Portmore Community CollegePortsmouth Waterford Portmore, St Catherine Jamaica
The College opened for classes on January 5, 1992 but was officially opened on February 6, 1992 by then Prime Minister Michael Manley. The initial number of students was 38 an
d there were 7 members of staff. The college, however, had strong potential for growth and 9 years later a second campus was opened in Old Harbour in October 2001 on the former premises of the Old Harbour primary school. The growth has continued and today the college is one of the premier providers of education in the parish with over 2500 students and over 140 staff members between both campuses.
At its inception the college only offered an associate degree. Today the college is divided into six departments and offers several associate and bachelor degrees in addition to other certifications.
The first principal was Miss Shirley Whylie and the first Chairman of the Board was Mr. Fitz Jackson. Since then the college has had two other principals Mrs Karen Kennedy (Principal 2005 - 2014) and Mrs. Corri ne Richards (Principal 2015 - current). The current board chairman is Rev. Karl Henlein.
The energy and dynamism that are portrayed at the Portmore Community College come from the students and staff, who is guided by an experienced and innovative group of administrators.
Under the leadership of the principal, Mrs Corrine Richards, Portmore Community College’s senior administrators oversees the academic and administrative unit of the college. Mrs Richards and her senior administrators are under the stewardship of a government appointed board.
Student Life & Culture
At PCC students work hard and play hard. You will learn inside the classroom as well as outside the classroom. Outside the classroom is where you will learn most of life’s important lessons about collaboration, negotiation, leadership, empathy, joyful curiosity and how to have a good time while you excel academically. PCC’s students' union runs an incredible variety of student groups - more than 10 in total. Among PCC's many groups, you'll certainly find the group that fits you: track team, UCCF, a Circle K club, Choir, Dance and much more.
Computer facilities - PCC computing environment supports a rich array of technologies and information resources for academic and administrative use. Information technology services are provided by many different organisations working collaboratively with the College. The institution has its dedicated IT staff, email system, servers and campus networks. Helpdesk and ICT sub services are provided as a part of the Computer Department of the College. Other computer services include PCCNet (the campus wireless network), the computer labs, cyber centre, technology room and the on-campus telephone system, co-location services for high-performance research computers, and a variety of support services.
Libraries - The college has two libraries across both campuses. Its collections consist of over 3000 volumes of print m aterial for the fields of Engineering, Science, Business, Architecture and Computing. There are also the Institute Archives, which collects records, Gleaner publications, technical reports, and the personal papers of faculty members.
Online Course Delivery (OCD). - PCC Online Course Delivery makes courses, materials used by students available on the web, free of charge, to any student anywhere in the world. OCD is a large-scale, web-based publication, of course materials. Educators are encouraged to use materials for curriculum development, and student self-learners may draw on materials for supplementary use. OCD is online at http://pcc.edu.jm/programs.
Science Laboratories - Portmore Community College boasts two contemporary science lab facilities one on each campus. The science labs cater to all facets of the sciences and are used by CAPE, CSEC, Engineering Science, architectural students. The Science labs are outfitted with all the necessary equipment and resources th at enables science students to successfully carry out research and experiments as required by the programme. The Science lab technician is at hand at both campuses to provide technical assistance to both students and lecturers.
Food Preparation Lab - The College has its food preparation lab base in Old Harbour that serves the Hospitality, Entertainment and Tourism Management program offered only at the Old Harbour campus. The laboratory is equipped with industry standard equipment in addition to all safety requirement sanction by the parish council. Read more......Read less