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October 20, 2016 – Andrea S. Cato
From left to right, the foreground of the above photo shows: Mrs. Susan Gore, the Coordinator of the Site, Dr. Genevieve Boucaud, Dean of Graduate Studies and Distance Education, Dr. Chesney, VP Academic Administration, Mr. Michael Browne, Minister of Education in Antigua, Ps. Desmond James, President of the SLM, Ms. Rosa Greenaway, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Mr. Clare Brown, Director
The University of the Southern Caribbean’s Antigua Satellite Site launched the BS Educational Service (Special Education Program) on October 12th, 2016. The Special Education Program is being offered in Antigua as a Government sponsored scholarship for worthy educators, in collaboration with USC.
The recent launch is USC’s extended response to an expressed need of the Government of Antigua for special-needs educational training in 2013. The University’s initial response, with the aid of Dr. Sylvan Lashley, was the twenty-one credit Diploma Programme. This Bachelor of Science degree in 2016, represents the fulfillment of USC’s undertaking to meet the needs of the special Education community in Antigua.
Government ministers and distinguished guests gathered to welcome the forty-eight students who were accepted into the programme. Those present included Antigua’s Minister of Education Science & Technology, Dr. Michael Browne; Mr. Claire Browne, Director of Education; Mrs. Rosa Greenaway, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Education Science and Technology; Education Officer responsible for Special Needs, Ministry of Education Science and Technology, Ms. Joy-Ann Harrigan; President, South Leeward Mission of SDA, Pastor Desmond James; Vice President Academic Affairs USC, Dr. Wanda Chesney; Executive Secretary, South Leeward Mission, Dr. Carson Greene; Education Director, South Leeward Mission, Dr. Eulalie Daley-Semper; Dean of Graduate Studies and Distance Education USC, Dr. Genevieve Boucaud, and Coordinator USC Antigua Extension Campus, Mrs. Susan Gore.
The Honorable Dr. Browne and Pastor Desmond James offered greetings to the students. Dr. Wanda Chesney in her opening remarks cautioned students that “It is easy to start. Finishing is much harder, but it’s the key.” Dr. Boucaud concluded the event by stating that “This is serious business.”