The CFBC Excellence Toastmasters Club #07738285 is the second of its kind in the Federation and joins
the extensive Toastmasters International family which consists of over 16,000 clubs. Although formed at
the College, the club is a community-based club and has members from various backgrounds. The Club,
chartered on May 08, 2020 is supported by CFBC President and Distinguished Toastmaster, Dr.
Jacqueline Austin, Distinguished Toastmaster Sanjana Manek, and Gillian Carmichael-Brandford and
Eartha Cassius, members of the Sugar City Toastmasters Club.
The Club aims to fulfill the purpose and mission of Toastmasters International which is to teach public speaking and leadership skills and to support persons from diverse backgrounds as they become more confident speakers, communicators, and leaders.
The club is led by a seven-member Toastmasters executive team that consists of President: Terence
Dublin, Vice President of Education: Shernnel Thompson, Vice President of Membership: Venetta
Smithen, Vice President of Public Relations: Nigencia James, Secretary: Jalen Monzac, Treasurer: Fayola
Saddler and Sergeant at Arms: Lavonne Clarke.
Not only does the CFBC Excellence Toastmasters Club provide regional exposure for its members
through various leadership opportunities but it also provides international exposure through the ability
to attend meetings all around the world via zoom. With all the benefits derived from being a
Toastmaster, personal development is inevitable.
Persons who become Toastmasters improve their public speaking skills, build leadership skills, expand their network, gain a competitive advantage in the workplace and have access to an educational program that allows them to leverage over 300 practical workplace skills, including: interview preparation, project management and conflict resolution.
The club meets every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month via Zoom at 5:30 p.m. Feel free to visit one of
the meetings! https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89165409286?pwd=YkIzZGFrc1h5OTdSZ05Yc0FqTm5GZz09
The CFBC collaborates with the School of Business of the University of the Virgin Islands to promote and execute the webinar entitled, “Small Business Conversations from the Frontline: Problems and Solutions” on Wednesday, 22 July 2020 from 3 p.m until 4 p.m. There will be an opportunity for a business to engage in a collaborative consultation session with the UVI School of Business and the CFBC.
This webinar focuses on uplifting small businesses that have been severely affected by the current global pandemic, many of whom have been forced to reimagine their business as they reenter the economy.
Link to register: https://zoom.us/…/
Friday the 13 th is usually synonymous with bad vibes and omens. However, the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College (CFBC) put some positivity into the day by recognizing the hard work of all members of staff. On March 13, 2020, CFBC celebrated the first Staff Appreciation day under the auspices of CFBC President, Dr. Jacqueline Austin. wearing matching CFBC shirts, the members of staff gathered at the UWI Open Campus’ Conference Room ready for the day’s adventures.
Educational, inspirational and all-out fun were some adjectives used by staff members to describe the day’s events. The day began with Dr. Austin providing words of encouragement and gratitude to the staff members. She recalled an experience from her youth in which she was trying to learn how to roller skate. The lesson here Dr. Austin explained, is that “no matter how many times you fall, no matter how many persons are looking and laughing, you get up and keep trying.”
The staff members also participated in a developmental session on “Managing One’s Personal Finances.” Following a buffet lunch, the group departed to participate in the activities of their choosing. Some members enjoyed a historical tour of Brimstone Hill while others fueled their adrenaline with an energetic game of paintball.
Those members who wanted to savour a more relaxing experience, chose to receive facials and pedicures facilitated by the Advanced Vocational Education Center (AVEC) Cosmetology program. After all the festivities, several persons expressed their delight in the Staff Appreciation Day and suggested that it be a regular occurrence.
In the words of John F. Kennedy “as we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”Read More
For many years, the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College (CFBC) has signed several Memoranda of
Understanding (MOU) with various colleges and universities. An MOU is a formal document between
two or more parties which outlines a number of agreements beneficial to all involved. Most recently,
CFBC refreshed an MOU with Novia Scotia Community College.
This MOU refresh has led to increased
benefits for CFBC as Nova Scotia Community College will be offering faculty the opportunities to
augment their teaching skills through an Adult Education Foundation program that highlights new
technology and andragogy or new ways of teaching adult learners. We have also entered into new
MOUs with Keyano College and DeVry University.
