Four graduates receive certificates Scell offers new journalism course in August

POSTED: 07/28/16 4:22 PM

St. Maarten News – Four of the six participants in the first journalism course hosted by Scell received their certificates on Monday evening. Two other participants need some more time due to work-related issues. They are currently doing assignments with instructor Wendie Brown and will receive their certificates as soon as the assignments are completed and graded.

The four who received their certificates this week are Cornelius “Minister Salt” Marie, Charity Dunker, Nzinga Lake and Cavinna Browne Lyndon.

The journalism course began in August of last year and took sixteen weeks. The six participants received a scholarship for the course. Brown taught them the key principles and theories of journalism, media and reporting.

The scholarship was established with a Memorandum of Understanding signed by five parties: the University of St. Martin (under President Francio Guadeloupe), Bureau Telecommunication and Post (director Anthony Carty), the Biz Center of the Chamber of Commerce (Giselle York), the Chamber of Commerce (director Claret Connor) and Member of Parliament Tamara Leonard.

Scell considers the course a success and will begin a new one on August 29. The course will conclude on January 16 of next year; the cost is 960 guilders.

“I feel blessed and totally grateful for to USM/Scell and all supporting organizations on seeing the need for such a valuable course,” Cornelius “Salt” Marie said about the course.

“This Journalism course allowed me the opportunity to value and respect the art of journalism,” commented Nzinga Lake.

“I believe that we all should be as great as we can. Scell open doors for all to be the best individuals they can, personally for themselves and their community,” added Charity Dunker.

I would like to say thank you to Scell for the continuing education opportunity this experience has allowed me to view media, journalism and reporting from a new perspective,” said Cavinna Browne Lyndon.

Scell-director Dr. Natasha Gittens was also satisfied: “This is yet another initiative that Scell fully supported and implemented that showcased our genuine commitment to enhancing the St. Martin community. We are very appreciative of Ms. Brown for her excellent facilitation of the course and we are exceptionally proud of the first graduating class.”

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