CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Since the opening of its campus in St Lucia in 2007, New York-based Monroe College has seen a steady growth of enrollment, expansion of undergraduate academic programs, and the introduction of the only Masters in Business Administration (MBA) degree offered in St Lucia. Now, the 80-year-old private institution, authorized to offer baccalaureate and graduate degrees by the New York State Board of Regents, is reaching out to residents from other Community of Latin American and Caribbean States.
Representatives from Monroe’s St Lucia Office of Admissions will be hosting free, no-obligation information sessions on February 12, Kingstown, St Vincent, and on February 26 in Roseau, Dominica.
“For Caribbean scholars wanting to earn a degree from an American institution but unable to attend college overseas, studying at Monroe’s St Lucia campus is a very affordable and convenient alternative,” explained Alex Ephrem, Ph.D., senior vice president of Monroe College and director of the St Lucia campus. “Additionally, students have the option of spending a semester or more abroad to study at our New Rochelle residential campus in suburban New York City. They will also be eligible for a one-year, optional practical training anywhere in the United States to complement their field of studies.”
The St Lucia campus offers Bachelor degrees in accounting, business management, criminal justice, hospitality management, information technology and public health, as well as a Master in Business Administration.
In a series of video testimonials, available for viewing on YouTube, graduates of Monroe’s undergraduate and MBA programs share their personal success stories since earning academic credentials from an American college without having to travel abroad.
Samina Cepal, a health educator with the St Lucia Ministry of Health, confides that “While attending Monroe College, personal tragedy struck and I was ready to give up.” It was the encouragement she received from classmates and faculty to stay the course of her studies that kept her going and, ultimately, earn a Bachelor of Science degree in public health. “Monroe gave me the knowledge and confidence to move a few grids up in the ladder of success.”
MBA graduates Kerchelle Jn Charles, a marketing manager for the global telecommunications company, Digicel St Lucia, and Joshua Vernor, an IT manager with the St Lucia Ministry of Education, discuss in their video presentations how added education and skills development made them better managers.
“It improved my decision-making, it made me more confident and a better communicator,” says Charles. “I also got a ‘second family’ that really cares about my success.”
Vernor, who is also president of Monroe’s St Lucia Alumni Association, said his MBA education “helps me to streamline processes and reduce waste” for St Lucia’s taxpayers.