This September, the T.A. Marryshow Community College (TAMCC) is offering a pre-professional Associate Degree in the study areas of Nutrition and Dietetics in partnership with the University of the Southern Caribbean (USC).
TAMCC and the USC have reached an agreement that will provide graduates with two (2) additional years of study at USC to obtain Bachelor Degrees in their selected field as opposed to spending 4 years.
After approximately one year of negotiations, this opportunity is now available to graduates who achieve the stipulated cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.50 in the areas of Culinary Arts, Food and Beverage Operations and Nutrition and Food Management.
This means that these students will be able to matriculate seamlessly into their 3rd year at USC without being disadvantaged through the agreement dubbed “2 + 2” that was officially signed recently between both learning institutions.
This development forms part of TAMCC’s on-going review of its programme offerings, in an effort to upgrade and enhance the knowledge base of students to include a Science and Clinical component.
“So the students would register at TAMCC, spend two years, get an associate degree that would give them the opportunity to become a dietetic technician or a public health educator, give them entry into USC and there they can continue for the additional 2 years to get their degree,” explained Marlene Finley, Dean of the School of Applied Arts and Technology, TAMCC.
“While here at TAMCC, they will complete the science and nutrition courses as well as some of the other core areas,” she said.
USC offers 2 Bachelor degrees in this regard – Family and Consumer Sciences and Nutrition and Dietetics.
During the brief ceremony marking the TAMCC/USC partnership, which is the first in the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Region at the Community College level, Head of the Department of Family Consumer Science at USC Dr. Claudette Mitchell noted the areas of benefits agreed upon so far.
“The Family and Consumer Sciences degree prepares students to obtain jobs at the secondary school level, whereby they can become educators in the areas of Food and Nutrition, Clothing and Textiles, and Home Management,” said Dr. Mitchell.
She added that the students would also be equipped in small business management so that they can serve as “entrepreneurs as well as work as health educators, food demonstrators, quality assurance officers in food establishments, health and safety officers, interior decorators, family life coordinators, and caterers.”
It was also announced that the Nutrition and Dietetics degree would allow students to obtain jobs as “registered dieticians, nutritionists, community dieticians and public health educators.
They can also “become entrepreneurs, specialise in various fields of dietetics., e.g. diabetes educators, sports nutritionists, pediatric dieticians, renal dieticians and food service managers”, Dr. Mitchell said.
She went on: “What we are doing is preparing the students within the region to help the region…within the region at present what we find happening is that there are some countries with little or no dietitians present and as a result therefore, we have seen the need to address the non-communicable diseases in the region, since more than 60 per cent of the deaths occur (as a result of such diseases)”.
Signing the agreement on behalf of both learning institutions were David Fleming, Dean of the School of Continuing Education, as Deputy to TAMCC Principal, Dr. Jeffrey Britton, who was unavoidably absent and USC President Dr. Clinton Valley, who was accompanied by his wife Mrs. Martha Jueanville Valley – a Special Education Teacher.
USC is a private university owned and operated by the Caribbean Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.
The main campus is located on 384 acres of land in the Maracas Valley of the twin island of Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.
There are also six satellite extension campuses located in Scarborough, Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago; San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago; Georgetown, Guyana; Bridgetown, Barbados; Castries, Saint Lucia, and St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda.