VMBS News & Events
We are a mutual organisation whose mission is to maximize value for our members and other key stakeholders by providing exceptional financial services locally, regionally and internationally to Caribbean nationals through enabling technology and a highly trained and motivated team.
McGrath High stages career expo
April 3, 2012
Olympian Cathy Rattray (right), project officer at the Mutual Building Societies Foundation (MBSF), advises Sharry Bennett (centre), a sixth form student at the McGrath High School in Linstead, St Catherine, about the career opportunities available in the field of sports. Beside Sharry is Nevick Johnson, a teacher of Physical Education at McGrath High.
MCGRATH High in Linstead, St Catherine, one of six ruralbased high schools under the Centres of Excellence programme, recently staged a Career Expo and Open Day to expose students to a range of post-secondary options and showcase students' entrepreneurial skills.
The high school students received information on programmes offered by tertiary institutions such as the University of the West Indies, Mona; the Mico University College; the University College of the Caribbean; the College of Agricultural Science and Education and the Portmore Community College, among others. The students also received information on financial products, services and scholarships offered by The Victoria Mutual Building Society and the Jamaica National Building Society and other financial institutions.
Amina Blackwood-Meeks, director of Culture in Education in the Ministry of Education, unveils a monument bearing the school's motto and mission statement as well as the names of current and former principals of the McGrath High School in Linstead, St Catherine. Blackwood-Meeks was guest speaker at the Career Expo and Open Day recently held at the school. Witnessing the unveiling are Custos of St Catherine, Sophia Azan (right of Blackwood-Meeks). and next to her is Dr Cynthia Anderson, Principal of McGrath High School.
Speakers at the Expo included Custos for the parish of St Catherine, Sophia Azan; acclaimed storyteller and Director of Culture in Education in the Ministry of Education, Amina Blackwood-Meeks, who delivered the main presentation; and Cathy Rattray, project officer at the Mutual Building Societies Foundation (MBSF).
The MBSF was formed by VMBS and JNBS to manage the Centres of Excellence programme. The programme, which is funded equally by the building societies for $100 million over a five-year period, seeks to transform education delivery and performance in the six rural high schools including McGrath High.