Technical College outfit with new computer lab
October 2, 2009
Technical College outfit with new computer lab

Students of the SVG Community College’s Division of Technical and Vocational Education are now better equipped to pursue studies in Information Communication Technology, thanks to the Mustique Charitable Trust (MCT).{{more}}

On Tuesday, September 29, 2009, chairman of MCT Roger Pritchard handed over 32 personal computers, a server, printer and two laptops valued at EC$123,000 to the institution located at Arnos Vale.

Dean of the Division of Technical and Vocational Education Joseph Mapp expressed the administration’s gratitude for the timely gift.

The donation came as the institution records its largest intake ever. During the 2009-2010 academic year, the Division of Technical and Vocational Education is expected to have an intake of over 700 new students, almost twice the amount that was accepted in 2008-09. This will bring the division’s population to over 900 students. Mapp explained that this tremendous growth challenges their ability to provide adequate resources to meet students’ needs.

He said he believed it was divine intervention that spurred the MCT to make the donation when the institution decided to accommodate so many students, and encouraged other private sector agencies to offer similar support.

Education Consultant Dr.Veronica Marks said the new computer lab would enhance and support the efforts of the Government under the ninth EDF Improvement of Education to the Youths of ICT project.

She highlighted two Memoranda of Understanding with the University of the West Indies that have allowed the St.Vincent and the Grenadines Community College to offer a franchised Social Sciences programme, as well as a Tourism and Hospitality programme.

Dr. Joel Warrican, Director of the College, told the students they are equal to the students of the other divisions, and encouraged them to take advantage of available opportunities.

Warrican said unlike community college students in the United States who have to pay approximately US$2,500 to US $6, 000 per academic year, Vincentian community college students only have to pay a nominal administrative fee.

“Students, you are the beneficiaries of several privileges. Do not take them for granted,” said Dr.Warrican.

Dr. Jerrol Thompson, Minister of Telecommunications, in his address, said the Education Revolution cannot be denied. He stated St.Vincent and the Grenadines is well on its way to become a knowledge-based society.

Last year the Mustique Company, which employs 1,500 Vincentians, marked its 40th anniversary of operation in St.Vincent and the Grenadines with the launch of the MCT.

The event attended by homeowners raised funds to set the Trust on its way.

The direction of this giving will be towards children, education, poverty alleviation, and medicine to improve opportunities throughout St.Vincent and the Grenadines.