NIPA plans outlined during meeting with stakeholders

CAY HILL–An extensive marketing campaign, partnering with international educational institutions and collaborating with schools in St. Maarten are amongst the plans for the National Institute for Professional Advancement (NIPA).

These and other plans were outlined to stakeholders represented on the board of the Advancement for Vocational Education (AVE) Foundation during a recent meeting with the AVE Board of Directors.

Stakeholders represented on the AVE board who attended the meeting included the School Board for Secondary Education SVOBE, the Foundation for Academic and Vocational Education (FAVE), Windward Island Chamber of Labour Unions (WICLU), St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce and Industry (COCI) and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport (ECYS). The Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour was not present VSA.

According to a press release issued by COCI, stakeholders tabled the issues raised in recent media reports regarding NIPA and the board provided its response. “Full clarity was obtained by the stakeholders,” the release said.

According to the release, the AVE Board gave an insight into “the realities, the strengths and the weaknesses” which the NIPA faces as a learning institution. The board also outlined “the way forward” for the institution.

Initiatives planned for the NIPA, which were outlined in the meeting include the launching of an extensive marketing campaign soon, in which information on the type of institution NIPA is, the current programmes offered, as well as future programmes to be offered will be provided.

There are also plans for NIPA to partner with other international institutions to offer students an opportunity to pursue their studies at higher levels in their field of study as well as plans for NIPA to collaborate with the FAVE and SVOBE secondary school boards as NIPA offers programmes for graduates of these schools.

COCI said in the release that Minister ECYS Silveria Jacobs, who had asked the Inspectorate to launch an investigation at NIPA, received a report with recommendations from the inspectorate. The recommendations were adopted and were included in the action plans of the AVE Board.

COCI said the stakeholders support the board and are satisfied with their representation on the AVE board and have pledged their continued support to the Institute. The boards of FAVE-SVOBE and COCI will work towards attaining study and career opportunities for NIPA graduates.

Source: The Daily Herald