NIPA to offer Associates of Science degree programs in Culinary Arts and IT Network Administrator

The National Institute for Professional Advancement (NIPA) and The Pittsburgh Technical College (PTC) recently signed an agreement which will enable NIPA to begin offering two Associates of Science degree programs, namely Culinary Arts and Network Administrator effective September 2017.

Under this agreement PTC will provide NIPA with the complete learning materials set which includes: Curriculum, catalog, course syllabi and layout, Program Outcomes etc. The course syllabi will include a syllabus for each course which contains the course competencies, hour break downs, textbooks, instructional material, grading rational and the course outline, based on a 11 week quarter system. NIPA will also receive the course assessments, the instructional strategy packet, assistance with updating the curriculum, technology updates and training for NIPA faculty/support staff.

Both programs will be submitted to the  Minsitry of Education Culture Youth and Sport for accreditation  as SBO level 4 courses under the National Ordinance for SBO education on Sint Maarten. The Dutch accreditation agency  Nuffic has already established that  SBO level 4 diplomas are equivalent to the American Technical Vocational Associates of Science Degree.

With this move NIPA aims to provide PSVE and CXC students with the oppotuninity to obtain an Associates of Science Degree without first having to pursue a GED diploma and at the same time address the labor market demand for  highly qualified culinary personnel and IT network specialist in the  hospitality/tourism sector and the business community.  Graduates of these program will also be able to start their own small business .

Dr. Tasheena Maccow , NIPA’s interim director is extremely proud and exited that the institution will be able to provide these courses which are in high demand to students from St.Maarten/St.Martin and the surrounding islands.

In January 2017, NIPA will begin offering the Small Engine Repair program which is a one year SBO level 1 certification. This program is based on the training programs from Briggs and Stratton and Penn Foster. Also coming on stream in January 2017, will be the Teacher’s Assistant program which is four (4) year SBO level 4 program. This program was developed in collaboration with educational expert Drs. Maria van Enkelvoort. This program will be a gateway for PSVE and CXC students to enter the teaching profession.  Registration for these courses will be open for mid November 2016.