Career & Education

After the GSAT storm

“I am glad it’s over; all the
preparation prior to the examamination,
all the presssure from early last year. I
took away her summer [holiday]. I told
her it was just only for a time. I am just
waiting on the result.
— Gayena Byfield
“The exam was manageable. I just
want to relax and do all the stuff I used
to do. I am going to listen to music and
watch my favourite television show.”
— Giselle Byfield
Half-Way-Tree Primary School
School of Choice: Campion College
Karl McLarty

Anxiety and nervousness would have now subsided across the island with the sitting of this year’s Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) last Thursday and Friday. Recognised as a veritable rite of passage from the primary level to secondary level of education, parents, teachers and students execut ... Read More

Table laid with breakfast consisting of eggs, sausages, porridge, fruits, milo and juice for the students. East Central St Catherine GSAT students get support
Since 2015, attorney-at-law Alando Terrelonge and his team have been engaged in a programme dubbed & ... Read More

Professor Neville Ying Mico launches conversation series
The Mico Universiy College announced on Wednesday that it will begin a series of public discussion f ... Read More

Stephen Summers, supply chain manager at Nestlè (right), conducts a live session with Rory at Friday’s Nestlé Needs YOUth career fair. Nestlé Jamaica takes on youth unemployment
Hundreds of students from university campuses across the Corporate Area flocked Alfred Sangster Audi ... Read More

New UTech degree to fill green economy gap

Sunday, March 05, 2017    

Dr Ruth Potopsingh, described as the mother of the just-launched Master of Science in Sustainable Energy and Climate Change at the University of Technology, Jamaica, watches as university president professor Stephen Vasciannie (right) greets Professor Thomas Bruckner, lead author, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and head of division, Sustainable Management and Infrastructure Economics at Fraunhofer Centre for Internal Management and Knowledge Economy in Germany at Thursday's launch of the programme on the Papine campus.(Photo: Bryan Cummings)

The topics of energy and climate change are increasingly dominating conversations from the grassroots to the lecture room and boardroom, but there are precious few locals qualified in the area. Enter the University of Technology, Jamaica. On Thursday, the institution launched a Master of Science in Sustainable Energy and Climate Change, being described as the “first of its kind in the region”. It is the brainchild of associate vice-president of sustainable energy, and head of Ca ... Read More

Beckles’ day!

Sunday, March 05, 2017    

Professor Beckles is an economic historian who was installed as the eighth vice-chancellor of The University of the West Indies in May, 2015.

Mayor of the City of Hartford in Connecticut, Luke Bronin declared last Thursday, March 2, 2017 “Sir Hilary Beckles Day”. His proclamation followed a series of public engagements in the city by the University of the West Indies Vice-Chancellor. In reference to the honour, Mayor Bronin described Beckles’ “global service in the cause of social justice, peace, and sustainable development”. Earlier in the week, Beckles received the prestigious Amistad Award from Cent ... Read More

Deaf we can!

Sunday, March 05, 2017    

The Deaf Can duo of Fabian Jackson (centre), assistant manager, and Stephen McFarlane (second right), manager for the Caribbean Centre for the Deaf’s Kingston campus, with JN Foundation’s general manager, Saffrey Brown (left); general manager, JN Small Business Loans, Gillian Hyde (second left) and assistant general manager Thema Yong, JNSBL, after the Deaf Can team won the JN Foundation’s Pitch for Purpose for social enterprises.(Photo: Courtesy JN)

Social enterprise Deaf Can Coffee has won itself a million-dollar award for topping the inaugural Pitch for Purpose competition mounted by JN Foundation through its Social Enterprise Boost Initiative (SEBI). The team took the stage two Fridays ago to compete with four equally strong competitors who, unlike them, possessed what some would consider two of the most important senses for the occasion — the ability to speak and hear. But Deaf Can defied all odds and not only won the competition ... Read More

