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New five year plan for college

Bold vision: Duranda Greene

Courses in fintech, compliance and gaming are on the cards for the Bermuda College as part of a new five-year plan.

Duranda Greene, president of the college, unveiled details of its Vision 2023: Delivering Success plan at the Hamilton Rotary Club on Tuesday.

Dr Greene said: “Preparation for the plan began in earnest last October and was approved by the board in September.

“The strategic lens through which the college views its ongoing relevance to our community and, in particular, to our students, is the result of extensive and comprehensive consultation with industry partners.”

Other highlights of the plan include work on succession planning and a bid to find replacements for the more than 20 per cent of college employees eligible to retire over the next five years.

Dr Greene added that the college also aimed to become a resource hub for intellectual activity and development for the community as well as an eco-friendly campus.

She said that it was also planned to rebrand the college, which will include a review of its logo, tagline and colours.

The rebrand could include the introduction of a college mascot.

Full details of Vision 2023 will be available on the Bermuda College website next week.

Dr Greene said that a 2017 government grant of $300,000 to help students get through was “a game-changer”.

She added that the Throne Speech announcement that the grant would be increased by $200,000 meant even more students would benefit from a college education.

Dr Greene said that a separate grants scheme, the College Promise, designed to reward students from the public education system who have a grade-point average of at least 3.0, would be introduced next year.

She added: “Recent studies indicate that by 2020, with new technology and emergent industries, at least 65 per cent of all jobs will require some level of postsecondary education.

“It is imperative, we believe, and our mandate as a community college, to continue to prepare and equip our citizens to take advantage of these job opportunities.”

The college will celebrate its 45th anniversary next year and will be making a special effort to reconnect with college graduates through a series of events.

The five-year plan will be available at college.bm