The CFBC wishes to highlight the accomplishments of Mr. Davey Wigley, a member of the Graduating Class of 2021. We offer sincerest apologies for inadvertently omitting his name, credentials and graduation photograph from the virtual Commencement Ceremony aired on YouTube via CFBC TV on 15 March 2022. Hearty congratulations to Mr Wigley.Read More
The CFBC wishes to highlight the accomplishments of Mr. Naeem Richardson, a member of the Graduating Class of 2021. We offer sincerest apologies for inadvertently assigning the incorrect credentials for the virtual Commencement Ceremony aired on YouTube via CFBC TV on 15 March 2022. Hearty congratulations to Mr Richardson.
The CFBC wishes to highlight the accomplishments of Mr. Hiten Samtani, a member of the Graduating Class of 2021. We offer sincerest apologies for inadvertently assigning the incorrect credentials for the virtual Commencement Ceremony aired on YouTube via CFBC TV on 15 March 2022. Hearty congratulations to Mr Samtani.Read More
At a modest celebration at Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College on March 23, 2022, Ms. Janiecia Powell received the Joshua Obadiah Williams Award. The monetary prize, established in 1995, is awarded to the Division of Teacher Education graduate who receives the top grades in the University of the West Indies Examinations and the teaching practicum. Janiecia, a member of the CFBC Class of 2021, is an Early Childhood Education major who earned a near-perfect GPA.
Janiecia is the daughter of Janice David and Larington Powell, and comes from the quiet neighborhood of Prospect Estate in Nevis. Her educational foundation was laid at V & J Preschool, Ivor Walters Primary School, Charlestown Secondary School, and the Arts, Sciences and General Studies of the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College.
After determining that teaching was her vocation, Janiecia accepted a post at the Gingerland Secondary School. She then set the goal of becoming a trained teacher and eventually signed on for a second stint at the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College, this time in the Teacher Education Division. Janiecia notes:
It was not an easy decision to quit my post at Gingerland Secondary School to join the Early Childhood Education Programme. However, working with children of high school age taught me the value of a child’s early education so, although I enjoyed teaching older students, I believed creating a firm foundation for the younger generation and assisting them on a fundamental level would be more rewarding.
During her two years in Teacher Ed, Janiecia resolved to buckle down and stay focused on her goal. She commends Dean Joycelyn Pennyfeather and the faculty of the Division for their unwavering commitment, thanks them for having confidence in her talents and notes that she will be eternally grateful for their seeing her through her worst days.
Janiecia is also grateful to her supportive teachers, Ms Mason, Ms Caines, Ms Joseph, and Ms Warner; her two sisters,
Downenshea and Vanshea Powell; her best friend Therez Wallace; Nidia Perkins, Javon Greene, and Glassil DeSilva; and Jonella Frazer who provided housing.
Janiecia also thanks the Williams family, particularly Victor and Joyce, who presented the award. She hopes that her path as a professional teacher will alter and mould her in the same way that Joshua Obadiah Williams, who loved to teach, was moulded. Joshua Obadiah Williams was an educator, philosopher, poet, disciplinarian, and humanitarian.
He was born to Albert Victor and Adosha Elisabeth Williams on October 11, 1926, in Barnes Ghaut, Nevis. After completing the Seventh Standard Certificate at 16, he became a pupil- teacher at St. Thomas School in Lowland, Nevis.
He moved to St. Kitts in 1948 where he continued to teach and research. From 1955 to 1957, he attended Barbados; Erdiston Teachers College, after which he taught at the Cayon School and subsequently the St. Paul’s School. In 1965, he enrolled in the University of the West Indies, Mona, where he earned his Professional Certificate in Education.
When he returned to St. Kitts, he was appointed Headmaster of the Molineux All Age School (later renamed The Joshua Obadiah Williams Primary School). Joshua Obadiah Williams retired as headmaster of the Basseterre Boys’ School in the early 1980s. Joshua Obadiah Williams touched hundreds of lives through his teaching, including two of Janiecia lecturers—Gairy Knight and Randolph Taylor— both long-standing teachers. He assiduously followed the curriculum, but also prepared his students for life by reiterating words of wisdom such as:
Look on this World as a mountain,
Think where the millions stop,
There is always a crowd at the bottom,
Push on – there is room at the top.
