PLAR Workshop Underway

(ZIZ News) – The Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College has partnered with Dalhousie University and Nova Scotia Community College to gain support for the Agri-business Programme in the form of the Prior Learning Assessment Recognition or PLAR programme.

A week-long workshop is being facilitated at the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College to introduce the PLAR Programme which kicked off on Monday with an opening ceremony at the college’s Technical Vocational and Management Studies [TVEMS] campus.

TVEMS Dean, Andrew Abraham said it is expected that PLAR will “become a permanent fixture in our assessment of our trainees, going forward for some of our programmes,” noting that as Agri-business would be CFBC’s first competency based programme, it is a huge step forward as it relates to competency based training and preparing and equipping the school’s personnel here to better assess and be able to direct persons within the federation of St. Kitts and Nevis to technical training.

The workshop was referred to as timely by CFBC’s President, Dr. Kelvin Daly, who stated that the educational institution has always struggled with the idea of how to assess persons who had never participated in higher education or secondary education before but are desirous of going into tertiary level institutions for training. He said therefore, “this is a wonderful opportunity for us to institute such a policy now that we have this on board, starting with the Agri programme.”

Manager of the Nova Scotia Community College International, Zoran Kondali expressed enthusiasm in working with CFBC in the past, citing the occasion when CFBC students travelled to the Nova Scotia Community College for two semesters. He said his college looks forward the continued relationship between the two community colleges.

The Prior Learning Assessment Recognition Programme is funded by the Government of Canada as part of the CARICOM Education for Employment Programme.

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