Monday 27 January, 2020

BCC is more than a filler between secondary and university education

Graduates going to accept their scrolls during the 44th Barbados Communication College Graduation Ceremony at the newly-renovated Garfield Sobers Sports Complex in Wildey.

Graduates going to accept their scrolls during the 44th Barbados Communication College Graduation Ceremony at the newly-renovated Garfield Sobers Sports Complex in Wildey.

The Chairman of Barbados Community College (BCC) is happy to see that the institution to flexing its academic muscles and proving itself to be more than a preparation ground for university post-secondary education.

Stephen Broome said, “Previously, [BCC] sat in that uncomfortable zone called post-secondary, juxtaposition between the secondary schools and the University of the West Indies.”

But he explained that the college is moving out of this zone and developing its own identity; “This leads me to suggest that Barbados Community College in looking at its future, in looking at the next 50 years, can provide a platform as a ‘second country provider’ to offer educational services especially to our neighbours.”

He gave remarks at the recent 44th graduation ceremony held at the Garfield Sobers Gymnasium in Wildey.

On the occasion, BCC conferred 1019 graduates - 16 Post Graduate Degree Diploma in Education, 86 Bachelor degrees, 688 Associate Degrees, 95 Diplomas and 134 BCC Certificates, in the areas of Arts, Sciences, Applied Arts and Applied Science on the weekend.

Two percent of the graduates or 22 persons graduated with First Class Honors.

The breakdown of the First Class Honors roll included, eight persons with the Bachelor of Science in General Nursing (BSc.), seven persons with the Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy (BSc.), two persons with a Bachelor of Education in Home Economics, one person with a Bachelor of Education in Industrial Arts, one person with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Arts, three persons with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design.

In addition, eight persons are graduating with the Post Graduate Diploma in Education.

The College also recorded two Barbados Exhibitions and one outstanding academic achievement as Antiguan student Malique Marsh attained a perfect grade point average of 4.0.

Broome told the graduates that BCC has given them a platform to find their voice, create their own identity, develop their brand and build confidence.Therefore, as they transition, he implored them to think critically, inspire others, dream big, aim high and most importantly, feel satisfied with the achievement and attainment of their degrees, diplomas or certificates.

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