Thirty-one government workers graduated from the Cayman Islands Civil Service College last week.
Sixteen civil servants gained certificates in public administration and 15 graduated from the associate degree program.
Of the graduates, 22 earned honors or merits, achieving GPAs of 3.5 or 3.0 and above, respectively, according to a government press release.
The graduates, who obtained career-relevant certificates or associate degrees in public administration, came from a wide cross section of fields within the Civil Service, including Customs, Immigration, the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service, Shipping Registry, the Ministry of Community Affairs, Youth and Sports, the Health Services Authority and Cayman Airways.
Deputy Governor Franz Manderson and Chief Officer of the Portfolio of the Civil Service Gloria McField-Nixon attended the ceremony at the Sir Vassel Johnson Hall at the University College of the Cayman Islands, where the Civil Service College courses are held.
Sixteen civil servants gained certificates in public administration and 15 graduated from the associate degree program. The curriculum for both courses included history and government of the Cayman Islands, ethics in government, elements of public administration, basic communications in the workplace and computer applications in government, according to the press release.
In the release, Ms. McField-Nixon said, “The results of our Civil Service graduates are particularly impressive given that they all held full-time jobs while studying in the evenings.
“Embarking on career-oriented study, such as that offered to government employees, is undeniably challenging but can result in enormous benefits for both the employee and the employer.”
Assistant Registrar at General Registry Evadne Ebanks earned the highest marks among the students on the associates course, gaining a 3.92 GPA and earning her the place of class valedictorian.
Ms. Ebanks said she “jumped at the chance to enroll” on the course in 2012.
“I knew attending the Civil Service College would be a challenge in balancing work, school, church and family responsibilities, but I decided that with God’s help and the support of my managers, family, and friends, I would take on this challenge,” she said in the release. “Long sleepless nights, early mornings before work and long weekends were all part of this sacrifice.”
Deputy Governor Manderson said that the valedictorian’s work ethic was an example to colleagues throughout the service.
“Her obvious dedication and hard work, balancing the rigors of academic life, working in a busy department while maintaining a comfortable home life and outside commitments is a tremendous achievement; and shows what can be done if one sets out to excel and takes the practical steps to do so,” he said in the release.
He encouraged civil servants interested in enrolling in professional courses to contact the Cayman Islands Civil Service College at www.csc.gov.ky.