some executive bodies of different clubs and societies. I also copped leadership award [for lower school]. I also participated in the Junior Mayor Competition where I was placed fourth and I was involved with the community. So, yes I displayed the same characteristics.

     

    PC: This is an impromptu question and I was sceptical in asking because I know that this topic is a sensitive one. What strategies did you use to overcome the death of your mother especially during a time when you were transitioning from primary school to secondary education?

    JB: You don’t get over the loss of someone. My mother knew she was going to die. I asked her “What if you die now?” and she said, “Well it will be the Lord’s will; all will be well”. So, when she died, yes it was a shocker, but based on what she has taught me [spiritually], God has been my strength. I have a supportive father, family and friends and they have been my tower of strength too. She [my mother] is the main reason for me to do what I left her with.

     

    PC: What experiences best prepared you for hard work?

    JB:  Cancer. This was a lot of money. My father had was to spend a lot of money [millions of dollars]. I knew I was not from a rich family so I said to myself, I have to do the work. I do not want to stay in that same position and this situation motivated me to do the work. There is this intrinsic motivation to do my best even though at times it would get rough, still, I had to continue.

     

    PC: What philosophy/ biblical quote do you live by?

    JB: Hebrews 11 v. 1 [For faith is the substance of things hoped; for the evidence of things not seen]. I believe that once you have faith in God, then everything will work out. That’s my philosophy.

     

    PC: What is the most challenging part of schooling?

    JB: The challenge is balancing between leadership roles and academics. One can get into the other. In most instances, it is the leadership roles because I have a duty and it takes up most of my time so this is a challenge that I face.

    PC: What do you find most enjoyable?

    JB: I love to read! I like to serve. I am very active at church. I am a part of the AY body. I am also a part of the AY STORMS, a youth movement in the Seventh Day Adventist Church, West Jamaica Conference. I am also a part of the Jamaica-Cuba Friendship Association.

     

    PC: What lifelong skills have you garnered at the Montego Bay Community College that you will take with you to Cuba?

    JB: Survival, having a strong back bone. Survival in the sense where [you] are no longer in high school anymore where teachers are going to constantly remind [you] that [you] have [your] homework to submit. So, that has helped me to survive amidst the pressure [in terms of having a strong backbone and being a student council president was not an easy feat]. There are a lot of struggles I faced and that has shaped me and moulded my character and for that I am grateful.

    PC: What educational preparation would you recommend to students to reap the rewards of success?

    JB: Study. Study hard. It sounds clichéd but study, study, study. If [you] don’t understand something, consult [your] teachers. Be dedicated. Sometimes, you will have to sacrifice sleep but then think about the fruits of labour. Think about what you will achieve. Be confident and understand that somewhere along the line you will fail but failure is not when you fail; it is when you stay that way. Therefore, you must have the strength to get back up and that is true success.

     

    PC: Describe how you feel now having being a successful recipient of the Cuban Medical Scholarship.

    JB: I am so excited because I had applied for it last year but didn’t get through as a result of pending CAPE results. To find out that I got this, I am still elated! I am fulfilling a lifelong dream. This is something I always wanted. I have been to Cuba before and it is a wonderful country. So, to go back there, studying for seven years, it is really exciting!

    Montego Bay Community College’s Labour Day work crowns the Frome Police Station.

    “All labour that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence”

    – Martin Luther King Jr.

    Labour Day was observed under the theme “Restore, Preserve, Beautify”. As the country observed a day like this, the Montego Bay Community College campuses, Montego Bay and Westmoreland, took on the initiative to engage in a day of restoration and beautification of the Frome Police Station.

     

    Located in the parish of Westmoreland, the Frome Police Station houses 17 members of the constabulary force and functions under the tutelage of Woman Sergeant Arkling Facey. The members of the Frome Police Station execute their core duties to serve and protect the citizens in the surrounding communities; however, their station was in dire need of repairs in order for them to fulfil their core functions.

     

    Energetic members of staff of the Montego Bay Community College, academic and auxiliary alike, adorned in white, red and blue shirts completed one of this year’s national projects, restoration of the Frome Police Station. The main area of focus was the kitchen. Members of staff worked tirelessly and relentlessly to repair the kitchen counter that was in a deplorable condition. They retiled the surface with ceramic tiles; renovated the kitchen cupboards; built a microwave shelf; as well as, changed the emaciated door of the kitchen. In addition, members of staff were eager to show their stylistic skills by manicuring the lawns of the station. Others painted the walls, both interior and exterior, with blue and white paint; changed light bulbs; and installed new dust to dawn lights.

     

    Constable Randae Stephens, a member of the Frome Police Station, maintained that he is grateful for the kind gesture that the Montego Bay Community College campuses have executed at the station. “I am very grateful. The station needed a facelift, especially [in] the kitchen, seeing that it was in a deplorable condition. I am also grateful that the Montego Bay Community College [campuses] have taken the mantle to cause some changes to the facility and I want to say many thanks,” he remarked.

     

    Dr Maureen Nelson, the acting principal of the Montego Bay Community College, classified the day a success. She reiterated, “We had a successful, gratifying, rewarding and fully accomplished day with some serious, hard work done by all categories of [the Montego Bay Community College] staff at the Frome Police Station. Believe me, we have transformed the Frome Police Station and they are truly grateful for the work that was done by us.”

     

    Constable Stephens in his response stated that the Frome Police Station will remember and hold in high regard the contributions made by the college. He stated, “The air conditioning unit is fitting now, since the days are extremely hot, so we are indeed grateful for this.”

     

    Dr Nelson extended gratitude to the following persons and/or organisations who assisted with the success of the day’s events: C & S Services and Supplies, Icon Imports and Distributors Ltd, Bullhead Water, Bioden Chemicals, Rotary Club of Savanna-la-mar, Negril Home Solutions, F.T.R Garments Ltd., United Finance Sales & Services, Books & More, Appliance Traders Limited, C&E Hotel Restaurant Supply, Bogue Wholesale, Dr Trevor Hacker – Discovery Dental, Power Plus Electrical & Plumbing Hardware, HEART Trust/NTA Granville and Mr Deon Morgan – TC Morgan Electrical Contractors.

     

    The motto of the college, ‘The end crowns the work’, was apt to the success of Labour Day 2017. Likewise, the objectives of this project were in tandem with the objectives of the nation’s Labour Day, which includes “enhancing the dignity of labour day by improving the environment” and “encouraging the principle of solidarity; building and sharing.”

     

    “Let’s celebrate the labour that builds up this great land. From field to field; desk to desk; they built in hand in hand!”

     

     

    Kemorine Buchanan and Zaheer E. Clarke
    Faculty Advisors
    Press Club
    Montego Bay Community College

    THE MONTEGO BAY COMMUNITY COLLEGE’S SMALL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT LAUNCH: CREATIVITY: THE WAY FORWARD

    THE MONTEGO BAY COMMUNITY COLLEGE’S SMALL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT LAUNCH: CREATIVITY: THE WAY FORWARD

    The core principles that stem the backbone of entrepreneurship is creativity and innovation. On March 24, 2017 members of the Faculty of Hospitality doing the course Small Business Management: Hospitality and Creative Studies (formerly Entrepreneurship) under the supervision of Sonia Doctor Small initiated the Montego Bay Community College Business Launch 2017. The Launch was held under the theme “Creativity: The Way Forward”.

     

    The members were given the task to cogitate a business idea that will appeal to any viable focus group. They were charged with the task to tap into their creative wells and devise a product. This product should be authentic, marketable and appealing. A part of the assignment also include establishing a business for the product and launching such business.

     

    Doctor Small maintained that this project was a part of their course grade and the students out did themselves. On the day of the launch, booths and stalls were erected on the multipurpose court on the Montego Bay Community College grounds. The booths were well decorated and the students threw out their uniforms and transferred into professional attires. Some groups decided to go the extra mile and got shirts with the logo of their companies inscribed. Coco Jomms, one of the groups present at the launch, constructed a mini massage parlor to extend the appeal of their product.

     

    The programme was moderated by a student taking the course, Cooren Norman (from the group Custom Nation). The guest speaker, however missing in action, was represented by the college’s own Mr. Bernard. He shared a few words on entrepreneurship and how necessary creativity is to entrepreneurial success. Kelsey Keane and Toni-Anne Gayle performed a wonderful rendition of Miley Cyrus’ ‘The Climb’. To officially commence the launch, the ribbon was cut by the Press Club’s Faculty Advisor, Ms. K. Buchanan on behalf of the principal, Dr. Maureen Nelson.

