A new company soon launching in Cayman is offering a new way for residents to earn tertiary level qualifications.
Education for Advancement, a distance learning service provider that has been rapidly expanding throughout the Caribbean in recent years, will soon be opening an office in Grand Cayman.
The Fort Lauderdale based company coordinates enrolment and study towards Associates, Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate degrees offered by the University of Leicester and by Ashworth College, a US-based accredited online education provider.
‘Distance education is proving really popular in the Caribbean, particularly in those jurisdictions where people are looking for more tertiary education options,’ said EFA Cayman’s Director John Carey.
Commenting on the attraction of studying for a degree at a fraction of the cost of on-campus tuition, he noted the company has over 2,000 students enrolled in St. Lucia, and about 500 in St. Kitts.
Mr. Carey noted there is an increasing demand for online and distance learning education because of all the demands being placed on people’s time.
‘I think people will find the prospect of being able to study at home without having to leave their families or jobs, particularly during these tough economic times, quite appealing,’ he said.
‘In addition, the costs are affordable and you get to study at your own pace, on your own time and still earn a globally-accredited and recognized degree that is no different than what you would have received if you studied on-campus.’
The degrees offered are in the fields of business and management, accounting and finance, IT, criminology, education, human resources, emergency and risk management and media and communication.
Students will be able to write their exams at the University College of the Cayman Islands.
Mr. Carey noted that the company also intends to coordinate training and information sessions for students so they can brush up on their graduate-level academic skills.
The company also plans to offer career development services and employment services in response to changing needs in the Cayman Islands and across the globe.