Minister for Education and Culture, Hon. Myron V. Walwyn declared that there are numerous opportunities for the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College to broaden and expand its present offering. The Minister also encouraged the higher-learning institution to seize opportunities that are presently emerging.
During the Founders Day ceremony held on 15 January, Hon. Walwyn urged the College to look beyond its present state. “We have scores of businesses that are looking for intensive training for staff members to boost their competencies and to also ensure that those very businesses remain competitive. What will your offerings be to those potential clients?”
The Minister also announced that the College can position itself to become a regional institution and attract students from the Caribbean: “Our neighbouring Caribbean counterparts are also seeking to improve the education of their residents. What key programmes can we develop so that instead of heading to the cold weather to study, those students can come to a fully accredited programme, have suitable housing and a top rate education right here in Nature’s Little Secrets,” the Minister pointed out.
Hon. Walwyn further encouraged the College to consider forming other alliances and partnerships that will enable HLSCC to offer more degrees: “We also have many first and second degree graduates that for varying reasons would like to get an additional degree and improve their career prospects, but are unable to travel to the United States, United Kingdom and other parts of the world. What additional alliances can this institution form to satisfy those potential students and also further bolster the competencies of persons residing in the Virgin Islands,” the Education Minister announced.