While MOUs are not new to CFBC, Dr. Jacqueline Austin, CFBC President, credits her participation in the
Canadian Bureau of International Education’s mission to Canada in November 2019 as a contributing
factor. This mission involved a rigorous application and selection process after which Dr. Austin was
selected to visit Canadian colleges and universities to glean best practices.
The acquisition of these MOUs has resulted in opportunities for student and faculty exchange,
professional development, scholarships and 2 + 2 matriculation. These agreements offer significant cost
savings to our graduates and global and cultural exposure. As the educational landscape changes, it is
important that we evolve and offer a seamless approach to learning which the MOUs can facilitate.
CFBC is pleased to announce that in our pursuit of excellence, we continue to partner with local,
regional and international institutions that provide opportunities for growth and development for our
faculty, staff and students.
On Feb 19th , 2020 the Organization of the Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Ministers of Education delegation visited the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College (CFBC) as part of their 5th meeting of the heads under the theme “Equity and Access”. CFBC was selected as a focal point of this gathering as an opportunity for us to showcase our innovation and creativity through our Hospitality Department,
Health Sciences Division and ICT program, SKN Robotics team. The delegation included participants from the independent member states of the OECS as well as British dependent territories. This visit placed us in a position to be viewed by the region and the world as a premier higher education institution and to showcase learning in practice. We demonstrated our ability to respond to real world challenges with the latter being heavily displayed by our Health Sciences
Division and the SKN Robotics team.
As part of their presentation to the delegates, the Robotics team displayed their humanoid project and 3D printed mobile prosthetics, a feat that is a first for the OECS. They also demonstrated their crop- dusting drone technology which aims to reduce the costs associated with aerial crop-dusting while still providing an efficient solution. At the Health Sciences Division, the student nurses and their lecturers demonstrated the use of technology in nursing practice through several scenarios, one of which was an accident victim. The delegates were able to observe the scenarios as well as learn more about our state-of-the-art skills lab that the nursing students utilize as central to their learning environment.
Host, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Honorable Shawn K. Richards; was intrigued by the college’s programs. The delegates enjoyed a scrumptious lunch curated by the Hospitality department, who also commended CFBC on the strides being made. Director General of the OECS, Dr. Didacus Jules, stated that he was delighted by the presentations at CFBC as they highlighted the importance for the member states to develop their own innovative projects.
Dr. Jacqueline Austin, CFBC President, highlighted the benefits of the visit to the College. Dr. Austin explained that having the opportunity to engage with high level decision makers was a game-changer for CFBC and its students as it offered the unique opportunity for us to express our needs directly to those who are the influencers. She also stressed that while CFBC was a focal point of the visit, the benefits extended to Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis as we were able to draw attention to the fact that while we may be a small island developing state confronted with resource constraints, we are still able
to signal to the world that we have wealth in our human resource and that education has a
transformational effect on our society.
The Ministers pledged to continue their dialogue on substantive issues regarding educational development in the OECS as well as the policies and strategies needed to advance the implementation of the OECS Education Sector Strategy.Read More
The Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College (CFBC) and its Board of Governors are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Moyia
Rowtham as Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs (VPASA). Dr. Moyia Rowtham previously served as Dean of Arts, Sciences and General Studies and is a self-proclaimed Caribbeanist. She has educated students in Jamaica, Trinidad, Barbados and St. Kitts and perceives herself as a knowledge enabler, whose calling is to guide students into understanding how to learn, in order to solve problems and to affirm their capabilities for the exploration of meaningful
As a published author with over fifteen years within the field of education, Dr. Rowtham brings a wealth of invaluable knowledge into her new position. Her educational philosophy is fiercely focused on the advocacy of student self-awareness to transform
their mindsets for the enhancement of cognitive, attitudinal and behavioral resilience for overall development.
