HLSCC Boosts Community Approach

Javon Liburd, Staff Reporter | 0 Opinions
Published: June 15, 2017 10:44 am AST
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The H. Lavity Stoutt Community College has increased their approach to the community of the Virgin Islands, in efforts of dispelling notions that persons might have about the purpose of the institution.

The college has since advanced from its sky-high banners, to a vivid magazine that illustrates reasons why persons should attend the college.

The magazine highlights 104 portfolios of individuals who attended the college, for various reasons, be it to transfer, for a promotion, or to simply learn a skill. The individual portfolios also highlight these persons’ life after leaving the institution.

Speaking with Ms. Janet Smith, President of the college, she noted that some persons of the community are of the view that the college is primarily for young high school graduates, who are looking to transfer to an international institution. To this, President Smith noted that this is far from the truth.

“We are a community college. We do not only focus on students who want to transfer; it’s a combination of students looking to transfer to international institutions and persons who need an upgrade for some reason.”

She added, “We also serve persons of the older community, who want to get ahead. It doesn’t matter what their age is, doesn’t matter whether or not they completed high school; they can get enrolled in certain programmes to get them moving forward.”

She continued, “We think that it is important that the community be aware of the impact that we have on the community, as far as preparing students for the next step, as well as helping people advance in their careers or new jobs.”

This, she indicated, is a direct influence on the economic stability of persons of the community and the country on a whole.

The college intends on circulating these magazines at various functions and events, as well as in supermarkets, public offices and other establishments where persons can take in the information.

“We are a community college and we want to encourage people to take advantage of exactly what we do,” President Smith said.

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