The Council of Community Colleges of Jamaica (CCCJ) will host its annual conference from June 7-9 under the theme ‘[email protected]:Transforming Lives: Embracing Student-Centredness’. Story Highlights The conference, which forms part of the Council’s 15th anniversary celebrations, will be held at Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall in Montego Bay, St. James. The Council of Community Colleges of Jamaica (CCCJ) will host its annual conference from June 7-9 under the theme ‘[email protected]:Transforming Lives: Embracing Student-Centredness’.The conference, which forms part of the Council’s 15th anniversary celebrations, will be held at Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall in Montego Bay, St. James.Addressing a JIS ‘Think Tank’ recently, Executive Director of the CCCJ, Dr. Donna Powell Wilson, said in all that the Council does, the students are their focal point.Therefore, some of the conference topics will be: maintaining a student-friendly environment, diversity in the tertiary environment, learning to learn, social media in the teaching and learning process, CCCJ platform to higher education, and encouraging a healthy lifestyle.“Students are our clients, so we have to ensure that they are satisfied,” Dr. Powell Wilson said, adding that some of the conference features will include: panel discussions, exhibits, plenary sessions, presentations, networking and demonstrations.“What is important about this year’s event is that we will have more presentations from faculties within the community colleges and increased student participation, because we want to hear from our students,” she said. Keynote speaker will be Dr. Cynthia Wilson from the League Innovation Community Colleges in the United States of America (USA), who is an expert in community college education.Dr. Powell Wilson pointed out that the conference will have both local and international presenters.The highlight of the conference will be the culmination of a Community College Software Development Competition, where students will be presenting software that they have developed over the past three years. Other activities for the anniversary celebrations are the CCCJ expo, scheduled to take place in August, and a banquet to be held in December.There are eight community colleges in Jamaica operating from 25 campuses across the island. They are Bethlehem Moravian College, St. Elizabeth; Brown’s Town Community College, St. Ann; Moneague College, St. Ann; the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE), Portland; Excelsior Community College, Kingston; Montego Bay Community College, St. James; Portmore Community College, St. Catherine; and Knox Community College in Clarendon.Sponsors for the conference include Monroe College in the USA, Jamaica Copyright Licensing Agency (JAMCOPY), E-Tech Solutions Corporation, EBSCO Information Services and others. The highlight of the conference will be the culmination of a Community College Software Development Competition, where students will be presenting software that they have developed over the past three years. Other activities for the anniversary celebrations are the CCCJ expo, scheduled to take place in August, and a banquet to be held in December.
Young Jamaican entrepreneurs are being encouraged to leverage global networks to expand and grow their businesses. Augmented Virtual Reality is a technology that superimposes a computer-generated image on a user’s view of the real world. Young Jamaican entrepreneurs are being encouraged to leverage global networks to expand and grow their businesses.United Kingdom-based entrepreneur, Nathaniel Peat, who was a presenter at the Global Young Leaders Forum at the Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference in Kingston on July 26, said young people engaged in business should connect with others in their field and combine their skills and talents into their operations.“Find individuals that are better at doing it than you and incorporate them into your team. That enables you to negate the challenges and to get into a position where you can foresee the hurdles that enables you to progress,” he said.One such network highlighted was the Global Entrepreneurship Network that connects entrepreneurs from across 170 countries.Mr. Peat, who is the Chief Executive Officer of GeNNex Elite, a company that manufactures and distributes renewable technology products, said that young Jamaicans can use models of entrepreneurship networks that exist to create a platform for themselves and youth within the Diaspora.“Take advantage of what already exists in the global space of entrepreneurship and introduce something like this in Jamaica where we can have some level of upskilling for individuals…where we can connect with global organisations and find the Jamaicans within these global networks and create the teams and the partnerships,” he said.“Once we engage the global network, we then have the ability for Jamaicans to be in a better position because the network is strong. It is not about who you know, (but) who knows you. The key thing is creating a global entrepreneurship ecosystem. When you have this, it means that if you sow a seed in an area where there is a lot of entrepreneurial growth, thinking, connectivity and partnerships, you are then able to support each other and rise higher.”Mr. Peat also stressed the importance of mentoring young entrepreneurs.“When you add a mentor or coach directly into your business, the statistic associated with successful businesses jumps. The sustainability that exists is solidified because you have somebody that gives direction,” he said.Additionally, he impressed upon the gathering the benefits of technology in promoting their brands to the global market.“There is augmented virtual reality where you can showcase your brand, image, product, service or whatever your business may be worldwide, while still in Jamaica. There are also communication platforms that you can utilise like Zoom, Skype and WhatsApp. All these eliminate travels costs and can engage multiple people from a wide spectrum,” he said.Augmented Virtual Reality is a technology that superimposes a computer-generated image on a user’s view of the real world.Several initiatives were proposed during the forum to help young entrepreneurs. These included: the development of a database of social entrepreneurs and their companies where youth and other persons in the Diaspora can connect with them and offer support. Mr. Peat also stressed the importance of mentoring young entrepreneurs. Story Highlights read more
New Delhi: Following a hubbub at the Press Club of India here on Wednesday, where eminent economist Jean Dreze was supposed to hold a press conference along with journalists who wanted to showcase video footage of the situation in Kashmir after the Central government effectively abrogated Article 370 and Article 35A, the Press Club of India has put out a statement, listing the facts of the day.On Wednesday, there were claims that the PCI had denied the organisers permission to show the video footage, but the Press Club in its statement mentioned that the organisers had not specified that they would need the facilities to show video footage. It said that the box for whether such facilities would be required was left empty because of which it assumed that it would not require the video facility. In its statement, the PCI said that the conference hall booked by the organisers had a capacity of 60 people and when the event was supposed to begin, 250-300 people had arrived, due to which the PCI said there was a “stampede like situation”. The PCI then asked the organisers to move to the ground floor lawn for holding the press conference. However, because no facilities to show video footage were available on lawn, the event could not proceed with it. The Press Club added, “The Press Club of India regrets the conduct of some of the persons, on behalf of the organizers, who are spreading the rumour that the PCI had withheld permission to show videos which is totally false and concocted. By twisting facts and presenting a totally different picture, PCI is being dragged into an unseemly and uncalled for controversy. The PCI has always given space to different organisations for holding their seminars and press conferences and uphold the freedom of expression as guaranteed in our Constitution and will continue to do the same in future. The PCI also abhors the tendency to spread baseless rumours on social media and websites about the institution.” read more