Joshua Obadiah Williams will always be remembered as a pioneer in education and an advocate of high morals and strong family values.Read More
The Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College’s Virtual Commencement Ceremony for the Graduating Class of 2021 is scheduled for Tuesday March 15, 2022. The ceremony will be presented at 4:30 p.m. via the CFBC TV Channel on YouTube. The link to the ceremony will be made accessible via the College’s website, cfbc.edu.kn. or via the College’s social media pages—Facebook and Instagram.
The keynote address will be delivered by national of St. Kitts and Nevis, Ms. Michele Rannie, a civil litigator currently practicing in New York. The class representative’s address will be presented by Ms. Janiecia Powell of the Division of Teacher Education.
The College applauds the 330 graduands who make up Class of 2021, and is especially delighted to congratulate the 196 graduands of the Divisions of Adult and Continuing Education; Arts, Sciences and General Studies; Health Sciences; Teacher Education; and Technical and Vocational Education and Management Studies who will graduate with
The College looks forward to celebrating the success of the Class of 2021 with their families, friends, and well-wishers both here at home and across the globe; and stands committed to a virtual ceremony to celebrate the achievements
CFBC’S DIVISION OF HEALTH SCIENCES WORKING TO PREPARE REGISTERED NURSES FOR FUTURE COVID-19 OUTBREAKS
(SKNIS): The Division of Health Sciences at the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College (CFBC) is currently facilitating a Nursing Care of the Acute Patient with COVID-19 with Intensive Care Management Training Course. Head of the Division of Health Sciences at the CFBC, Dr. Rondalyn Dennis-Bradshaw, stated that the department recognized its responsibility and decided to prepare registered nurses for any future wave of the deadly COVID-19 virus.
“At this time, the Division of Health Sciences at the CFBC is conducting a Nursing Care of the Acute Patient with COVID-19 with Intensives Care Management Training Course. The Division of Health Sciences at CFBC has recognized its responsibility to our citizens and residents, and to augment the level of preparedness for containment of future waves of the COVID-19 cases. Training of registered nurses in the clinical management
of patients with moderate to severe COVID-19 disease is critical. The seven weeks training for the course entitled ‘Nursing Care of the Acute Patient With CVID-19 with Intensive Care Management’ commenced on June 14, 2021, and will conclude on July 30, 2021,” said Dr. Dennis-Bradshaw.
Dr. Dennis-Bradshaw also indicated that nurses from both St. Kitts and Nevis will be able to attend the training sessions, which will better equip them in competencies with the universal precautions from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The course took into consideration the ongoing social distancing requirements and was available both online and in-person to all registered nurses.
“Registered nurses from both St. Kitts and Nevis will gain the required competency according to the universal precautions from the CDC and World Health Organization (WHO) in areas including systems approach to general nursing care and management core principles for assessing severe acute respiratory infection, the criteria for intensive care unit admissions and specific guidelines for the management of sepsis in COVID-19 patients,” said Head of the Division of Health Sciences.
The facilitators of the training sessions are Mrs. Yolander Belgrave, Intensive Care Nurse, Mrs. Marshalette Smith-Anthony, Nurse Educator and Trauma Nurse Critical Care, and Nurse Educators: Ms. Jodian Stewart, Ms. Julie Blaize and Ms. Kadian Henry. Course designers were Dr. Rondalyn Dennis -Bradshaw, Dean, Division of Health Sciences, Ms. Jodian Stewart, and Mrs. Yolander Belgrave.
The Division of Health Sciences expressed its heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Hazel Laws, Chief Medical Officer; Mrs. Shelisa Martin-Clarke, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Nevis; Senior Management Team of CFBC and the course participants who attended the course as part of their personal and professional development with a
desire to provide evidence-based healthcare for quality health outcomes in St. Kitts and Nevis.Read More
The Joshua Obadiah Williams Award established in 1995 by the Williams’ family, is given annually to the graduating teacher of the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College (CFBC), who has completed the University of the West Indies (UWI) Associate Degree in Teacher Education with the highest GPA, in both the written examinations and the teaching practicum.
On Tuesday, 9 February 2021, at a small ceremony at the Poinciana Conference Room at the CFBC, Mr. Wricherley Gumbs, received the 25th presentation of the Joshua Obadiah Williams Award (EC $3,000). Mr. Wricherley Gumbs also received the Ministry of Education Scholarship Award for the Most Outstanding Student in Teacher Education, the St. Kitts-Nevis Bar Association Award Secondary Teachers Award, the Returning National Association Teacher Award for Best Male Performance and the William Ferdinand and Cynthia M. Dore Award for the Best Student in the Division of Teacher Education. In 2020, he was the recipient of the President’s Excellence for Secondary Teacher Award, along with the Award of Merit.
