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

Fashion Show

MONTEGO BAY, St JamesFour designers, over 100 pieces and 50 models graced the runway with designs that left the audience in awe last Thursday, as the Montego Bay Community College staged its annual fashion show and dance.

Applause and ovations resounded for the creativity on display, spearheaded by the vision and guidance of Ann-Marie Burgess Brown and Stephanie Taylor, both lecturers in the clothing and fashion designing division at the Montego Bay Community College.

During the show, the patrons – numbering about 250 – were eager to see the next design as they marvelled about the last.

Each designer presented more than 20 pieces, spanning swimwear, elegant and casual wear under the themes: Shades of Blue, Chajuan, N V Designs and Coral Realm, which were the brands used by designers Nordeen Haughton, Mekesshia Simms, Cassandra Blake and Havagaye Heath for their awesome and jaw-dropping pieces.

Models and designers were in unison, rocking awesome shades of blue, black, white and coral, impressing the team of judges comprising Sandra Kennedy, well-known designer and entrepreneur; Ann-Marie Robinson-Chin of Koko Beenz Designs, and the acclaimed Pablo Palair of Pablo Palair Fashions.

The food was a great accompaniment to the main attraction, as patrons were treated to a delectable two-course meal prepared by the lecturers and students of the Hospitality and Creative Studies faculty.

“What was created and witnessed is testament of the strength of the Associate Degree in Clothing and Fashion Design programme at the Montego Bay Community College. Many students have done the programme and have gone on to expand their skills and create fashion for public consumption,” said Casana Spence, the associate dean, workforce development and continuing education division at the college. (source)

Montpelier Agricultural Show 2016

The College offers an Associate Degree in Agricultural Technology and Bachelor’s Degrees in Environmental Studies and Plant Science. We use this event to showcase our offerings in this field and to promote the College as an avenue to pursue an accredited qualification in these areas. This year we showcased the produce at our agricultural plot in Montpelier, Aqua-ponics and launched our Organic pesticide for BlackMoth fly that attacks cabbages.

MBCC Spanish Festival 2016

The Spanish Festival is hosted in an effort to encourage Spanish among the students. MBCC offers Spanish as a course and all students on this day have to express themselves in Spanish depicting food, dance and poetry. The event is part sponsored by the Spanish Foundation of Jamaica and also attracts the Spanish Ambassador to Jamaica.


Inter-Collegiate Championships

The College competes at the Inter-Collegiate Championships each year, proudly representing western Jamaica. We believe in the development and exposure of our athletes and competing against acclaimed Jamaican athletes is great for the College and its students.