Cayman Enterprise City has partnered with the University College of the Cayman Islands to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education to the next generation of Caymanians.
CEC anticipates that many future jobs will be created by technology companies in the special economic zone. CEC, through its Enterprise Cayman initiatives, will therefore become a year round sponsor for the college’s Ambassador’s Club, a STEM student organization.
“We will need to meet the demand for skilled workers to fill jobs in the zone in the years to come,” said CEO Charlie Kirkconnell. “We need to capture the interest of our young people and keep them engaged in learning science, engineering and math – the fields linked to technology.”
UCCI President Roy Bodden said he is encouraged by the growing numbers of our students who are pursuing the sciences. “It is for this reason that efforts of entities such as Cayman Enterprise City play such an important role in stimulating, supporting and sponsoring interest and efforts to promote STEM. At the University College we are greatly appreciative of the efforts of Cayman Enterprise City in sponsoring the STEM Ambassadors Club. This sponsorship will allow for these science, technology, engineering and math ambassadors to train and prepare themselves to compete on a global stage. Additionally, the sponsorships will enable the beneficiaries to gain experience in fields, which offer great scope for successful and productive careers.”
Enterprise Cayman is a partnership between CEC and the Cayman Islands government to connect Caymanians with existing opportunities and those that will become available in the zone. CEC partners with local firms and businesses to raise awareness among young Caymanians and to provide mentoring and career counseling.
Through its Enterprise Cayman initiative, CEC will support the program financially, as well as help develop ideas to stimulate interest and increase exposure to STEM education. CEC has arranged for zone clients to regularly visit the college as speakers to share first-hand experiences and answer questions.
The students will also be asked to be creative and contribute ideas for their club. The year-long program will culminate in the STEM Carib conference slated for March 2015.