Careers & Education

Stephen Williams The bee farmer

Williams attends to the bees on his farm. (PHOTO: PETRI-ANN HENRY)

FIVE boxes of bees, one smoker, one extractor, a veil and hive tools were what it took to get Stephen Williams formally started in the bee farming business in 2010. These donations from Food for the Poor have been credited with making Williams the successful businessman he is today. The 54-year-ol ... Read More

PASSELLE… every day is going to come with its own challenge Natalee Passelle chases her dreams
NATALEE Passelle has always dreamed of being a successful, influential businesswoman. And over the y ... Read More

THOMAS… I am looking forward to excelling in my academic
pursuits Legacy Scholarship recipient announced
TWENTY-YEAR-OLD Chris-Ann Thomas is the recipient of the inaugural University of Birmingham and Jama ... Read More

Sasaki looks closely at a bag design. Casual bag workshop helps entrepreneurs
THE Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC), with support from the Japan International Corpo ... Read More

St John Ambulance hosts health, info fair for students

Sunday, August 31, 2014    

Children get oral health care
tips at the St John Ambulance
health and information fair.

ST John Ambulance helped dozens of children in and around its Camp Road headquarters with health screenings and medical information just in time for back-to-school season at a health fair last Saturday. Apart from the several free health screenings and medical examinations, parents and children were shown how to render assistance in certain types of medical emergencies such as choking and heart attacks. The trainers also explained how to improvise and to use things readily available in their o ... Read More

Yordel Jackson, Arctic explorer, wants to share her experiences

BY KIMBERLEY HIBBERT Career & Education reporter | Sunday, August 31, 2014    

Yordel Jackson, Arctic explorer,
wants to share her experiences

YORDEL Jackson, 17, is keen on making another Jamaican child experience the Arctic like she did in July, when she and five other students participated in the Students on Ice Expedition in Canada through a scholarship facilitated by the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board. The trip costs about CD$15,000. Jackson has already approached financial institutions to sponsor a student in Jamaica to go on this trip in July 2015 and has put some of her personal funds towards the venture, but ne ... Read More

Abigail Cameron scores 9 big ones

BY KIMBERLEY HIBBERT Career & Education reporter | Sunday, August 31, 2014    

Abigail and her dad Andrew.

ABIGAIL Cameron is $45,000 richer today, as her father Andrew made a deal that for every grade one she received in her Caribbean Secondary Examination Certificate (CSEC) exams, he would pay her $5,000. So the young girl, who graduated with honours from Campion College, received nine grade ones, all with straight A profiles. Abigail also received the highest score for mathematics in Jamaica. Now, as her father prepares to meet his end of the bargain, Abigail, 17, is preparing for sixth form at ... Read More

Grace awards employees' children

Sunday, August 31, 2014    

Brianna Lindo (right), recipient of a Carlton Alexander
bursary, makes a point to GraceKennedy group CEO Don
Wehby (second right). Looking on are other bursary
recipients (from left) Dwayne Campbell, Darienne Spalding
and Pavielle Griffiths.

THE GraceKennedy Foundation has awarded 28 of their employees' children with bursaries totalling approximately $1.44 million. These students were awarded at the foundation's annual Carlton Alexander bursary presentation ceremony on August 26. Don Wehby, group CEO, said the students represent the cream of the crop of the children whose parents have built and continue to build GraceKennedy into the multi-million dollar company it is today. "Each year, we receive hundreds of applications from st ... Read More

Manchester Co-op awards $750,000 in bursaries

BY ALICIA SUTHERLAND Observer staff reporter | Monday, August 25, 2014    

Top GSAT student for the parish of Manchester Beloushii Levy with her mother
Rose-marie Williams at the Mandeville Hotel following the awards ceremony,
where she received a bursary from the Manchester Co-operative Credit Union.

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — The Manchester Co-operative Credit Union has this year assisted 21 students with their back-to-school expenses through bursaries valued at $750,000, the co-op's leaders say. The audience at an awards ceremony held recently was told that 15 of the recipients are students who performed creditably in the high school entrance Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT). They are all Treasure Chest Youth Savings Account holders at the Co-op and were given $10,000 each towards t ... Read More

Calling all math teachers

Monday, August 25, 2014    

Education Minister Ronald Thwaites (right) commends Loren Sailsman (left), mathematics
specialist at the Spot Valley High School, on his contribution to the improvement in performance
of students at the St James school. Occasion was the launch of ‘Math Counts’ initiative last
Thursday at Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort in Montego Bay. Looking on is member of Parliament
for East Central St James, Edmund Bartlett. (PHOTO: JIS

THE Ministry of Education is inviting teachers of mathematics to come forward to be trained as specialists in the subject. Portfolio Minister Ronald Thwaites says at least 200 specialists are needed to address needs at the primary and secondary levels. The minister, who was speaking at the official launch of the national mathematics programme called 'Math Counts' at the Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort in St James last Thursday (August 21), said the ministry is prepared to incentivise the move to g ... Read More

Guardian Life 'invests' $2m in students

Monday, August 25, 2014    

The proud GSAT scholarship and grant recipients pose with Guardian Life’s President Eric Hosin (centre, back) and Miss Jamaica
Festival Queen 2014 Anjell Bryan (right), who was guest speaker at Guardian Life GSAT Scholarship Awards Ceremony. Bryan is
also an employee of Guardian Life Limited.

TWENTY-THREE students were last Tuesday presented with scholarships and grants at the ninth Annual Guardian Life GSAT Scholarship Awards Ceremony. The students, who all excelled in the March sitting of the Grade Six Achievement Test, will all begin secondary studies next month. Among the scholarship recipients were Alexander Crooks from St Richards Primary and Victoria Richards from Hopefield Preparatory, who were designated 'top boy' and 'top girl', respectively. Each was presented with a sc ... Read More

LASCO helps young women

Sunday, August 24, 2014    

These three
recipients are
excited about
the cool
products in
their LASCO
gift bags.

EIGHT female students were awarded scholarships totalling $500,000 towards their secondary education courtesy of LASCO Distributors Limited through their Curves brand of feminine hygiene products. The Curves GSAT Scholarship was established to help empower young women across the island by directly aiding their educational pursuits. The top-performing female students were selected from each of the Ministry of Education's (MoE) six regions, in addition to one student each from the schools of the ... Read More

Chadrick Barnes’ college dreams fulfilled by donors

By Cecelia Campbell-Livingston Observer staff reporter | Sunday, August 24, 2014    

BARNES... I am going
to put more effort into
getting good grades,
staying ahead of the

A few weeks ago Chadrick Barnes was on the brink of despair as he saw his dream of attending the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts slipping away. Although he was accepted into the drama programme at the school, he had no means of coming up with the tuition fees. That was until two angels stepped in. Covering a huge chunk of the fees, one of his benefactors, who prefers to remain anonymous, said his giving is actually a continuation of his mother's philanthropic deeds. "When ... Read More

Vaundez Johnson

BY AINSWORTH MORRIS Career & Education | Sunday, August 24, 2014    

JOHNSON... conversations are
always changing

VAUNDEZ Johnson, interactive marketing and social media specialist at LIME, has been working in this capacity with the telecommunications company for the last two years. His job is one of many new career fields created to monitor conversations between the telecommunications company and customers online; and also developed to match the hundreds of new job opportunities that the advent of technology, computers and the Internet has brought into the world. This week Johnson shares with Career & ... Read More



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