Jamaica Observer http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/ JamaicaObserver.com, the most concise and in-depth website for news coverage on Jamaica and the Caribbean. Updated daily 7 days a week, 24 hours a day en-us copyright Jamaica Observer, 2011 The Lumsden-Black Tradition http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/High-performing-GSAT-Jenecia-chooses-Morant-Bay_67148 JENECIA Black scored a Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) average of 95 (99 for maths, 99 for language arts, 100 for science, 98 for social studies, and 10/12 in communication task). It’s a score that could have easily qualified her for any of the traditional Corporate Area high schools. But the 11-year-old chose to stay in her home parish instead and will attend Morant Bay High, her first choice, in September. Local Education Sun, 24 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Bryan takes EduFocal’s CSEC award http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Bryan-takes-EduFocal-s-CSEC-award_68103 Tyrese Bryan (centre) was awarded $30,000 at Thursday’s EduFocal Excellence Awards at Jamaica Pegasus for being the top CSEC user of the EduFocal.com learning platform. He also received prizes from sponsors Rainforest Seafoods, British Caribbean Insurance Company, Honey Bun Ltd and Worldwide Novelties. He is flanked by (from left) director of education programmes at Jamaica National Foundation Dr Renee Rattray, his mother Nicole Bryan, founder and CEO of EduFocal Gordon Swaby, and content and operations manager at EduFocal Godiva Golding. Local Education Sun, 24 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Salome Thomas-EL to headline JN leadership summit http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Salome-Thomas-EL-to-headline-JN-leadership-summit_68042 The JN Foundation is expected to host its school leadership summit tomorrow, Monday, July 25 and Tuesday, July 26 at the Jamaica Pegasus. Local Education Sun, 24 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT EmpowerFest to issue $150,000 in back-to-school support today http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/EmpowerFest-to-issue--150-000-in-back-to-school-support-today_68091 Mind Food International and Grennell’s Driving School will be issuing back-to-school support worth $150,000 at the Jamaica Conference Centre today when they host EmpowerFest, an annual personal development seminar. Local Education Sun, 24 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT ‘I’m glad I took my wife’s advice’ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/-I-m-glad-I-took-my-wife-s-advice-_68068 Not many men are prepared to take their wife’s advice, particularly when it comes to treading on new ground. However, Alrick Parris is not one of those people, but it took some prodding. Local Education Sun, 24 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT 10 Ways to make the most out of your summer internship http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/10-Ways-to-make-the-most-out-of-your-summer-internship_68076 Once Elizabeth Swaby, brand manager, Pepsi Jamaica steps into a room, you feel her charismatic energy. That effervescent personality has been a permanent accessory for this young executive since her days interning at some of Jamaica’s leading companies. But it was enthusiasm, hard work and consistent delivery of high quality work which she felt distinguished her from her colleagues during the period and laid the foundation for a smooth transition into the world of full-time work. Local Education Sun, 24 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT When is a good time to ask for a raise? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/When-is-a-good-time-to-ask-for-a-raise-_68088 Dear Advisor: Local Education Sun, 24 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Is a debt-free college education possible? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Is-a-debt-free-college-education-possible-_68062 BOOK: Debt-free U: How I paid for an outstanding college education without loans, scholarships, or mooching off my parents Local Education Sun, 24 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Summer reading camps begin tomorrow http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Summer-reading-camps-begin-tomorrow_68077 Jamaica Intensive Reading Clinic will be staging its islandwide Summer Reading Camp this week — July 25 to 29. Local Education Sun, 24 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Major keys for international college admissions — Part 1 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Major-keys-for-international-college-admissions---Part-1_68092 I’ve spent the last week-and-a-half renewing friendships and getting to know new admissions counsellors and college advising professionals from across the world ? in one of the largest meetings of college admission professionals annually — the International Association for College Admission Counseling Conference at Rutgers University in New Jersey and Chicagoland College Tour. It’s been a reaffirmation of some things I already knew; some information on ever-changing financial aid policies and possibilities to be expected in an increasingly complex and dynamic field; new issues being faced by students and colleges alike, and new institutional responses. Here are three of the ?