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TEF makes $14.5m donation to MoBay Com College for upgrades

Published:Wednesday | November 8, 2017 | 11:44 AM
Executive Director of the Tourism Enhancement Fund, Dr Carey Wallace (second right) cuts the ribbon at the official opening of refurbished laboratories at the Montego Bay Community College last Thursday. Looking on (from left) Vice-Principal of the college, Carol Walters; retired principal Dr Angel Harris; current principal Maureen Nelson; and Member of Parliament and Attorney General, Marlene Malahoo Forte. – Contributed Photos
Executive Director of the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), Dr Carey Wallace (second left) demonstrates his handiness the kitchen during a tour of refurbished laboratories at the Montego Bay Community College last Thursday. Looking on (from left) are Executive Chef Jermaine Forrester; Custos of St James, Ewen Corrodus; and Member of Parliament and Attorney General Marlene Malahoo Forte.
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A $14.5 million donation from the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) has enabled the Montego Bay Community College to upgrade and outfit its hospitality, housekeeping and dining room laboratories to world standards.
 
The financial commitment was made through the TEF initiated Centres of Excellence programme, which prepares students from participating schools for meaningful employment in the local tourism sector.

The upgraded laboratories, officially handed over by TEF executive director Dr Carey Wallace last week, replicate high standards of equipment and service in the hospitality industry to ensure students are adequately trained for employment in the various sectors of the tourism industry upon completion of their course of study in Tourism and Hospitality at the college.  

In pursuit of their academic goals, more than 200 students at the colleges Montego Bay and Frome campuses are utilising the laboratories which provide world-class training consistent with national and international hospitality and tourism industry standards. 
 
“We at TEF provide you with the resources through funding of the facilities to afford you the creative development, but there is something else that’s inside of you that will make all the difference,” said Wallace.
 
He added that the TEF’s support to the Montego Bay Community College’s Hospitality Center of Excellence was in keeping with its commitment to supporting development that fostered sustainability and growth of tourism.