Come Friday, the Shortwood Teachers’ College in St Andrew will celebrate 133 years of training Jamaican educators.
Speaking with The Gleaner at the college’s Founder’s Day church service held on Sunday on the campus grounds, Acting Principal Dr George Dawkins boasted about of some of the institution’s wide offerings.
“We are the only teachers’ college that offers a specialisation in Spanish and French. That programme is one of our flagship programmes. We are also offering Mandarin, and we are proposing to have additional languages being done.
“We have many good relationships with the embassies of France and Spain. We have many collaborations and MOUs with international agencies to offer English as a foreign language and to offer in-service professional development for individuals who are not necessarily Jamaican teachers, but those who require assistance in speaking English like some of the people from embassies.
“Our students go to various areas of work. They not only go to teach in schools, but some of them end up in the tourism industry. Some are being used as interpreters. Overall, the future looks bright,” said Dawkins.
He added: “We also offer many other programmes such as the in-service programme for teachers who are teaching outside of their specialisation but want qualifi-cation in the area they are now teaching in. We offer post-graduate diplomas for persons who have degrees but no professional training. We currently offer a master’s degree in early childhood education in collabora-tion with the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida.
“We are bringing on stream many initiatives that will seek to enhance our students, in terms of services, development, and leadership. We cater for the total development of the human capital,” Dawkins said.
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