#majorkeys parents and students should know: Local Education Sun, 24 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Stem Lego Robotics workshop a fun way to give back http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Stem-Lego-Robotics-workshop-a-fun-way-to-give-back_67477 Owen Kirk and Bryce Ware, two Los Angeles youth ages 10 and 11, are in Kingston for the month of July accompanying their mother/aunt on a visit to her Kingston business office to fulfil their desire to share with students of their age group some of their years of experience being a part of the FIRST Lego League Jr (Jr FLL) in Southern California. Local News Mon, 18 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Another GSAT triumph http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Another-GSAT-triumph_67407 AS any parent would, Mildred Walters beamed with pride as she spoke of her daughter’s accomplishment following her sitting of the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) in March, the results of which were recently made public. Local News Mon, 18 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Self-taught artist turns passion into profit http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Self-taught-artist-turns-passion-into-profit_67324 WHEN seeking an office job turned up nil for Kristen Cole, it was the visual art of painting that came to her rescue. The 22-year-old Jonathan Grant High School graduate turned her hobby into a business this January after approximately six months in the wilderness of unemployment. Local Education Sun, 17 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Chronicling childhood http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Chronicling-childhood_66499 HIGH school dropout. Wholesale labourer. Factory worker. Stocktaker and evaluator. Accountant’s assistant. Accountant. Author. Local Education Sun, 17 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT New dorm opens at Jamaica College http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/New-dorm-opens-at-Jamaica-College_67343 The Mayer Matalon Dormitory at Jamaica College (JC) was officially opened on Thursday. Local Education Sun, 17 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Green Pond graduates to take up Sandals’ hospitality training http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Green-Pond-graduates-to-take-up-Sandals--hospitality-training_67155 Sandals Montego Bay has invited graduates of Green Pond High School who have no immediate plans to pursue tertiary education to register with the resort chain’s Sandals Corporate University to take up a six-week hospitality training programme. Local Education Sun, 17 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Are employment agencies worth it? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Are-employment-agencies--worth-it-_67318 Dear Career Advisor Local Education Sun, 17 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT IBM hosts five-day STEM camp at Mico http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/IBM-hosts--five-day-STEM-camp-at-Mico_67291 Starting tomorrow, The Mico University College and partners IBM Canada Ltd and IBM World Trade Corporation (Jamaica) will host a five-day technology camp that will engage teachers and students using STEM methodologies — an integrated problem-based approach that is aimed at developing interest in science, technology and engineering, and maths in the context of the future skill sets required in the marketplace. Local Education Sun, 17 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Science lab reno for Mannings http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Science-lab-reno-for-Mannings_67271 Science students at The Manning’s School in Westmoreland should be able to carry out their experiments in improved facilities when school resumes in September, as renovation of the 35-year-old laboratory is expected to get underway this week. Local Education Sun, 17 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT UTech stages scientific conference this week http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/UTech-stages-scientific-conference-this-week_67312 The Faculty of Science and Sport at the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) hosts its fourth annual International Scientific Conference under the theme, ‘Science and Innovation in Response to Development Imperatives’ this Wednesday and Thursday on the Papine campus. Local Education Sun, 17 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT How to recover from teacher burnout http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/How-to-recover-from-teacher-burnout_67272 Last time, we discussed teacher burnout — which we described as a state of extreme physical, emotional and cognitive exhaustion resulting from long-term stress — and pointed out that the condition needs to be actively and consistently addressed in order for recovery to take root. Local Education Sun, 17 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT HEART promises to improve customer service http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/HEART-promises-to-improve-customer-service_67302 AMIDST mounting concerns from various groups across the island regarding access to information on programmes and services provided by the HEART Trust NTA, chairman of the Trust, Maxine Wilson, has said that the Trust will be launching a customer engagement centre to monitor all such related queries. Local Education Sun, 17 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT National PTA turns 10 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/National-PTA-turns-10_67331 The National Parent-Teacher Association of Jamaica (NPTAJ) is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Local Education Sun, 17 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Rated A! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Rated-A-_67270 Executive chef at Sandals Royal Caribbean Salvatore Cusimano prepares fruit plates while explaining the role of the pantry in the kitchen to Everton Burke and Jodi-Ann Cameron of the Recognising Abilities through Training and Employment Development (RATED) programme. Burke and Cameron were among 16 students who recently toured sections of the facility, located in Montego Bay, St James. Local Education Sun, 17 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT High school student runs own company http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/High-school-student-runs-own-company_66602 SINCE she has ‘known herself’, Shanice Sinclair has been focused on making money. For starters, she comes from a family of entrepreneurs — her mother owned a catering company, while her aunt operated two nurseries. She remembers organising her friends to run a spa in prep school, and of course getting into much trouble. Come eighth grade, she taught herself how to use Photoshop and made flyers for interested people — at a cost, of course! Her latest and most long-standing venture is her headband business, called Minx Supply Co. Local Education Sun, 10 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT