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  • Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill on Friday, October 9, officially opened a Centre of Excellence (Photo Lab/Industrial Arts Centre) at the Grange Hill High School in Westmoreland.
  • The Centre was established through the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) at a cost of $4 million.
  • The facility has provided a cadre of the male population at the school, with viable options for lucrative career paths in photography and furniture manufacturing.

Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill on Friday, October 9, officially opened a Centre of Excellence (Photo Lab/Industrial Arts Centre) at the Grange Hill High School in Westmoreland.

The Centre was established through the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) at a cost of $4 million.

The facility has provided a cadre of the male population at the school, with viable options for lucrative career paths in photography and furniture manufacturing.

Cutting the ribbon to declare the Centre officially opened, Minister McNeill commended the teachers and students, for the high quality of the finished products.

“These three combined areas of the Centre of Excellence here at Grange Hill have put students in a position to actually earn income, while getting practical experiences in a way that will make it easier to assimilate into the tourism sector ,” Dr. McNeill said.

“I think that the project is off to a superb start and I really want to commend the team from the TEF … obviously a lot of thought have gone into the project. Also I want to laud the engagement of the Ministry of Education and the schools which have embraced this so well,” he added.

Principal of the Grange Hill High School, Mr. Errol Stewart told JIS News that the institution has been “very fortunate” to have been chosen as one of the recipients of the Centre.

“We are now in a position to be partnering with stakeholders to engage in the reproduction of items such as strips, items of furniture and visual arts.  Our photographic Department is the show-piece … as we are in the process of creating our own ID for students … thereby empowering our youths towards sustained economic potentials,” Mr. Stewart said.

He also informed that the school has partnered with the Creative Production and Training Centre, which have accredited the photographic course at Grange Hill High School.

“We have started doing weddings, funerals and other occasions/events and want to thank the TEF for the faith they have in us,” the Principal asserted.