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TCICC Launches Exciting 'College Month'

Front row l-r: Mr. Keton Whitter, Chair of Education and Training Faculty, Dr. Candice Williams, President, TCICC, Dr. Barbara Ambrister, Chair of TCICC's Board of Governors, Hon. Rachel Taylor, Minister of Education, Ms. Gemely Lubin, Alumni Association. Back row - l-r: Mrs. Malini Honnegowda, Chair of the Faculty of Technical and Vocational Education; Ms. Michelle Hosten, Chair of the Faculty of Hospitality and Tourism; Ms. Stacy- Ann Lawrence, Chair of the Faculty of Business Administration; Ms. Rachel Harvey, Public Relations Officer and Mr. Kevin Baxter, Dean of TVET.

The Turks and Caicos Islands Community College (TCICC) has embarked on a month of promotional initiatives designed to showcase its evolution under an initiative dubbed “College Month”.

This year’s theme for College Month is “Community, Connection, Collaboration”.

The TCICC College Month aims to foster a stronger connection with stakeholders in various communities, collaborate with industry personnel, and spotlight the contribution of the TCICC Alumni Association. This is to increase the positive visibility of the College to become the institution of first choice for education and training in the Turks and Caicos Islands and beyond.

To this end, the College will increase access to tertiary education for residents in the sister islands as it opens its first of two Satellite Campus Sites. The first site will open in South Caicos, with a second site in North Caicos in the coming months.

The TCI Community College will host a Maritime Stakeholder Engagement session to build human capital in the ‘Blue Economy’. This is scheduled for March 21, 2023, at the Blue Haven Conference Room from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Tour & excursion operators, hoteliers, boat captains, shipping companies, and others within the Maritime industry are required to register to attend. There, they will learn about the various training opportunities (STCW, Boat Captain Licenses among others).

An Open House event will be held at the Grand Turk and Providenciales Campuses that showcase the various programme offerings of each faculty.

TCICC takes the road with its first Campus Tour, which will be held on each island. The public is encouraged to attend these events to learn about the various training and programme offerings, how they qualify for ‘Free Tuition’, and pre-apply for the upcoming academic year.

During this month, the Faculty of Education and Training will host its Trash to Treasure Competition where it gives the opportunity for Teachers, parents and students to be innovative in using recyclable materials and re-imagining.

them to design a creative space for learning for students. While this competition is for the primary grades, high school students can participate in the Open Day and Campus Tour events to learn about the sustainability projects that will be undertaken by TCICC.

Hon Rachel Taylor, Minister of Education, comment on College Month, “It is our government’s mandate to build the Human Capacity of our people. The TCICC will play a pivotal role in helping us achieve this through the strengthening of current course offerings and the introduction of new programs in partnership with our regional and international partners.

It is important that we bridge the skills gap of our country and therefore we will ensure that opportunitiesare afforded to upskill and retool our youth, as well as our lifelong learners as they take advantage of the Free Access to TCICC.”

She continued, “To strengthen our TCICC, we had to address our manpower needs that are intentional and strategic, focusing on Student Support Services, Communication, Human Resource, Quality Assurance and the Financial Management of the institution. I am excited about the future of our TCICC and our collective efforts willyield the desired results.”

In highlighting the importance of the College to the community, she gave an overview of the Ministry’s commitment and President of TCICC, Dr. Candice Williams responded: “This month is just a snapshotof what is happening at the College, and we look forward to the support of students and the general public.”

She continued, “The expansion of the College underscores that significant changes are ahead as the broadening of offers will continue, and the robust TVET programme will aid in building human capital in these beautiful by nature and promising Turks and Caicos Islands.”

Dr. Barbara Ambrister, chair of the Board of Governors, also spoke of the Board’s support of College Month, “…”.

The Board recognises that the success of the College depends on the collaborative efforts of the Ministry of Education, the Board of Governors, the Executive leadership team and the staff of the TCI Community College. Dr. Ambrister

pledged the Board of Governors' full support in helping TCICC achieve its vision of becoming the institution of first choice for education and training in the Turks and Caicos Islands and beyond.

We are collaborating with industry personnel and forming lasting connections with various communities while increasing access to quality education and training programmes, placing this vision within reach.



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