POND ISLAND - The University of St. Martin (USM) School of Continuing Education and Life Long Learning, (SCELL) has joined forces with The Windward Islands Bank Ltd,to increase Male Enrollment in 2016 at USM. Currently there are 37 males enrolled at USM and Youth Professional Network (YPN) has set a firm goal to increase that number to 57, enrolling 20 males to USM/UVI by August 1, 2016 with the businesses of St. Maarten’s help.
Dr. Gittens, The Founder of SCELL stated: I founded Youth Professionals Network (YPN) to support young men enrolled at USM with a solid platform to share their personal academic experiences with potential USM male students. I believe this is a perfect formula to empower USM males to become mentors while simultaneously pursuing their academic dreams and encouraging others to pursue degrees at USM and UVI at USM. I am very grateful that WIB sees the importance of YPN and male enrollment.
The Male Enrollment Business challenge started on June 1, 2016 and will run through July 31, 2016. We are requesting donations of $500 to $5000.00 to provide males ages 18-25 with their first semester scholarship to return to school in August 2016. All donations will be acknowledged at the end of the challenge and the winning business will receive community and formal USM recognition. All donating businesses will be invited to the awards ceremony held in early August to present scholarships to the male recipients. Derek Downes, Managing Director of WIB jumped aboard immediately when he heard about the business challenge and donated two scholarships for two males to enroll at USM this Fall.
Downes stated: As the initial key sponsor of SCELL I am very pleased with what they have done in St. Maarten and surrounding islands in such a short time. In six months they have built partnerships with the largest companies on the island and supported citizens with their many innovative programs. SCELL’s impressive approach of providing businesses with solid trainings, supporting employees to return to school and building the USM Male enrollment is key to the success of St. Maarten as a whole and USM. SCELL is an organization that is changing the face of our community with tangible, measurable results that I feel should be recognized and supported by all businesses, government and the community as a whole. I encourage other business to participate in this viable business challenge and WIB is pleased to be the first contributor to this great cause.
Mr. Javid Hurtault the President of YPN and a second year accounting major stated: Education never stops and should be viewed as an ongoing personal development. The more males on the island that pursue degrees, the better the St. Maarten community will become. We are asking the businesses big and small of St. Maarten to assist us with increasing male enrollment at USM, a move in the right direction for the community at large. We can make a difference with one scholarship at a time.
For Further information on donating a scholarship to YPN and information or questions on how to enroll at USM, please call 554-2437 or visit the SCELL website @ http://scell.usmonline.onl/