ICCI expecting enrolment hike

This year may mark a milestone for
the International College of the Cayman Islands in terms of student numbers.

The college, which will be
celebrating its 40th anniversary over the 24 September weekend, is expecting
more than 220 students to enrol for the upcoming fall, the largest class since
the College commenced its evening degree programmes.

The International College offers a
range of degrees in business, liberal arts and education, but with the rise of
the offshore financial and tourism industries, it has increased its focus on
its business programmes with concentrations on accounting and finance. The
majority of the students are enrolled in a business programme at the associate,
bachelors or master degree level.

“We have done everything we can to
maximise our space, from using classrooms back-to-back for our evening courses
to cannibalising our bigger faculty offices into classrooms,” said President
John Cummings.

“We have simply run out of space.
It is a good problem to have.”

Mr. Cummings said demand for more
business classes is expected to continue to rise steadily over the next year,
particularly for accounting and finance courses.

To address this issue the school is
planning construction of a new business building this fall, with an anticipated
opening date early next year, which Mr. Cummings said will enable the college
to increase its course offerings and still maintain its low instructor-student
ratio.

“The age range for our students is
very broad. Our students range from teenagers out of high school all the way to
adults in their 50s; so most of them are juggling work, family responsibilities,
going to school at night and are squeezing in time to study whenever they can,”
said Mr. Cummings.

“We have found that our working
students really benefit from our smaller classes so that instructors can give
more contact time to each student and help them really understand the
material.”

Classrooms in the new building will
be fitted out with teaching tools such as a smart board, projector and a
laptop.

A smart board combines the power of
a computer with the simplicity of a whiteboard similar to CNN’s magic map. “Students
also have an opportunity to use a smart board for their class presentations
and, in the process, help them stay up-to-date with 21st century business
tools,” said Director of Graduate Studies Anthony Husemann.

The Cayman Islands Professional
Society of Professional Accountants is sponsoring one of the classrooms in the
new building to be fitted out. The International College is reaching out to
other companies and associations to fit out the second classroom as well as
corporate sponsorships to help fund the construction of the building.

“Over the long run, we want to
build three more buildings, which will house more classrooms, meeting areas and
a new library that will not only be used by the students and faculty, but will
also service the Savannah-Newlands community,” said Mr. Cummings.

He is inviting students, alumni,
their families, the business community and the general public to come view the
site for the new building during the College’s open house celebrations for its
40th anniversary.

“This is an inclusive, momentous
event,” said Mr. Cummings.

“Over the course of 40 years, we
have had more than 1200 graduates and many of them have gone on to become
leaders in the private sector and government and we want to celebrate that
legacy.”

The International College
has been accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and
Schools in the United States for over 30 years, and is evaluated and reassessed
approximately every three to five years. An evaluation team will be doing an
onsite evaluation in February 2011 to renew its accreditation for 2012.

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