With her strategic-transformational style of leadership, we are confident that Dr. Rowtham will play a key role in guiding CFBC into an era of
As VPASA, Dr. Rowtham will assist the President in the development of the College’s academic policies, programmes and procedures and will also provide academic and administrative leadership and guidance while simultaneously fostering a collegial
We welcome Dr. Rowtham to her new role as we continue to strive for excellence.Read More
BASSETERRE, CFBC (22nd August 2018) – A four-member team of CFBC Faculty and Students visited Mississippi State University, located at Starkville in the United States, during the week of 15-21 August 2018 as part of an ongoing partnership between the two educational institutions.
The CFBC Team comprised of faculty members Dr. Quincy Edwards and Glenroy Blanchette, while the two students were Nichiel Huggins and Aleksei Burroughs. Dr. Edwards lectures Environmental Science and Chemistry, and Mr. Blanchette lectures Geography and Primary Science & Technology Education. The students are pursuing courses in Environmental Science and Geography.
While at MSU, the CFBC Team had the opportunity to visit the MSU Geosciences Department (Earth, Marine, Atmospheric, and Geospatial Sciences), MSU Library and Virtual Reality Lab, the Social Science Research Center, the Geosystems Research Institute, the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and Aquaculture, the MSU Delta Extension and Research Experiment Station for agriculture (crops and fish farms). The group also met with MSU officials of various departments and discussed areas for future research collaboration between CFBC and MSU, particularly in the areas of groundwater quality, aquaculture, rainfall variability and sargassum seaweed.
The CFBC Team participated in practical demonstrations of the use of virtual reality in applied research and physical planning during their visit to the MSU Library Virtual Reality Lab. And was exposed to new groundbreaking research in GIS technology that investigates the use of night light to understand population dynamics and economic development in coastal areas around the world.
The CFBC group also participated in a seminar whereby Mr. Blanchette made a presentation on the History and Geography of St. Kitts-Nevis and the federation’s development challenges and opportunities while Dr. Edwards presented his research on surface water quality in Barbados. The presentations were well received by the audience and several MSU students expressed their interests in conducting research in St. Kitts and Nevis.
“The visit to MSU was very educational and we learned a lot about the natural environment in that part of the USA and how MSU is applying scientific research to solve many of the problems they face,” said Burroughs.
“I was impressed with the facilities at MSU and the educational opportunities for the students,” said Ms. Huggins. “I learned a great deal about the importance of research and the visit has motivated me to pursue a university education after I finish my tenure at CFBC,” she added.
Dr. Quincy Edwards noted the importance of the trip towards student learning and environmental research.
“The visit to the MSU was timely and a fulfilling experience that enabled both faculty and students of CFBC to better understand international environmental problems and the use of technology and student-based research as mitigation measures,” he said.
“The visit to MSU has great potential for developing faculty and student exchange programs between CFBC and MSU. Moreover, we have developed an educational bridge for students at CFBC to advance their education in undergraduate and graduate programs at MSU. Additionally, collaborative research with MSU can help us to solve some of our environmental issues such as rainfall variability, groundwater quality and further development in agriculture and aquaculture via the use of advanced technology,” Dr. Edwards added.
Mr. Blanchette expressed thanks on behalf of his colleagues. “We are eternally grateful to Dr. John Rodgers and MSU for their exceptional hospitality and the opportunity to visit MSU and learn more about what they offer. We are very excited about the future possibilities for collaboration in research between CFBC and MSU,” said Blanchette.
“We are also thankful to the CFBC Board of Governors and Senior Administration for facilitating our trip to MSU,” Blanchette added.
The trip was funded by the 100K Strong in the Americas partnership which aims to improve bilateral exchange in climate and coastal science education between US and West Indian university students while jointly conducting citizen science and environmental monitoring projects.
The partnership between CFBC and MSU also hopes to establish a climate citizen science program (called the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network; CoCoRHaS) and create pathways for MSU students to gain a deeper understanding of global climate and marine environmental changes and how those processes affect coastal communities. The partnership also seeks to develop a bilateral exchange to implement MSU’s faculty-led, credit-bearing study abroad program in West Indies that advances coastal and climate sciences.
