UCCI’s new Brac site

University College of the Cayman
Islands has recently completed its Brac location change and will celebrate the
move with a tree planting and dedication ceremony on 30 October.

An open house will follow the
opening ceremony at UCCI Brac, now located in the Avistar Building just west of
the airport and north of the fire station.

The transition was prompted in
response to the downturn in the Cayman economy and will save UCCI Brac on
operating costs.

UCCI president Roy Bodden will host
the rededication.

“I wish to assure the students at
the Brac campus that they will receive the same service and attention as do the
students on the main campus,” he said. 
“The fact that this transition was done so expeditiously is an
indication of the seriousness attached to the Brac operations.”

“As president, I encourage Brac
campus students to continue to strive for excellence and look forward to my
visit later this month.”

Mr. Bodden will also present
certificates to the Brac’s first seven diploma graduates.  Several young ‘Brackers’ will complete their
associate’s degrees this year — the first time that has happened on the Brac

Brac campus director Martin Keeley
says that the completed graduations and move of the new campus is indicative of
the recovery UCCI has made since Paloma.

“The storm slowed down our initial
progress, but we are now back on track, and the new campus will give us much
more operational flexibility,” he said.

Mr. Keeley says that UCCI plans to
introduce some Brac-only courses in the 2011/2012 school year.

“We are hoping to not only attract
people from Grand Cayman to attend courses on the Brac campus,” he said.  “We would like to be able to run video-link
classes from the Brac, and not just from Grand Cayman.”

UCCI’s dean Dr. Brian Chapell says
that the new Brac Campus is an ideal location.

“(It) will allow UCCI to reinforce
our commitment to tertiary education in Cayman Brac,” he said.  “The opening of the new campus building is a
great way for us to recognize the accomplishments of our Brac students and
inspire current and future students to complete their studies.”