     

    The ingenuity of these students was employed in the products created, ranging from items of culinary status to fashion items and bath and body articles. The culinary groups included: Jack’s Spice it up, Mookies, Island Barz, Authentic Jamaican Delicacies and Tek a Bite. Some groups however, decided to delve into the world of fashion and these groups were: Pro Fashioners, Ella y el Accessories, Jewelry Dinks and Wyns Jewellery.

     

    To relieve some of the stress and tension associated with the world of school and work and to combat the high prices of organic and divine bath and body products, groups such as Coco Jomms and Maluho created a business that appealed to individuals who want to indulge in spa-like pleasure at their own beck and call. Groups such as Custom Nation,Franzk Decor and Su’schanks Book Covers and Unique Holders appealed to the individuals with a passive artistic nature. They provided individuals with customized items to decorate items such as books and also items for home decor.

     

    The students tapped into their creative pockets and allowed fellow Montego Bay Community College students an insight into their developing entrepreneurial skills. Members of the College were given the opportunity to peruse the products and make purchases. It was a well-planned event and commendations are being extended to Dr. Small, lecturer in charge and to all the members of the respective businesses.

     

    Press Club

    The Montego Bay Community College

    Innovation on display at MBCC’s ‘Battle of the Sciences’

    Innovation on display at MBCC’s ‘Battle of the Sciences’
    By Zaheer E. Clarke


    The Faculty of Arts and Sciences at the Montego Bay Community College (MBCC) held its inaugural ‘Battle of Sciences’ Expo and Competition on Wednesday, November 30, 2016, in commemoration of Science and Technology Month.

    The main objectives of the competition were to engender critical thinking among the students, promote a problem-based approach to learning, and to spark innovation and interest in the sciences.
    The faculty, which offers Agricultural Science, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geography and Physics, among its core science subjects at the CAPE level, had its students from each subject area submit innovative projects and ideas that would solve problems at the college, in their community and the wider world.

    Dr. Maureen Nelson, the acting Principal of MBCC, bubbled with pride and surprise at the intense research, scope and relevance of the projects on display. She remarked that at least one of the projects would be implemented forthwith at the college, with several others earmarked for further discussions with stakeholders in the wider society.

    Guest Speaker at the function, Mr. O’Neil Nelson, an electrical engineer, spoke to the students about the history of scientific and engineering inventions. He robustly encouraged the students to use the projects they did and the Battle of the Sciences expo as a catalyst to participate in more creative, inventive and cutting-edge solutions that tap into everyday necessities.
    The biology group’s Plastic-Paper project looked at the various ways in which polyethylene and other plastics can be recycled as paper for writing, printing and decorative purposes. Hydroelectricity as an alternative to Jamaica’s highly dependent fossil fuel based electricity source was the project the geography group examined. The chemistry group’s Chemical Christmas project looked at producing hydrogen gas as a clean and alternative energy source for use in producing heat and electricity during the Yuletide season.

    The Parrotfish Mariculture-Algaculture project, proposed by the environmental science group won two awards, for the most creative project and the Jamaica Public Service third placed trophy. Their project looked at growing commercial parrotfish in saltwater ponds for human consumption, which would prevent depletion of the parrotfishes in the wild, which are essential for coral reef ecosystems.

    The agricultural science group won two awards, the Paul Graham Award for the best evidence of scientific research and the Jamaica Public Service second place trophy for their Biodigester-BioVolts project. This project involved converting common biowaste to fuel and electricity, which can be used in the school’s canteen and hospitality food labs for cooking and other purposes.

    The overall champion of the inaugural Battle of the Sciences Expo was the all-female Physics student group. They won two awards, for the most relevant project and the National Energy Solutions first place trophy for their Electric Money Saver project. The students evaluated the monthly energy consumption of the college and created a replica of their Physics lab. They showed how motion sensors – they created – can be used to reduce the college’s energy bill by switching on and off the lights, fans and the air conditioning units located in the college’s offices, classrooms and laboratories when not in use.

    All of the groups who participated in the competition received complimentary cakes on behalf of MegaMart.

    Head of the organizing committee, Mrs. Nichola Beckford-Cameron said, “The dream is not to curtail the ‘Battle of the Sciences’ to Montego Bay Community College. However, the dream is to expand it across Western Jamaica and the entire country with a view to promote problem-based learning and application in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subject areas.”