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Pix 1 and 2: Field visit to MSU Delta Extension and Research Experiment Station (l-r:Dr. Quincy Edwards, Aleksie Burroughs, Nichiel Huggins, Glenroy Blanchette; back row: Jimmy Avery)
Pix 3: Nichiel Huggins tries out the Virtual Reality headgear.
Pix 4: Aleksie Burroughs tries out the Virtual Reality headgear.
Pix 5: The CFBC Team takes a short break while visiting the Memphis Zoo.
Pix 6: Nichiel collects data on the sun’s reflexivity on a pond under the supervision of Dr. Padmanava Dash and his colleagues of the MSU Geosciences Department.
Pix 7: Aleksie collects data on the sun’s reflexivity on a pond under the supervision of Dr. Padmanava Dash and his colleagues of the MSU Geosciences Department.
Pix 8: CFBC Team observes a presentation by Dr. Padmanava Dash on water quality.
Pix 9: Aleksie and Nichiel pose for a photo op.Read More
Basseterre, KN– A partnership has been formed between the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College (CFBC) Hospitality Department, Range Developments and Six Senses. A Six Senses Resort is slated to begin construction in St. Kitts this year and as part of their commitment to St. Kitts they agreed to offer an internship opportunity for a CFBC student in the area of Hospitality.
This Internship will see the student working in The Seychelles (an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, off East Africa) for 6 months with a rotating schedule, allowing the student to learn varying areas of the operations in the resort. Six Senses/ Range Developments has agreed to cover the cost of flights to and from the location, as well as training and accommodation.
The selection committee reviewed all of the applications submitted, paying close attention to those who had exceptional recommendations, a strong academic background, and campus/ community involvement. A unanimous decision was made. The Six Senses/ Range Developments Internship 2018 was awarded to Mr. Wycliffe Clarke!
Wycliffe is extremely passionate about the industry and consistently goes above and beyond. He maintained consistently good grades in the Associate Degree in Hospitality Program, while being active on campus (History and Heritage Club, 2nd runner-up in Mr. Back to Roots) and in the community (Niche Disability Awareness Foundation, AH Consultancy, Food & Beverage Server for HTA, Liaison Officer for St. Kitts Music Festival). He was excited to share his take on what he expects from the internship:
“While education can open many doors, success relies on initiative; I have the desire and the determination. Not only will this opportunity contribute to my self-development and make me a more well-rounded individual, I am also certain that after a smooth transition I will be able to deliver the top performance the Six Senses Resort in Seychelles.
My attention to detail and viable work experience thus far within this industry will be put to great use while acquiring internationally recognized training and knowledge from this reputable brand. Through my creativity and ingenuity, I am certain that I will be an asset to this company by utilizing their strategies of reconnecting and refocusing on what really matters.
The support of friends and family (especially my parents) means the world to me. At this stage of my life, I am sure that the most important thing is to gain progress in my education and pave the way to a successful future. I view this opportunity as a pathway to further enhance my passion for customer service and hospitality. This internship will allow me to represent my school and country on an esteemed level, which I truly believe will foster growth and development in my personal and professional life.
This groundbreaking partnership will open the door for Mr. Wycliffe Clarke but also for CFBC and the Six Senses Resort as we seek to bridge connections between each of the organizations. We are incredibly thankful to the representatives who have bestowed the opportunity. We look forward to Mr. Clarke’s participation and continued growth, as a result of the experience. He leaves the federation on September 5th and we are confident that he will represent CFBC and St. Kitts & Nevis well.
By Samantha Fox
Director of Student Services
Clarence Fitzroy Bryant CollegeRead More
Strategic Planning Meeting held on Wednesday 6th June 2018, under the theme “EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN THE 21 st CENTURY AND BEYOND” by the Division of Teacher Education at the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College.
The strategic plan for the Division of Teacher Education was unveiled at the Division’s annual planning meeting on the 6th of June, 2018. The theme for the strategic plan is “EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN THE 21 st CENTURY AND BEYOND”.
Present at the meeting were The Interim President Mrs. Ionie Liburd Willett, Teacher Education faculty, and representatives from the Ministry of Education. The Ministry of Education representatives included Mrs. Eleanor Phillip, Senior Assistant Secretary, Mrs. Debbie Isaac, the Senior Education Officer, and Mr. Quinton Morton, Education Planner.
