Twenty-eight civil servants graduated recently with certificates, associate degrees and bachelor degrees from the Civil Service College.

Fifteen of the graduates earned certificates in Public Administration, while eight received their Associate of Arts Degree in Public Administration and five more earned a Bachelor of Science degree.

“As the Head of the Civil Service, I am so pleased that the Civil Service College is investing in our employees, who are our greatest asset,” said Deputy Governor Franz Manderson during the recent graduation ceremony. “By helping civil servants to realize their dreams, we secure a better future for them and the Cayman Islands overall. Our goal is to create an agile civil service which ensures we have the right people, in the right roles and at the right time.”

The Civil Service College offers civil servants access to free education, including university-level courses.

Karen Christian, an HR Audit senior, graduated for a second time and now holds an Associate Degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Management with a concentration in Human Resources.

“I am so blessed,” said Ms. Christian on earning her newest degree from the Civil Service College. “This experience has provided me with the confidence to apply what I have learned. It was well worth the effort and walking across that stage is so liberating. Adapting the attitude ‘Yes, I can’ for investing in higher education doesn’t only benefit the individual, but their children and their children’s children and ultimately the country. Education is the passport to the future that doesn’t expire.”

Stephen Atherley, a prison officer, was the Civil Service College’s top scholar for 2018, and he earned his Associate of Arts degree In Public Administration with honors.

“Education and learning are lifelong processes. Personal development is vital,” said Mr. Atherley about his journey in higher education. “This world is ever changing and one needs to keep abreast of current best practices and be familiar with changes and modern technology.”

Gloria McField-Nixon, the chief officer for the portfolio of the Civil Service, attended the graduation ceremony and was thrilled to see so many capable graduates sharing the stage.

Ms. McField Nixon said the students’ commitment to lifelong learning was “highly commendable,” adding, “I am impressed by the many ways these graduates are already applying what they have learned to fulfill our joint purpose, ‘To make lives better.’”