On January 5, Niagara College (NC) staff and local dignitaries joined Jamaica’s minister of education, the Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites at Excelsior Community College (ECC) in Kingston, Jamaica for the launch of their new Logistics Program.
In partnership with the Marine Institute of Memorial University (MI) in Newfoundland, NC supports the development of the Logistics Program and will continue over the next two years to assist in five other academic areas including supply chain management, strategic procurement and asset management, transportation logistics and humanitarian and disaster relief logistics.
Among those who participated in the launch was ECC’s principal, Philmore McCarthy, MI’s international program officer, Mackenzie Young, NC’s vice-president of student and external relations, Sean Kennedy, NC’s Dean of international partnerships, Jon Ogryzlo, NC Faculty of Business staff members Holly Catalfamo and Rob Shepherd and NC’s Student Administrative Council president, Shane Malcolm.
Malcolm, a Jamaican graduate of the Culinary Management and Hospitality and Tourism Management programs at NC, was selected to present at the Council of Community Colleges Jamaica (CCCJ) Conference on the importance of student engagement in a college setting and the factors needed to successfully run community colleges in 2015.
“It was a pleasure to represent NC at the conference. I am always excited to showcase how my Jamaican experience and Canadian education has worked hand in hand to make me the successful leader that I am today,” he said.
The implementation of the new program at ECC allows NC to further develop new partnerships with other international colleges. It also increases the international learning opportunities for NC staff and students by providing global internships and experiences for them to become world ready.
This partnership was made possible by College and Institutes Canada and is funded by the Department of Foreign Trade and Development. The project is scheduled for completion in March 2017.