The opening session was chaired by Ms. Rosamund Rawlins, Senior Lecturer in the Division of Teacher Education, followed by the prayer done by Mrs. Eleanor Phillip. The meeting was blessed with the sound of music by a special guest Ms. Axyah Sharry a teaching assistant at the Joshua Obadiah Williams Primary School. The Interim President, Mrs. Ionie Liburd Willett gave
opening remarks with some inspiring words, congratulating the Division on the proceedings and highlighting the significance of the planning session.
The meeting captured the strategic plan for the Division of Teacher Education for the 2018-2023 periods. The strategic plan is consistent with the Ministry of Education’s Sector Plan 2017-2021, in particular, Goal 1 and Goal 2 bounded by objective A as outlined below, and also with Goal 4 of the Education for All Goals which speaks to inclusive and equitable quality education and
promotion of lifelong learning for all. Goal: 1. The establishment and strengthening of a varied and comprehensive educational system that is based on societal needs. Goal: 2. The provision of access to quality education for all the nationals of St. Kitts and Nevis in institutions that foster the spiritual, cultural, moral, intellectual, physical, social, and economic
development of the individual and the community.
(a) Encourage and promote the development of basic knowledge and skills in all persons, including:
(i) The skills of literacy, listening, speaking, reading, writing, numeracy, mathematics, analysis, problem-solving, information processing, computing;
(ii) Critical and creative thinking skills in today’s world;
(iii) An understanding of the role of science and technology in society together with scientific and technological skills;
(iv) An appreciation and understanding of creative arts; (v) physical development and personal health and fitness; and(vi)The creative use of time;
The objectives of the Teacher Education Program promotes information communication technology, equitable access for all teacher educators and teacher trainees, training of teacher educators, open education sources and building capacity of human resources. The objectives clearly dictate the operating environment that should steer the Division along the right path to
implementing the necessary structures required to drive the initiatives outlined in the plan.
The initiatives outlined include the following:
Role of TED at CFBC
Strengthening partnerships to achieve the following
1. Pre-college Programme
2. Procuring a teaching lab for teacher trainees, with community access
3. Long-term supervision for teachers in the field
4. Improved assessment procedures
5. Implementing a support structure for trained and untrained teachers (Mentorship)
6. Introducing the Bachelor of Education
7. Introduction of a Master of Program
These initiatives are seen as ways and means of expanding the mandate of the Division of Teacher Education and also as opportunities for future development, where collaboration with all stakeholders and continuous professional development for all teachers will be key factors in the enhancement of teacher quality.
The prospective outcomes would include a better quality teacher education Programme, better teaching practices, improved training, and learning opportunities for sustainable development. It is hoped that the implementation of this plan would indicate a platform for the promotion of growth, community awareness, societal transformation, the growth of responsible citizens, development of knowledge skills and attitudes for responsible use of resources, relevant education and access to quality education for all.
The Teacher Education Strategic Plan 2018-2023 was adopted and accepted by all present and the presentation was followed by group working sessions that addressed different sections of the plan. The working sessions were done by Dean Joycelyn Archibald Pennyfeather and Mr. Percy Randolph Taylor senior Lecturer. In the Division of Teacher Education and one presentation was
done by Mr. Fritzroy Wilkin.
Are you a dynamic CFBC student with great communication skills? Are you personable, reliable and accurate? Here’s a fantastic opportunity for you to meet the who’s who, interact with local residents and visitors while learning audience research skills in a fun and lively festival atmosphere.
The St. Kitts Music Festival Committee needs you to help us discover what the public thinks of the festival.
To apply, send an email outlining why you would like to be one of 18 survey assistants and what you believe you can contribute to:
1. Full name
2. Email Address
3. Phone number
4. Program enrolled in at CFBC and year started
5. Reason(s) why you should be chosen
Closing date: WED JUNE 13 at 12 noon.
You are guaranteed a modest stipend as compensation for time and effort.Read More