The St Vincent and the Grenadines Community College (SVGCC) will participate in the inaugural Windward Islands Debating Competition (WIDC) which is scheduled to take place in St Lucia from the 2nd – 4th March, 2017. The WIDC will be hosted by the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College and the competition will take place at the Coco Palm Hotel, Gros Islet. The other two participating Colleges are the Dominica State College and the T. A. Marryshow Community College, representing Grenada. The debate will run over a two-day period with teams participating in a semi-final and final round.
The SVGCC will be represented by four students from the Division of Arts Sciences and General Studies. They are: Abigail Scott, Danay Ferguson, Gerard Porter and Aaron Weekes. They will be accompanied by Deputy Director, Mrs. Eula Adams and Communication Studies Lecturer, Ms. Nerline Ballantyne.
The idea of a WIDC originated with the dream of the founder of the Leeward Islands Debating Competition (LIDC) to see the entire OECS engaged in a program of debating as part of a strategy for Caribbean Youth Leadership Development. After seeing the success of the LIDC for over 40 years, Dr J. A. George Irish envisaged this as a logical next step towards an OECS debating championship before 2020.
The competition will be among the four state colleges in the Windward Islands and it will be hosted by a different territory each year. The host country; St Lucia promises to have a live streaming of the competition so that persons in the other territories can follow the proceedings.
1. Goal of the Competition
The WIDC seeks to:
- Develop Students who are skilled researchers/ research skills of students
- Refine students’ public speaking skills
- Promote deeper engagement of tertiary level students
- Inspire other college students and adults viewing debates
2. Vision for the Competition
Through the WIDC, the Community Colleges of the Windward Islands seek to fulfil their mandate as tertiary level institutions to develop the higher order and critical thinking skills of their students by providing them with a forum which is grounded in research, focuses on the planning and organizing of information in a convincing manner and which encourages the framing of evidence-based arguments. The aim of the WIDC is also to reinforce the multidisciplinary approach which is needed to assess the needs of Caribbean societies and nurture critical thinkers who will help shape the democratic societies of the Caribbean region. Thus, the WIDC also seeks to develop confident individuals who are able to speak out on issues relevant to Caribbean development.
It is also hoped that this competition will foster character building and help nurture responsible citizens. Further, the event will serve to promote regional integration, collegial information sharing and cultural exchanges.
The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Community College's, Division of Technical and Vocational Education (DTVE) will host its first annual Career Development Month of activities in March, under the theme "Prepare Today: Success Tomorrow - Your Opportunity, Your Career, Your Future".
The month of activities will be officially launched at the General Assembly on Monday March 6th, 2017, and these activities are specifically geared towards preparing final year students for work.
Throughout the month of March, there will be presentations by various organisations on career paths through vocational training, résumé writing workshops, interview preparation workshops, and opportunities for you to network with potential employers and business partners.
Students wishing to participate any of the specific sessions must complete the registration form that was send to them via email. Registration closes on March 7th, 2017.
Inter-divisional Road Relay, Heats and Sports
The 2017 Inter Divisional Road Relay, Heats and Sports day will be held as follows:
- Road Relay – Thursday 16th March 2017
- Heats – Monday 20th March 2017
- Sports Day – Friday 24th March 2017
Please note that registration closes on Friday 10th March 2017. No names will be added to the Heats list after the 10th March.
Please also register for the Cheerleaders competition and the DJ competition that will be held during the lunch break on Sports Day.
You can register with your sports representative at your respective divisions or with Mr. John, Sports Coordinator.
The QuickCash Corp. Inter Divisional Volleyball competition will begin Tuesday 21st February 2017. You can register with your sports representative at your division.
Persons applying for entry into the SVGCC Division of Teacher Education are asked to note that any academic certificates/qualification documents that you submit with your application that were not issued by the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Community College must be certified by the National Accreditation Board (NAB). The NAB offices are in the Education Annex which is located in the building opposite the Ministry of Education.
The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Community College (SVGCC) invites applications from persons interested in pursuing an Associate Degree in Education at the Division of Teacher Education (DTE) in the following programmes:
- Early Childhood Education
- Secondary Education
Apply online today at: apply.svgcc.vc.
Applicants are strongly advised to read ALL of the instructions and entry requirements on the application site thoroughly before beginning the application process.
Online Applications close on Friday 3rd March, 2017.