COMMUNICATION TO THE COLLEGE COMMUNITY AND PRESS RELEASE
09 August 2016
Sir Arthur Lewis Community College (SALCC) is Saint Lucia’s premier tertiary education institution. We are proud of our faculty and administrative staff for their dedication and commitment to the ‘Pursuit of Excellence’ and the development of Saint Lucia and the broader Caribbean. Annually some 2,500 students are exposed to top quality education and training programmes. Throughout the community, SALCC graduates are leaders – in the public service, tourism, banking, business, cultural activities, agriculture, building professions, legal services and civil society organizations.
SALCC continues to implement initiatives towards becoming a university-college. Among these are changes to: the organizational structure into the three major areas; academics, student services and administrative support; the Academic Board to reflect greater faculty governance; a permanently sitting Student Disciplinary Board; a rationalized College Calendar, and more efficient and student friendly registration and payment system. The College is also organizing itself to become more financially self-sustaining. Over the next year the College community will be engaged in intensive and wide-ranging reviews, revisions and proposals for improving all aspects of the College’s operations.
Notwithstanding, the College suffers serious issues with its physical plant. The College received a report in June on the College’s buildings (the Morne Campus) from the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) that identifies air quality concerns of varying degrees. These include higher than normal temperature and humidity levels, and mould growth in some areas. The infrastructural issues including among other things, leaking roofs, termite infestation, outdated AC Ducts and poor ventilation have contributed in a major way to these issues. As the health and safety of students and staff are paramount, the College has had to take certain measures and request special assistance from the Ministry of Education.
The Victor Archer building remains closed as works towards its repair are in train. A few months ago the Hospitality building had to be closed down; a little over a month ago the H. J. Francois Library was closed, and in the last three weeks the Leton Thomas (Teacher Education) building was closed. Over this past weekend two ‘temporary’ annexes were demolished and by mid-September the DASGS annex along with the old DOCE annex will also be demolished.
This dire situation threatened the opening of the College for this academic year. The Ministry of Education has agreed in their initial phase of assistance to allow the College to occupy the George Charles Secondary School (GCSS). Three Divisions – Agriculture, Health Sciences and Teacher Education are being moved to the GCSS complex. Relocation of staff in the remaining Divisions on the main campus is also taking place.
We expect the move to be completed over the next few weeks and ask students and staff to bear with the inconvenience and disruptions that may arise from this transition.
This move will allow the College to commence classes as planned for all Divisions, Monday 22 August 2016, and conduct orientation and registration Tuesday 16 August to 19 Friday 2016.
In addition to the assistance already pledged by the Ministry of Education to undertake major rehabilitation at SALCC, SALCC is also seeking assistance – financial and other resources, and in-kind assistance from its alumni, the business sector and the Saint Lucian community generally to enhance the teaching and learning experiences at the College.
Sir Arthur Lewis Community College is doing its best to ensure the health and safety of its students and staff are maintained as we continue our work in the country’s development.