Talk like a sailor

Sunday, March 05, 2017    

There is a treasure chest of nautical terms and phrases hidden in common English, including ‘gaff’, ‘to cut and run’, ‘groggy’, and ‘aloof’. Here are a few: Bullseye Conventional usage means you’re right on target. You hit dead centre, you nailed it. It also refers to the centre of a target. It does have a nautical meaning, though. “An oval or circular wooden block having a groove around it and a hole in the centre, through which to r ... Read More

US$31 million and counting

Sunday, March 05, 2017    

Jason Maguire (2nd right), CEO of Heritage Education Funds International (HEFI) presents Ian Myrie, top sales representative in Jamaica and the international market, with his award at the recent HEFI 2017 Blast Off Workshop at the Terra Nova Hotel. At left is Beverly Thompson, CEO, Hulaine Strategic Services, while Kameka Clarke, acting agency director, HEFI Jamaica rounds out the shot.,

Heritage Education Funds International (HEFI) might be celebrating the payout of more than US$31 million in savings and educational assistance (scholarships) to Jamaican families since it opened doors in Jamaica in 1995, but the company is not satisfied. Heritage International Scholarship Trust Plan helps families around the world save for the cost of tertiary education. It is administered by the Canada-based not-for-profit corporation Heritage International Scholarship Trust Foundation which ... Read More

PHOTO: Deaf we can!

Sunday, March 05, 2017    

The Deaf Can team of Fabian Jackson (left), assistant manager, and Stephen McFarlane, manager for the Caribbean Centre for the Deaf’s Kingston campus, make their winning pitch to judges during the JN Foundation’s Pitch for Purpose competition at the Jamaica Pegasus two Fridays ago.(Photo: Courtesy JN)

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Pathways to success

Sunday, March 05, 2017    

General Manager of Global Exchange Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago, Carlos Matallana (right) in discussion with host of CVM at Sunrise Raymond Pryce, following the Pathways to Success seminar at the Mona campus of The University of the West Indies.

Carlos Matallana got his first job flipping burgers during the summer of 2002. He was 18 years old, and only stayed there a “couple months”. From there, he progressively worked his way up, exploring different educational and career fields in the process, among them finance, aviation, automotive, entrepreneurship, and entertainment. He is currently general manager of Global Exchange Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago. Matallana, who was the featured speaker at the career forum &l ... Read More

How can I finance my tertiary education?

Carolyn Marie Smith | Sunday, March 05, 2017    

This Observer file photo shows students standing in line outside the-then Oxford Road home of the Students’ Loan Bureau to submit their applications.

Dear Career Advisor: I need financial assistance to further my studies. The Students’ Loan Bureau (SLB), scholarships and bank loans are not options, as I would be applying as a new student. What other options are there apart from JAMVAT? Yours truly, Marisha Dear Marisha: The decision to further your studies is an important one; commendations for considering this step. We regret that you did not share a bit of your background information, as this would have aided us in understandin ... Read More

TPDCo graduates 21

Sunday, March 05, 2017    

Some 21 people from Olympic Gardens are now better equipped to pursue careers, having graduated from the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo) Culinary Skills Training Programme. The graduation ceremony was held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston on Wednesday. The programme forms part of the ‘Olympic Way Hip Strip’ project being implemented by TPDCo with funding from the Tourism Enhancement Fund. Having completed this extensive training programme, participants who ... Read More

UCJ’s quality assurance week starts tomorrow

Sunday, March 05, 2017    

The University Council of Jamaica, which rubber stamps tertiary education courses and the institutions which offer them, will this week observe Quality Assurance in Tertiary Education Week. It runs from tomorrow, March 6, until the end of the week, with a heavy focus on institutional accreditation. Included in the week of activities are a workshop for assessors and accreditation officers, in Kingston on Tuesday; and workshops for institutions at the Jamaica Conference Centre in Kingston on Wed ... Read More



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