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    Over the past four years, the College of Arts, Science and Technology (CAST)-University of Technology (UTech) Alumni Association has awarded more than C$55,000 in scholarships to 58 students in Jamaica and Canada.
    This was revealed by President of the association, William Woolnough, at the group’s 7th anniversary banquet held recently in Toronto Canada.
    Mr. Woolnough said 25 of the students, who benefitted from awards, are studying at colleges in Ontario Canada and the other 33 are studying at UTech in Jamaica.
    “People, who are familiar with our history, are aware of the love affair of the Jamaican people with education as it is seen as a vehicle of upward mobility. The university’s alumni associations have set out to help aspiring students achieve their goals of obtaining a college education,” he said.
    President of the UTech Professor Errol Morrison, in his remarks, praised the association for the work it is doing and the assistance provided by its members.
    Giving an update on the university, the President said the new Faculty of Law admitted the first set of students in January 2009 and when the second batch is admitted in September, this will increase the number of students in the faculty to 320.
    “Come September of this year, we will also begin the degree of Civil Engineering and opening the School of Public Health and the School of Dentistry. We recently took over the Jamaica Institute of Management (JIM) and that is called the UTech/JIM campus on Hope Road and from there, we now run the largest Masters of Business Administration (MBA) programme in the Caribbean,” he informed.
    Jamaican-born Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) and Minister of Health Promotion, Margarett Best, who was the keynote speaker, commended the alumni group for its efforts in giving young people access to tertiary education through its scholarship programme.
    “The CAST-UTech scholarships awarded to students attending the University of Technology, and the Ontario scholarships awarded to students of Caribbean descent studying at Ontario colleges, are the finest tribute you can pay to your alma mater. You have demonstrated your commitment to enhancing the life of others by providing a fundamental criterion to success – advanced education.”
    To the scholarship recipients, Minister Best, who is a former lawyer and the third Jamaican to become a Minister in the Ontario Parliament, advised that “when opportunity knocks, it’s not enough to open a door, you must also kick out a window, you must tear down the ceiling and raise the roof.”
    Minister Best also commended UTech for graduating some of “Jamaica’s brightest scientists, leaders and innovators”, including Ontario’s former Speaker of the Legislature, Hon. Alvin Curling.
    Each year, the CAST-UTech Alumni Association acknowledges a distinguished alumnus and the 2009 honouree is Director of Customer Experience and Sustainability at Corporate Express Canada, Andrea Wilson.

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