Of­fi­cial Open­ing of Mon­roe Re­lo­ca­tion

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

At a short cer­e­mony on Fri­day March 11, 2016 Mon­roe Col­lege of­fi­cially opened its cam­pus now re­lo­cated to Vide Bouteille. Her Ex­cel­lency Dame Pear­lette Louisy, Gover­nor General of Saint Lu­cia, cut the rib­bon at the en­trance of the col­lege to cer­e­mo­ni­ously de­clare the col­lege’s new fa­cil­ity open. At the open­ing cer­e­mony Di­rec­tor of Ad­min­is­tra­tion, Mr. Gus Small, noted that this is part of the col­lege ad­min­is­tra­tion’s on­go­ing ef­forts “to make this space friendly and con­ducive to learn­ing.” He stated that the new fa­cil­i­ties are also part of the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s “vision that the Saint Lu­cia Cam­pus be as mod­ern as pos­si­ble, as are the cam­puses in New York”.

Added Mr. Small: “The Mon­roe Col­lege Cam­pus door we are go­ing to of­fi­cially open today is punc­tu­ated by sev­eral facts” and he enu­mer­ated some noted achieve­ments by Mon­roe Col­lege in­clud­ing ranked most af­ford­able Pri­vate Col­lege in New York State (U.S News and World Re­port), and On­line bach­e­lor’s de­gree pro­gram ranked third in New York State (US News and World Re­port).

75 coun­tries are rep­re­sented at Mon­roe Col­lege; over 14,000 stu­dents have grad­u­ated over the past five years with over 40,000 alumni world­wide.

In Saint Lu­cia, Mon­roe Col­lege has grad­u­ated over 500 stu­dents from across the Caribbean re­gion in the past eight years.

The col­lege pro­vides a schol­ar­ship grant of over EC$300,000 to the Gov­ern­ment and peo­ple of Saint Lu­cia an­nu­ally and sup­port for all rel­e­vant ed­u­ca­tional ac­tiv­i­ties, be it Gov­ern­ment or pri­vate en­ter­prises seek­ing to ed­u­cate the peo­ple of Saint Lu­cia and the re­gion.

A team of ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cials, led by Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent Mr. Marc Jerome from Mon­roe Col­lege’s New York cam­puses, was present. The team in­cluded Mr. David Di­mond, Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent; Dr. Jacinth Coult­man, Asst. Vice Pres­i­dent, Aca­demic Af­fairs and Mr. Parkus Ewan, Di­rec­tor, Net­work In­fra­struc­ture.

Mr. Jerome, in brief re­marks, stated that the re­lo­ca­tion of the cam­pus was part of the plan to en­sure that the in­vest­ments made in Saint Lu­cia ben­e­fit Saint Lu­cian and Caribbean stu­dents.

Among speak­ers were Saint Lu­cia’s Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion, Hu­man Re­source Devel­op­ment and Labour, Hon. Dr. Robert Lewis, who urged Mon­roe Col­lege to con­tinue work­ing with the gov­ern­ment of Saint Lu­cia to en­sure it meets its goal of “one univer­sity grad­u­ate per house­hold”. Rep­re­sent­ing the Prime Min­is­ter of Saint Lu­cia was Hon. Lorne Theophilius, Min­is­ter for Tourism, Cre­ative In­dus­tries and Her­itage, who thanked Mon­roe Col­lege for its ster­ling con­tri­bu­tions, not only to ed­u­ca­tion but to Saint Lu­cia’s econ­omy.

The cam­pus was re­lo­cated from Barnard Hill, Castries, af­ter eight years. Classes started at the new cam­pus in Jan­uary 2016.

Gover­nor General Dame Pear­lette Louisy cuts the rib­bon with Marc Jerome to her left

and Dr. Ephraim to her right.

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