A Vermont resident, Gumbs was selected for the prestigious award by The College of Scholastica, which is located in Minnesota and was founded in 1892.
Speaking with SEARCHLIGHT, the St. Martinâs Secondary School (SMSS) teacher said that he was notified of his latest achievement last December; and was “taken abackâ by the award.
“I am pretty surprised about it because to be reviewed by a group that is way more advanced than you, in terms of the I.T facilities and so forthâ¦ and for them to take an interest in a programme that is happening outside of the United Statesâ¦ the magnitude of receiving that award is great!â he enthused.
Gumbs said that it took a while for the reality of the award being bestowed upon him to sink in.
“From ever since, they have being giving it [the award] to American citizens. So, I was like how come theyâre taking this kind of interest in someone outside of the country?â
Gumbs is also the founder and director of the STEM SVG Summer Programme; for which he was evaluated to receive the Young Alumni Award.
A group of professors at the university had been discretely evaluating his work as an educator and with the STEM programme; and found him to be one of the few graduates within the Computer Information System department who had extended his knowledge beyond the confines of his vocation and had been able to influence the lives of others.
Gumbs further expressed deep gratitude to the SMSS for hosting his STEM programme, which this upcoming summer will be entering its fifth year of operation.
“This programmeâ¦ could not have achieved the success and popularity it has gained without the support of the facilitators, sponsors and businesses which have been magnanimous in their contributions to the programme,â he explained.
Gumbs further noted: “Plans are already being devised to offer more options to students who attendâ¦ One of the planned activities is a luncheon for secondary school students who will be exposed to employment strategies.â
With registration for this yearâs STEM summer programme scheduled to begin in March, Gumbs said that he will be working with more organisations and businesses to “ensure that the participants are exposed to a one-of-a-kind learning experienceâ.
The Vermont resident completed a Bachelorâs degree in Computer Information Systems at The College of Scholastica in 2009, and spent several years working within that field in Minnesota.
To date, there have only been four Vincentians enrolled at that university in the history of its existence â with his brother and sister currently studying there, too. (JSV)