Niagara College launches project in Kingston Jamaica

Niagara College has joined a Canadian effort to help produce employment-ready college graduates in the Caribbean.

On April 1 2014 Niagara College kicked off a three-year project at Excelsior Community College in Kingston Jamaica. In partnership with the Marine Institute of Memorial University in Newfoundland Niagara College will support the development a Logistics Management program at Excelsior. Niagara College and the Marine Institute will work on developing Excelsior’s curriculum in five academic Logistics Management areas including supply chain management strategic procurement and asset management warehousing and distribution transportation logistics and humanitarian and disaster relief logistics.

“This new project not only supports Canada’s international education strategy to develop new partnerships but it supports the increase of new international learning opportunities for our students and staff” said Jon Ogryzlo dean International Partnerships Niagara College. “Through education experience and exchange these partnerships and projects provide opportunities for our students to develop world-ready characteristics a highly valued component of a Niagara College education.”

Two faculty members from NC’s School of Business Rob Shepherd and Holly Catalfamo will be in Jamaica in May. They will be working with colleagues from Excelsior and the Marine Institute on the first stage of the project that includes industry analysis of training needs in logistics and the identification of core competencies required to be successful in this sector. This partnership has also created opportunities for Niagara College students; four students will be completing internships this summer on the island nation.

NC’s effort is one of 16 projects in the Caribbean launched by the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC). As part of the Caricom Education for Employment (C-EFE) program funded by the Department of Foreign Trade and Development the ACCC is working with 12 English-speaking Caribbean countries to help create a uniform educational training system as a driver for economic growth. Projects in each of the 12 participating Caribbean countries will focus on a different specialization. With Jamaica’s focus on renewable energies and logistics Niagara College’s bid was selected by Excelsior due to its expertise in the sector.

“Excelsior Community College selected the collaborative team of Niagara College and the Marine Institute as our Canadian partners in the C-EFE program based on their impressive team dynamic combination of skill-sets and their wealth of experience in international partnerships in the wider global environment and specifically the Caribbean” said Zaria Malcolm director of Research and Corporate Development at Excelsior Community College. “As a team we appreciated their enthusiasm to partner with our institution in developing a first-class logistics management program for our national development goals.”

The project is scheduled to be completed in March 2017.

Niagara College offers more than 100 diploma bachelor degree and advanced level programs at campuses in Welland Niagara-on-the-Lake and Niagara Falls; as well as more than 600 credit vocational and general interest Continuing Education courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences advanced technology media applied health and community safety supported by unique learning enterprises in food wine beer horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit NiagaraCollege.ca.

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