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Applications now Open for Occupational Studies Associate Degree


JIS: Graduates of the Career Advancement Programme (CAP) levels two and three and the National Vocational Qualification of Jamaica (NVQ-J) level two, now have the opportunity to pursue an associate degree in occupational studies. Applications are now being accepted for the January 2018 semester from persons who wish to pursue studies under the two-year programme.


Areas of training include logistics, business process outsourcing (BPO), knowledge process outsourcing, manufacturing, agriculture, hospitality and renewable energy technology.


Persons may register at the Caribbean Maritime University, Excelsior Community College, College of Insurance & Professional Studies, Shortwood Teachers’ College, The Mico University,


University of the Commonwealth Caribbean (UCC), and University of Technology (UTech) Academy in Kingston; Western Hospitality Institute, St. James; Brown’s Town Community College, St. Ann; College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE) in Portland; G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sport and Portmore Community College, St. Catherine; Northern Caribbean University (NCU), Manchester; Bethlehem Moravian College. St. Elizabeth; and the Vocational Training Development Institute (VTDI) in Kingston and Manchester.


The associate degree programme was developed under the direction of the Centre of Occupational Studies (COS) in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, and is in response to the demands of the workplace.


“We at the COS were charged to create and manage a structured and coordinated approach to occupational degree certification within the Jamaica context,” explained Director of the Centre of Occupational Studies (COS), Linda Stewart-Doman.


She was addressing a Think Tank held recently at the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) head office in Kingston.


She noted that the associate degree programme was launched in December 2016, with 457 students enrolling in the pilot course that started in January 2017.


Chairman of the Joint Committee of Tertiary Education (JCTE), Dr. Cecil Cornwall, said the programmme trains individuals for the workplace, providing industries with qualified persons with technical competencies.


He explained that it is a transfer degree that allows the participants to matriculate to a baccalaureate programme at a tertiary institution if they so desire.


For further information, individuals may contact the COS at 967-7802, Email: [email protected] or Twitter:@COS_ODs.


CAPTION: Director for the Centre of Occupational Studies in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Linda Stewart-Doman, addressing a JIS Think Tank recently.