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The H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC) will be offering a wider range of courses in the marine programme, including dock maintenance and mangrove studies.
This was related by President of HLSCC, Mrs. Judith Vanterpool, who at a recent gathering said, “The development of the marine programme is now one of my key passions.”
She explained that there are new staff members at the college who are working towards the expansion of the marine programme.
“One who is an experienced captain. He has worked with the Moorings, he has worked with Sun Sail, he has worked with the Nanny Cay group. He knows the sea, he knows the water, he knows marine life,” she stated.
The other member of staff, she noted, will have an oversight role.
“We want to offer more marine education, for example, one of our projects is going to be focused on the study of the mangrove. This person has expertise in environmental studies. That person will be able to lead studies in the region on the environment,” the President divulged.
The HLSCC President went on to say that HLSCC is aiming towards leading the studies on climate change in the future, not just in the BVI, but throughout the region.
Dean of Workforce Training for HLSCC, Mrs. Bernadine Louise shared that currently, the college offers marine conservation and biology studies.
“We have the boat captain training and we also have the dock maintenance segment,” she related, as she divulged that they will be offering more short courses on dock maintenance.
Mrs. Louise explained that the legal ramifications need to be put in place before these courses are rolled out. However, she confidently declared that they have already prepared the course itself while they await the technical issues to be ironed out.
The college will also be looking to the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) for assistance in developing the marine programme.