Career & Education

Fiona's Flourish

Actress Camille Davis is flanked by members of the first cohort of Flourish girls clad in their branded T-shirts (from left),
Jada-Ann Howell, Shaquanna Graham, Krishna Barnett, Britney Morgan, Angel Walfall, Melisa Reynolds, Kadesha
Mitchell, Mickhaila Clarke and their mentor Fiona Burke.

WE see altruism in many forms every day: big companies throwing money at young athletes to purchase gear; doctors embarking on health care drives; service clubs building schools and libraries in communities. But for freelance communications specialist Fiona Burke, the project is much closer to home ... Read More

The university described the move as a mechanism to mitigate and prevent delinquency in paying tuition fees. New UTech fee jerks students
CLAUDINE Campbell, a student at the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech), may not be able to be ... Read More

Eniola Johnson (right) receives the third place award from
Jamaica Observer’s head of Marketing and Communications
Natalie Chin. EduFocal awards top users
SOCIAL learning website EduFocal on Wednesday awarded Danielle Lindo and Tyrese Bryan with $30,000 e ... Read More

Construction Management,
Accounting, UTech The best place to work in Jamaica
Identifying a place of employment is just as important as choosing a career path. Some of the things ... Read More

NCB names Kevon Stewart top boy for 2015

Sunday, July 26, 2015    

The 2015 cohort of NCB Foundation parish champions who were presented with scholarships
from NCB Foundation last Thursday, flank NCB Group Managing Director Patrick Hylton.

EIGHTEEN-YEAR-OLD Kevon Stewart is like a king among his queens. The Campion College graduate is the only male to have been awarded a National Commercial Bank (NCB) Foundation Scholarship for 2015. The scholarships are awarded according to parish. Stewart is the Kingston champion, and top boy, by default. His scholarship values $500,000 per annum, and will cover tuition and related expenses for the three year bachelors degree programme in biotechnology at the University of the West Indies (U ... Read More

Patrenia Williams is NCB's top girl 2015

AINSWORTH MORRIS Career & Education writer | Sunday, July 26, 2015    

Patrenia Williams, the top girl
in NCB Foundation’s
Scholarship Awards
Programme for 2015

WHEN Patrenia Williams received a letter from one of Jamaica's leading financial institutions that she had not been short-listed for a scholarship it was offering, she felt admittedly down-trodden. However, little did the 19-year-old young woman from Merrywood, St Elizabeth, know at that time that there was something bigger in store for her. Last Thursday, she was named parish champion for St Elizabeth, and ultimately, top girl in the National Commercial Bank (NCB) Foundation's Scholarship Awa ... Read More

UTech launches business education association

Sunday, July 26, 2015    

UTech campus at Papine in Kingston

THE business and computer studies programme in the School of Technical and Vocational Education at the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) has launched a Business Education Association to support the development of business education in Jamaica. The ceremony was held on the UTech Papine campus. A release from the school said the association seeks to: * provide leadership support for the direction of business education in Jamaica * support instruction for preparing individuals to funct ... Read More

IDB, UWI build project management skills of CSOs

Sunday, July 26, 2015    

(From left) Keith White, workshop facilitator; Dr William Lawrence, Director, Mona School of
Business; Therese Turner-Jones, Country Representative, Inter-American Development Bank
(IDB) Jamaica; and Prof Claremont Kirton, Deputy Executive Director, UWI Consulting, at the
start of last week’s IDB-sponsored project management workshop for Civil Society
Organisations at the UWI headquarters, Mona.

THE Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the University of the West Indies (UWI) have partnered to build the project management skills of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Jamaica. To that end, the IDB funded and facilitated a three-day workshop last week, July 22-24. It was called Project Cycle Management and was done in association with UWI Consulting, the university's professional advisory service arm, and the Mona School of Business & Management. Speaking at the launch of the ... Read More

Samsung Smart

Sunday, July 26, 2015    


(From left) Karen Gardner, sales manager at Samsung Electronics; Gary Masters, president of the Quest Preparatory School Parent- Teachers' Association; and Lesmar McClean, principal of the school, supervise students using computers in the newly opened resource room called Samsung Smart School Classroom. The room was outfitted by Samsung at an estimated cost of US$20,000, and is part of the prize package for Quest's win last year of the Samsung Cup Youth Football tournament. Samsung Smart --> Read More

Lavois' Legacy

Sunday, July 19, 2015    

Lavois Cruickshank is the second recipient of the
University of Birmingham and Jamaica National
Foundation Legacy Scholarship. The scholarship
covers tuition for the duration of a master’s
programme at Birmingham Business School.

TWENTY-TWO year old Lavois Cruickshank is the recipient of the 2015 University of Birmingham and Jamaica National Foundation Legacy Scholarship. He recently completed an undergraduate double major degree in economics and finance and will head to Birmingham Business School this fall to pursue a Masters in Financial Economics. "It is still surreal to me," Cruickshank said. "I am still in amazement. I was really surprised when I saw the scholarship offer in my email, because I personally knew som ... Read More

'It can be done'

Sunday, July 19, 2015    

Eighteen of the 40 students
at Ensom City Primary who
scored GSAT averages of 90
and above in this year’s
sitting of the high school
entrance exam.

'DEDICATION' was the one word that surfaced again and again when the Jamaica Observer spoke with teachers and administrative staff at Ensom City Primary School in Spanish Town about the reason behind the school's phenomenal Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) scores this year. Forty of the 196 students who sat the exam this year got averages of 90 per cent and above, with 21 of those being 95 per cent and higher. One girl got a perfect 100 across the board. That's no mean feat for a school whic ... Read More

IDB funds study on early childhood learning

Sunday, July 19, 2015    

Principal of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Prof Archibald
McDonald (right) presents a copy of the signed technical
cooperation contract for the Jamaica Birth Cohort Study Phase 2,
to Therese Turner-Jones (centre), country representative of the
Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Witnessing the
exchange are (from left) Dr Maureen Samms-Vaughn, principal
investigator with JA KIDS, Department of Child & Adolescent
Health, UWI; Janet Quarrie, project analyst, IDB; and Prof Horace
Fletcher, Dean of the Faculty of Medical Sciences

THE Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is funding the second phase of JA KIDS: Evaluation of Early Learning Environments, a national birth cohort study of Jamaican children which will evaluate the early childhood learning environments which impact the nation's children. JA KIDS, which is being executed by Professor Maureen Samms-Vaughn and a team from the Department of Child and Adolescent Health at the University of the West Indies (UWI), will benefit Jamaica by providing the health, educa ... Read More

Explaining why you got fired

CAROLYN SMITH | Sunday, July 19, 2015    

Carolyn Marie SMITH

Dear Career Advisor: My boyfriend was fired for inadvertently disclosing company information on social media. He is now seeking a new job, but how does he explain these circumstances to a potential employer? Maria B Dear Maria: Explaining why you were fired is one of the toughest job interview questions individuals in those circumstances will have to face. There is no simple way around it, but the exact circumstances will guide the direction the interviewee's response will take. Your friend ... Read More

Doctors: Big bucks to be had from medical, dental education

Sunday, July 19, 2015    

Scores of Jamaicans go to Cuba to pursue degrees in medicine each year (OBSERVER FILE PHOTO)

SOME of Jamaica's top medical professionals are convinced that the island would benefit immensely from being a hub of medical and dental education. Among them is consultant surgeon and Dean of Caribbean School of Medical Sciences (CSMSJ), Jamaica Dr Neville Graham. Addressing the second Seminar on Opportunities and Pitfalls of Medical and Dental Education in Jamaica and the Caribbean at the institution's Waterloo Road campus recently, Dr Graham juxtaposed the shortage of health care workers in ... Read More



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