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JAS signs MOU with UCC as part of big plans for Denbigh Showground

Published:Thursday | September 7, 2017 | 10:57 AMCecelia Campbell-Livingston

The University College of the Caribbean (UCC) is to begin hosting extension classes at the Denbigh Showground in Clarendon following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) yesterday.

The signing which took place at the Denbigh Farmers Conference Centre, is geared toward accommodating about 1,000 students both full and part time.

It was a feel good moment for executive chairman of UCC Dr Winston Adam as he spent his earlier years in the parish and working on the showground where the classes will be held.

“We are looking forward to building a viable and productive partnership,” said Adams before putting the ink on the deal.

The MOU will also see the JAS in association with College of Arts Science and Technology (CASE) as well as the 4H Club developing a curriculum programme for agriculture.

“We are also looking at establishing a business processing outsourcing (BPO) centre right here on the Denbigh Showground,” said JAS president Norman Grant.

He said the JAS has also partnered with other entities in ensuring financial activities for the property.

“A church will be using our exhibition halls on Sundays and Thursdays and they will be engaged in a feeding programme to the community of May Pen,” said Grant.

The Denbigh High School, which is located close to the grounds, will see its football team utilising the grounds for training session while a farmers market is also slated to roll out next week.