As part of DeVry University’s plan to make their programs more accessible to Kittitians and Nevisians and to provide an avenue that is student-centric and student-focused for them to achieve their goals, they launched their “Bridge to Brilliance” program in St. Kitts in partnership with the Clarence FitzroyBryant College (CFBC).
This new partnership boasts of flexibility and affordability as it provides residents of the Federation access to over 100 online programs from the certificate level to the master’s degree level. The programs will be offered at a 66% reduced tuition cost for undergraduate and 48% for graduate level studies and eliminates all other ancillary fees. Other benefits of this new partnership include a complimentary session to give students an opportunity to explore and ensure the online environment is the most
suitable learning space for them and the availability of scholarships.
DeVry’s International Business Development Executive, Mrs. Laurie Dugan stated that she was “excited to see the growth of the program and to witness the type of educational impact DeVry can make on residents of St. Kitts and Nevis. We want to make sure we open the doors of the university to them to explore and determine if it’s something they want to pursue. So, having that direct partnership with CFBC is vitally important to that.” Mrs. Dugan explained that while it was part of DeVry’s strategic plan to explore and expand in the Caribbean region, they wanted to understand, as part of their due diligence process, the needs in
education in St. Kitts-Nevis. To accomplish this, they met with the Ministry of Education and CFBC
representatives to develop a plan suitable for our Federation.
In keeping with their goal to provide an accessible program for students, the requirements for the program are minimal. The only eligibility requirements for the “Bridge to Brilliance” program is that the individual must be a resident of St. Kitts-Nevis and must possess a grade-point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher whether at the CXC or university level.
While the “Bridge to Brilliance” program is completely online, DeVry University still offers an on-campus experience. Persons who choose the on-campus option would not be eligible for the benefits and cost reduction associated with the “Bridge to Brilliance” program. As online education is becoming of increasing importance in the Caribbean, CFBC is pleased to be able to assist in providing an avenue for online education which promises to provide accessibility and flexibility.