Joshua Obadiah Williams, after whom the award is named, was born 11 October 1926 in Barnes Ghuat, Nevis, to Albert Victor Williams and Adosha Elisabeth Williams. After attaining the Seventh Standard Certificate, he became a pupil teacher in 1942 at the age of 16 and taught at St.Thomas School, Lowland, Nevis. In 1948, he came to St. Kitts and continued teaching and studying. He went to Erdiston Teachers’ College in Barbados (1955-1957) and on his return, taught at the Cayon School and then the St. Paul’s School. In 1965, he went on to UWI Mona Campus in Jamaica, where he completed the Professional Certificate in Education. On his return to St. Kitts, he was made Headmaster and was assigned to the Molineux All Age School, which was re-named in his honour.
Joshua Obadiah Williams retired from the Basseterre Boys School in the early 1980’s. He will always be remembered as a pioneer in the field of education, an advocate of high morals and strong family values. During his journey along the path of life, he touched hundreds of students, including his favourite Music and Singing Student, Mr. Gairy Knight, and outstanding Mathematics and Quiz student Mr Randolph Taylor, who were Wricherley’s lecturers, mentors, and advisors in the Associate Degree Teacher Education Program at the CFBC.
Joshua Obadiah Williams through the generosity of the Williams’ family, is still touching teachers like past winners of the Joshua Obadiah Williams Award: Ms. Rosemary Govia (2001), Mr. Olston Strawn (2002), Mrs. Colette Lewis (2003), Ms. Natasha Daniel, Mr. Dwayne Weekes (2004), Mr. Lester Morris (2005), Mr. James Morris (2006), Ms. Shenelle Pemberton (2007), Mrs. Sheronne Lowe (2008), Ms. Faith Lewis (2009), Ms. Ella Wangechi Ngunjirl, Ms. Sherilyn Phillip, Mrs. Tresa Willett Herbert, (2010), Mr. Kyle Edwards (2011), Mr. Donato Wharton (2012), Ms. Tamara Morton (2013), Ms Phylicia Warner, (2014), Mr Miguel Thomas (2015), Ms. Shirmel Drew, (2016), Ms. Karina Hanley (2017), Mr. Eustace Davoren (2018) and Mr. Geron Elliott (2019). Mr. Wricherley Gumbs (2020) continues the proud tradition of being a beneficiary of an award, named in honour of a man of noble character Joshua Obadiah Williams.Read More
Basseterre, St. Kitts (CFBC): The Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College (CFBC) has made strides towards the accreditation process by receiving a certificate of registration from the St. Christopher and Nevis Accreditation Board, effective November 1st, 2020. This milestone underscores just the first of many steps aimed at enhancing the College’s overall academic prowess, a core initiative CFBC President Dr. Jacqueline Austin has set her sights on with great passion.
“Essentially what accreditation is about, is mapping what we do—all our systems, procedures, operations—to ensure international best practice and standards,” President Austin further articulated. She cites her concerns of ensuring that CFBC students obtain the very best support they need as a key driver behind securing accreditation, with the process asking probing questions such as, “Do our student services meet international standards?” “Are we offering the requisite counseling services?” “Do we have systems in place for students who need support, from the time of admission to the time of graduation?”
“Overall, we need some of our programs to have a complete overhaul—that’s the reality. So, when students leave the institution, they can hit the ground running. This is an opportunity for us to demonstrate as a Small Island Developing State, that we can achieve excellence, but it takes hard work, determination, and diligence if we are to remain focused on the goal.” Accreditation will compel us to honestly and transparently examine CFBC’s program quality, student learning outcomes and overall quality standards in administrative areas such as finance, technology and student records.
The SAFE program recently awarded 177 students from the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College (CFBC) with
monetary assistance for their studies. Scholarship recipients will be required to perform at least four
hours of volunteer service per month and maintain high academic standards.
Mrs. Patricia Isles Caesar, Assistant Secretary, expressed the challenges faced with incomplete
applications and encouraged students to ensure the applications were correctly and completely filled to
expedite the process. She highlighted that all students must volunteer. “Students who do not fulfill the
requirements will lose their benefits.”
