TAMCC Partners With Three Canadian Colleges

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TAMCC has been selected for two of the sixteen institutional partnerships between Caribbean and Canadian Colleges and Institutes for the development of new or renewed programes in some key economic areas. Each of these would be integrally aligned with the needs of employers and operate on the leading edge of skills identification, economic trends and market shifts. Partnerships are supported under the CARICOM – Education for Employment (C-EFE) initiative which is being implemented by the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) in close collaboration with the Caribbean Association of National Training Agencies (CANTA), Association of Caribbean Tertiary Institutions (ACTI), and the CARICOM Secretariat. The ultimate goal of this project is to make our education and training more responsive, applied and demand-driven, in order to equip learners with skills for today’s jobs and those that are emerging. Each partnership will collaborate on the development of a new programme in response to labour market demand.

The C-EFE is a five-year program which is undertaken with a $20M financial support of the Government of Canada, provided through Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD, formerly CIDA). It is designed to support the economic development of the Caribbean region through the strengthening of its Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) system. It will support education and training institutions and National Training Agencies (NTAs) in the region to move from a traditional, academic, supply-driven training system to a more responsive, applied, demand-driven one, that will meet the needs of employers and provide learners with skills required by the labour market.

T. A. Marryshow Community College (TAMCC) and Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) have completed a significant amount of work leading to a fully developed Associate Degree (CVQ Level III) programme in Creative/Cultural Industries which will gain permanence and prominence in TAMCC’s core curriculum. Since the partnership orientation in December 2012 the two institutions have participated in an inception stage and currently well into the implementation phase of the project. Exchange visits have been happening and the activities thus far include a sector LMI survey, meetings with industry stakeholders, study tour, National programming steering sub-committee meetings, adult learning and CBET delivery training, organisational effectiveness training, institutional leadership training, programme design and curriculum development engagements.

T.A. Marryshow Community College is currently preparing to undergo an orientation for its second institutional partnership, this time in Environmental Sustainability Practices. This orientation is the first step in developing a work plan that will lead to the development of occupational standard, curricula, lesson plans, assessment tools and career guidance materials. All programs developed in the C-EFE will meet criteria required for graduates to be awarded a Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ) and materials developed will be shared for use across CARICOM.

TAMCC will partner with Canadore College out of Ontario and Cegep de la Gaspecie et des Iles of Quebec. TAMCC is the only Caribbean Tertiary Institution selected for two partnerships.

If these partnerships are to achieve their expected outcome to make Member States successful and prosperous by improving the skills of their population, as advocated by the C-EFE mandate, Member States, through their training institutions, must as a matter of urgency - as suggested in a report of the thirtieth meeting of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government - give priority to developing a skilled workforce - a larger labour force with more gender equitable participation among disadvantaged groups. They must see the reintegration of “lost youth” and other at-risk communities into the workforce as critical to a successful “new” economy.

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November 19, 2013

TAMCC/Crane Interns celebrate

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St. George’s, Grenada (October 26, 2012) – On Wednesday, October 24, 2012, 34 TAMCC students donned their regal black gowns and caps for their graduation as Associate degree holders and internationally certified practitioners in the hospitality field. The graduation ceremony was held at the Grenada Trade Centre Annex under the theme: Excellence in Service: the paradigm to ensure local and regional sustainability.

The feature speaker at the event was General Manager of the Grenada Cooperative Bank, Mr. Richard Duncan. In his address to the graduates, Mr. Duncan reminded them that “attitude determines altitude. Much of what we do and achieve is driven by perception of self and perception of the world around us. It is true that you can only give what you have. If within you, there is an absence of a conviction of excellence and aspiration to excel, then you cannot deliver excellent service. The good news is that you can acquire that inner drive through self-development and self-motivation”.

 Surana Jones, valedictorian, noted in her address that this year’s interns not only gained 100% passes at the   international American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) examinations, but secured the highest examination average of the interns sitting the exams over the last three years. She challenged the current TAMCC students to rise to the occasion and surpass the set average of 91%. Since the inception of TAMCC’s partnership with The Crane, over 90 students have benefitted from the internship opportunity, and 15 interns have become full employees in Barbados

TAMCC signs MOU with Canadian College

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altThe T.A. Marryshow Community College (TAMCC) and the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC)Canada have entered into an agreement to develop an Associate degree programme in Creative/Cultural studies. The official memorandum of agreement was signed on January 21, 2013 between TAMCC’s Registrar, Dr. Nigel Gravesande and NSCC’s president, Mr. Don Bureaux.

A contingent from the T.A. Marryshow Community College is currently visiting the NSCC to engage in detailed discussions on the implementation of an Associate degree programme in Creative/Cultural studies. The TAMCC contingent includes: Registrar, Dr. Nigel Gravesande, Dean of the School of Arts, Sciences & Professional Studies – Mr. Michael Noel; Dean of the School of Continuing Education – Mr. David Fleming and Human Resources Manager – Mr. Irwin Abraham.

A team from NSCC previously visited Grenada to meet with local stakeholders in the fields of culture and tourism. The TAMCC/NSCC partnership is part of a CARICOM Education for Employment (C-EFE) initiative supported by the Association of Canadian Community Colleges. It is anticipated that the Creative/Cultural Studies programme will be fully developed part of TAMCC’s offerings by 2015.

TAMCC repeats 100% pass rate at AHLA exams

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 St. George’s, Grenada (September 25, 2012) – Thirty-four (34) students of the T.A. Marryshow Community College who completed their internship at the Crane Residential Resort in Barbados have received their results for the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) examinations. The students, who attempted the certification examinations in August, secured 100% passes in their respective areas. Twenty-two (22) students passed the Restaurant Server certification with an average of 88.95%. Four (4) students passed the Front Office Representative with an average score of 93.25% and eight (8) students passed the Maintenance Employee certification with an average grade of 91.88%. The AHLA is widely recognized as the leader in certification of hospitality professionals in all facets of the industry.

 Registrar of the College, Dr. C. Nigel Gravesande stated “I am extremely pleased with the results and it validates our internal assessment of these students in our regular Associate degree programme. Our intention is to have all of our programmes validated by external assessment mechanisms as part of our quality assurance in the delivery of our programmes.”

 This marks the third year that TAMCC students have completed the AHLA certification examinations during their internship at The Crane Residential Resort. The table below shows the success rate over the past three years.

 

2012

2011

2010

 

# of Students

# of passes

Avg. Grade

# of Students

# of passes

Avg. Grade

# of Students

# of passes

Avg. Grade

Certified Restaurant Server

22

22

88.95

18

18

88.66

21

21

88.05

Certified Front Desk Representative

4

4

93.25

9

9

92.67

6

5

86.67

Certified Maintenance Employee

8

8

91.88

6

6

91.5

Maintenance students began internship in 2011

 

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