CIBC backs initiative to increase males at USM

PHILIPSBURG–FirstCaribbean International Bank CIBC is backing efforts to increase male enrolment at University of St. Martin (USM).

The bank has made an undisclosed donation to USM’s School of Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning (SCELL) in support of this initiative.

SCELL has an ongoing initiative to increase the number of male students enrolled at the institution via its Male Enrolment Business challenge. With 37 male students currently enrolled, SCELL is dedicated to enrolling 20 additional students by providing males ages 18 to 25 with first-semester scholarships.

SCELL Founder Dr. Natasha Gittens also founded Youth Professionals Network (YPN) to support young men enrolled at USM with a platform to share their personal academic experiences with potential USM male students. “I believe this is a perfect formula to empower USM males to become mentors, while simultaneously pursuing their academic dreams and encouraging others to pursue degrees at USM and UVI at USM,” Gittens said in a press release on Friday.

FirstCaribbean CIBC said it has engaged in various training programmes during the year in its commitment to delivering “excellent” client experiences, and in April of this year, staff benefited from a “Customer First Kick off Session” where Gittens was the keynote speaker. At that forum Gittens focused on the importance of daily maintenance of CIBC’s internal and external customers, and how those relationships are the “true” vitality and pulse of the organisation. 

“Such sessions and partnerships prove how SCELL is continuously providing innovative, positive change and growth through education, not only to its students, but to the community, and the bank is proud to be part of such a great initiative as the Male Enrolment Business challenge,” CIBC said in the release.

Source: Daily Herald
CIBC backs initiative to increase males at USM