Cellestials's sales manager Dale Lewis introduces SALCC faculty to the manufacturer's extensive inventory
CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Urban Dolor, principal of Sir Arthur Lewis Community College (SALCC) in Saint Lucia, and George Benson, executive director of Regional Communications Ltd, the parent company of Cellestial-branded laptops, tablets and cell phones, have begun dialogue towards forging a strategic alliance that could have far reaching implications for both organizations.
To this end, the two entities have over the last two weeks been actively engaged in exploring the synergies that augur well for the current offerings of the college. These interactions included on-campus meetings and factory tours by SALCC faculty members and chair of the board of governors Fortuna Anthony,
The facility tours exposed the college contingent to product demonstrations and have resulted in expanding the exchange of ideas towards what could become long-lasting curriculum additions and the possibility of product supply agreements for use by the 2,000-strong SALCC student body.
Dolor said, “These are early but exciting days in the establishment of a firm, cordial, and mutually beneficial relationship with Cellestial. Joint efforts will put both parties on track for the college to develop competency based qualifications for our students, purchase laptops and/ or tablets for our staff members at attractive prices, obtain support for Information-technology based clubs and related activities, identify training opportunities for our faculty and staff, develop a high quality work attachment center for our students and improve our capacity to repair our IT-related hardware.”
Among its 2013 academic year curriculum expansion enhancements have been the introduction of Digital Media at the CAPE level, within the Division of Arts and General Studies.
Dolor added, “Cellestial benefits from the relationship because the college can purchase their products, provide trained persons who can work with Cellestial and give the company an opportunity to showcase their products.”
Benson sees the potential alliance along similar terms and said, “Two indigenous organizations are finding common ground in one of the fastest paced industries anywhere. Our close collaboration with SALCC will ultimately benefit all St Lucians.”
For its part, says Cellestial’s CEO, the company is focused on two long term initiatives, namely support for education in Saint Lucia, be it with higher level institutions, adoption of schools in the community in which it operates, and tangible support for the free laptop schoolchild program.
Only last week, Cellestial received a high level delegation from the ministry of the public service led by the minister, Senator Dr James Fletcher, and head of the Public Sector Modernization Unit, Dr Cletus Burton. The visit was of a fact-finding nature to explore the manufacturer’s potential to support the technological modernization thrust of the ministry and related interventions.
Benson says these relationships are strategic to the second priority focus of the company. This, he said, is to become a model Saint Lucian employer by consistently building on its award winning program, which has to date equipped single mothers to become internationally certified cellular engineers.
“The second initiative serves the first and vice-versa,” Benson said.
“There are times when our citizens need to look inward and explore the synergies of people and local institutions, many of which stare us squarely in the face. The SALCC/Cellestial collaborative effort is one of those times,” he concluded.