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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.

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    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

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    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

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    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!!!

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    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

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