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A new 300-seat lecture theatre valued at $35 million was handed over to the Montego Bay Community College in St. James on April 4, by Scotiabank Jamaica Foundation.
The state-of-the-art facility will allow the college to expand its curriculum to offer degree programmes in hospitality and tourism management, and management information systems in business studies, to a larger number of students. The theatre will also be an income generating project for the school, allowing them to host conventions and conferences.
Handing over the lecture theatre to the college, President and Chief Executive Officer of Scotiabank Jamaica and Deputy Chairman of the Foundation, William Clarke said that his organization was pleased to have extended its relationship with the college, to improve the educational offerings of the facility.
“In this new environment, both government and private organizations need to identify creative strategies which will help them to independently generate funds to take care of their needs and improve their organizations. Our investment in this lecture theatre is a demonstration of the Foundation’s firm belief that education is the only way to guarantee upward mobility for many young Jamaicans,” Mr. Clarke said.
“Let this lecture theatre be your new seat of wisdom, the centre of learning for the community, a facilitator for thought-provoking conversations and discussions on how to seize the day and the place where great decisions will be made on how to capitalize on opportunities,” he told the students.
Executive Director of the Broadcasting Commission, Cordel Green, in his address noted that the ultimate measure of the education delivered by the college and the lecture theatre to students, must be the extent to which a graduation certificate confirms the graduate not simply as someone who has passed examinations, but more importantly, that the graduate is an excellent human being.
“A college such as this one, should essentially be concerned with composing and shaping the highest quality, the personal biographies of its students. That composition must involve discipline, hard work and competence,” Mr. Green emphasized.
He stressed that every student of the institution should be compelled to compose a biography that spoke eloquently about the pedigree of the Jamaican people as members of the Caribbean community, from which has come Nobel laureates Derrick Walcott and Sir Arthur Lewis, and Rex Nettleford, Vice Chancellor Emeritus.
“The biography of every student of the college must declare that their cultural heritage and intellectual history are world class and that the Caribbean community which we call home, has made an international footprint that bears no relation to its collective size, age and global ranking,” he added.

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