    “Montego Bay Community College Working to Maintain its Reputation”

    The administration at the Montego Bay Community College, in St. James, is unrelenting in its efforts to maintain its reputation as the college of choice among persons seeking tertiary-level training in western Jamaica.
    Director of Marketing and Public Relations at the college, Ruiz Warren, who addressed a JIS ‘Think Tank’ in Montego Bay, on November 7, said the institution remains very appealing to students leaving high schools in western Jamaica, and has been expanding on all fronts to meet the growing demand.
    The Montego Bay Community College was opened in 1975 and currently has an enrolment of 1,920 students and 111 staff members at both its St. James and Westmoreland campuses.

    The administration at the Montego Bay Community College, in St. James, is unrelenting in its efforts to maintain its reputation as the college of choice among persons seeking tertiary-level training in western Jamaica.

    Director of Marketing and Public Relations at the college, Ruiz Warren, who addressed a JIS ‘Think Tank’ in Montego Bay, on November 7, said the institution remains very appealing to students leaving high schools in western Jamaica, and has been expanding on all fronts to meet the growing demand.

    Mr. Warren, who also studied at the college, said the trend of students deciding to pursue tertiary-level education at the institution over other more established universities, has been growing.

    “The educational landscape in western Jamaica has expanded tremendously in the last number of years, and so all the institutions are aggressively marketing their programmes and trying to attract students,” he said.

    Mr. Warren said the flexibility with which students can study at the Montego Bay Community College is a big plus for the institution.

    Meanwhile, Acting Principal of the College, Dr. Maureen Nelson, said the institution is actively pursuing the idea of offering more foreign language training to its students.

    The college currently offers conversational Spanish as part of some courses, and Dr. Nelson is planning to add more to meet the influx of visitors coming into Montego Bay, especially from the Far East.

    The Montego Bay Community College was opened in 1975 and currently has an enrolment of 1,920 students and 111 staff members at both its St. James and Westmoreland campuses.

    source: http://jis.gov.jm/montego-bay-community-college-working-maintain-reputation/

    “Montego Bay Community College in Safe Hands”

    Dr. Nelson joined the staff of the Montego Bay Community College in 1990 and was soon asked to head a department in which she had no professional training or experience. She says she took on the task, and looking back, it is “mission accomplished”.

    “I came in as a lecturer and within a year, I was moved up to the Head of the Technical and Vocational Department (which) involves building, architecture, hospitality and engineering. I had no knowledge or experience in those areas, because I came in as an ‘A level’ Accounting lecturer. But the then Principal, the late Dr. Lorna Nembhard, saw the leadership skills and she entrusted that position in me, and so I went and got all the training that was necessary,” she tells JIS News.

    Dr. Nelson, who was a recipient of the Prime Minister’s Medal of Achievement in the field of Education this year, says in an effort to obtain the necessary training, she went to George Brown University in Canada to learn about their culinary and hospitality programme, and then to UTech for engineering and architecture.

    She notes that her first major achievement in the new position was the building of a strong department, which is now being operated as two separate faculties – Hospitality and Creative Study; and Computer and Technical Studies.

    “I moved to the Vice Principal’s position in 2003 and again I was able to motivate the faculty members,” she tells JIS News.

    Dr. Nelson also served as coach of the netball team, which copped the rural area intercollegiate title on two occasions.

    The college is now ranked as one of the best tertiary institutions in the country, and Dr. Nelson argues that its successful transformation has allowed it to keep pace with the demands of a changing education sector.

    “I feel very good about the transformation that we have made. We have influenced different areas of the (education) industry in western Jamaica, because we are involved in the tourism, agricultural and health sectors,” she notes.

    “We have provided the enrolled Assistant Nursing programme and that has done very well and with the demand for nurses and trained assistant nurses, we have been able to fulfil that role. We are able to assist in tourism, because we have trained so many students for the industry, and this programme has done well,” Dr. Nelson adds.

    She says that new curriculum offerings such as the Associate Degree in Social Work, the Associate Degree in Funeral Services and Mortuary Sciences (the only one of its kind in the Caribbean), and the Associate Degree in Criminal Justice will further cement Montego Bay Community College’s position as a top tertiary institution.

    Dr. Nelson tells JIS News that when she leaves the education system, she wants to be remembered as “that caring individual who looks out for the students to ensure that their needs are met in the various areas, and that individual who demonstrates in all facets of life what she expects of her teachers”.

    -source