The acronym SAFE stands for Support for the Advancement of Further Education and is awarded to
citizens of St Kitts and Nevis who are enrolled at the CFBC, Nevis Sixth Form College, AVEC or UWI Level
One. The Scholarship covers registration, examination and other fees. An allowance of $1000 will be
paid at the end of the academic year to students who attain a passing grade in any two of the following
subjects: French, Spanish, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Pure or Applied Mathematics.
“It’s in your hands to ensure you put in the work, volunteer and hone and develop new skills. There are
many paths to success, but volunteering improves your employability” encouraged Mr. Pierre Liburd,
Director of Youth. Minister of Education et al, Honorable Jonel Powell echoed his sentiments, as he
implored the scholarship recipients. He stated “You are able to build character by volunteering and
Congratulations to all the recipients and we encourage you to make the most of this opportunity!Read More
“My Government has always held the view that education is the master key to meaningful development
in our society, and the best foundation for nation-building” stated Education Minister the Honorable
Sidney Morris during his address to officially launch the College of Further Education, The Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College, then the College of Further Education, was officially opened on September 26, 1988 with Ms. Dulcie Richardson as the first Principal.
The College started the 1988-89 academic year with three divisions. The Division of Teacher Education,
the former Teachers Training College, had 58 students; the Division of Technical and Vocational
Education and Management Studies replaced the St. Kitts-Nevis Technical College, and had 180
students; and the Division of Arts, Sciences and General Studies comprised of the Sixth Form at the
Basseterre High School, and Adult and Continuing Education classes, and had 452 students. Since then,
the College has opened an additional two divisions, the Division of Adult and Continuing Education and
the Division of Health Sciences.
In 1997, the College Library was opened with Ms. Virginia Browne as its first Librarian and the UWI Level
1 Programme was introduced with 23 enrollees in September 1998. This franchised programme was
delivered from the faculties of Education and Humanities, Science and Technology and Social Studies of
the University of the West Indies.
In 2000 the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations replaced the GCE Advanced Level programme
and the National Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) scholarship for top performance in
technical education was introduced. The CFBC issued Associate Degree Certification for the first time in 2000. Students who pursued the General Nursing Education programme were the first recipients.
The following affiliation and articulation arrangements with other tertiary institutions and professional
organizations developed over the years.
- University of Technology, Jamaica which offers special tuition rates to CFBC graduates.
- The delivery of the Barbados Community College (BCC) Associate Degree in Office
Administration and Management Programme
- Caribbean Tourism Association (CTO) Associate Degrees in Hospitality Studies and Culinary Arts.
- Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)
- University of the Virgin Islands (UVI)
- City and Guilds of London which offers special tuition rates for CFBC graduates.
As we celebrate this momentous occasion, the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College would like to say thank
you to the citizens and residents of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis for their continued support over
In preparation for the reopening of CFBC campuses, the College was visited by the National COVID-19
Taskforce on 1 st September 2020 to ensure that our implemented guidelines were satisfactory. While
touring the campus, the team witnessed the College’s preparation.
New guidelines in place includes plexi-glass for various workstations around our campuses, adjusted
library hours, assigned seating and other regulations to limit the number of persons visiting the library
during a given period. Signage has been erected all around the CFBC campuses urging persons to
sanitize their hands, wear their masks and practice social distancing.
The College has made the move to engage in blended learning to limit the number of students gathering
at any given time. For classes, such as labs, that require hands-on learning, spatial seating and class
limits have been instituted and large classes will be split in two if necessary. However, the protections
put in place go beyond the classroom. Upon entering the College, persons are subjected to hand
sanitizing, temperature checks and a logbook meant for contact-tracing and designated isolation rooms
on all campuses are available in the event of a potentially sick student/staff.
As the team toured the Hospitality building, Ms. Marsha Bassue, Director of Hospitality, explained the
changes that were made to ensure the safety of the students as well as patrons of the various events
they normally hosted. Several of their events, including the Bar competition would be virtual, and the
themed lunches would be take-out only. Dr. Hazel Laws, Chief Medical Officer, gave approval for Ms.
Bassue to attend the training of hoteliers, bartenders and restaurant personnel, hosted by the St. Kitts
We are pleased to announce that after the visit, the team discussed and deemed CFBC as COVID-19