ICCI celebrates grand re-opening

For more than 30 years the International College of the Cayman Islands has helped shape the lives of many of today’s leaders in the Cayman Islands.

International College of the Cayman Islands

After months of rebuilding from Hurricane Ivan, a balloon release signals the official re-opening of the International College of the Cayman Islands in Newlands.
Photo: Jewel Levy

On Saturday, the grand re-opening and dedication ceremony signalled another milestone for faculty, students and staff in playing an important role in education in these islands.

The morning included an alumni address and remarks by ICCI President Elsa Cummings, Education Minister Alden McLaughlin and trustee member Heather Bodden.

A balloon release highlighted the institution’s 35-year existence, and guided tours and presentations from the Savannah Primary School choir were also a part of the memorable occasion.

Held at the Savannah Newlands campus, a number of people in the community were thanked for their contribution and involvement in rebuilding the college after it was hit hard by Hurricane Ivan.

Various rooms through the campus are dedicated to outstanding supporters and benefactors.

Friends Hall, dedicated to Luke Forbes and Rupert Jackson of Newlands, and Clayton Strain Hall, dedicated to the father of Douglas C. Strain of Hillsboro, Oregon, in the US, were renovated by businesswoman Mrs. Dorothy Scott. In her honour, the Mrs. Dorothy Scott Dining Room was named

The Kiwanis Club of Grand Cayman and ICCI Circle K Club Classroom was dedicated to the two organisations’ efforts.

For introducing computer studies at ICCI the Mr. Howard J. Richards Classroom was named. For his contributions through the years, the Hon. James M. Bodden Classroom was dedicated.

For the development of computer science and the re-building of ICCI, the Mr. Carlyle and Mrs. Martha McLaughlin Information Technology Room was named.

To the memory of an ICCI trustee, the Mrs. Corinne Thompson Reference Room was dedicated.

Never falling short of her dreams of having ICCI rebuilt post-Ivan, Mrs. Cummings was overwhelmed with emotion at the many contributions received from the community, and thanked everyone profusely

The driving force behind ICCI since the passing of her husband, Hugh Cummings, Mrs. Cummings has dedicated most of her life to the institution.

She said her desire is to continue to raise the profile of ICCI and honour its students, noted alumni, trustees and benefactors as it continues to rise up from the ashes during this monumental recovery.

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