March 13, 2009
Caine to head Community College

Veteran educator Marcus Caine has been tipped to lead the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Community College as it moves into the latest stage of its evolution.{{more}}

Caine was offered the position of Director after he impressed the Community College Board of Directors during a recent interview.

He was one of three persons who interviewed for the position of Director, which was last held by Dr Veronica Marks.

Caine is currently acting in the position while negotiations to work out the terms and conditions of his appointment continue.

Caine was the first principal of the Divisions of Arts, Science and General Studies of the College and served in that capacity for nine years.

Speaking to SEARCHLIGHT earlier this week, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors of the College, Reuben Robertson, said that things are falling into place for the newly amalgamated institution.

Recently, controversy stirred when lecturers at the various divisions of the College voiced concerns about their long-term security.

Under the new structure, the lecturers will be employed by the Community College and not the Public Service.

However Robertson said that those controversies have been put to rest, and said it was more a question of uncertainty, rather than resistance by the lecturers.

He reiterated that none of the employees with the Community College, having come across from the Pubic Service will be worse off for it. They will retain all their benefits, Robertson said.

The St Vincent and the Grenadines Community College is now an amalgamation of four divisions: the Division of Teacher Education (The Teachers’ College), The Division of Technical and Vocational Studies (The Technical College) the Division of Arts, Science and General Studies (formerly known as the Community College) and the division of Nursing Education (formerly the Nursing School).

Robertson, who is acting as the Chairman of the Board of Directors in the absence of the Chairman, Sister Audrey Scott, told SEARCHLIGHT that they will be looking to fill the positions of Deans in the various divisions soon.

The board will be interviewing prospective Deans for three divisions, while the incumbent at the division of Technical and Vocational Studies, Joseph Mapp will remain in place.

Samantha Minors Rouse has appointed Registrar of the College, and the College’s Bursar is expected to be on the job by May this year.