The University of St. Martin’s School of Continuing Education & Life Long Learning celebrated its first Anniversary on August 1, 2016. SCELL opened its door a year ago and celebrated the launch of this new and innovative Business Arm of USM with a quaint but sophisticated celebration in the elegantly lite courtyard. Dignitaries, press, USM’s staff and faculty, leaders from the University of the Virgin Islands, politicians, the honorary Board members of USM, the most respected Managing Directors and Human Resources mangers on the island, local organizations large and small and members of the community lined the seats under the big tent and embraced the idea. The idea, that St. Maarten finally had a training and development organization that understood their needs, their culture and was equipped to develop effective training programs to meet the needs of their valued work teams at all levels on their motherland.
The birth of SCELL has rocked St. Maarten and hasn’t stopped since August 1st of 2015. To date they have over 100 plus customized trainings to offer, established relationships with the biggest organizations on the island, founded two organizations, Women’s Island Network, (WIN) & Young Professionals Network (YPN) both sharing the same vision to raise funds to encourage women and men ages 18-45 to pursue higher learning degrees at USM. That is not all; both of the organizations unison will be award 12 scholarships to students this Fall. The six male scholarships and six female scholarships will be awarded to students who will be pursuing a Hospitality degree in USM’s accredited and successful BTEC program.
SCELL has officially pronounced the month of September as the Caribbean’s, Get Ready for the High Season month. The foundation of the conference is to support the economic sustainability of St. Maarten by hosting a conference that is encouraging other islands to register and attend and join the festivities. This conference has catapulted SCELL as an automatic leader, the training mecca throughout the Caribbean. SCELL will offer 40 plus trainings throughout the month of September ranging from Public Speaking, Accounting Basics, Supervisory Boot Camp, Customer Service Boot Camp, Microsoft Excel 101, Management & Leadership Boot Camp, Writing Skills for Professionals, Sales & Marketing techniques, Email Etiquette and two opportunities to earn certifications from the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI). AHLEI is the global leader in hospitality training and hotel management certifications in the world. The Certified Guest Services Professional training will be facilitated by Erwin Wolthuis, USM’s BTEC Hospitality Division Head and Certified Hospitality Educator and Dr. Gittens, a Master Certified Hospitality Educator one of only 13 in the world, appointed by AHLEI will facilitate the Certified Hospitality Educator (CHE) 4 day training offered in St. Maarten for the first time in history by USM. The conference kicks off on September 9 and runs through September 30 and will be held simultaneously at Divi Little Bay Resort and The University of St. Martin.
For more information on the Get Ready for High Season Conference visit the SCELL website at @ http://scell.usmonline.onl/index.php/highseason or call SCELL today at 543-3710 or 554-2437 or email us @ sc***@us*******.net.