A Year of Opportunities...
* Free Help for Small Businesses
* Employee Spotlight
* A New Home for CELL on St. Croix
* Beverage Service Technicians for the Territory
* New Certification Program for the Taxi and Tour Industry
In this, our first issue of
Connections, it's important to take
a few moments to reflect on our
achievements thus far. In the five
years UVICELL has been in
existence, so much has been
accomplished. CELL would not
have been possible without a
dedicated staff, the UVI family,
the students who have allowed
CELL to make a difference in their
lives, and the businesses that
have shown unwavering support.
We face new goals and
challenges, but with your help the
rewards will be worthwhile. As we
set our sights on achieving Vision
2012, we say a special thanks to
all those who have played a
pivotal role in making CELL such
a tremendous force in the
FREE HELP FOR SMALL BUSINESSES
Did you know that small businesses have access to free resources
that can help them become OSHA compliant and maintain a safe
and healthy workplace? The Safety in Paradise Program is a free,
confidential service funded primarily through the Occupational Safety
and Health Administration (OSHA), and is independent of federal or
The Consultation Program is available to private sector employers,
especially those in smaller high-hazard industries, and helps them
comply with applicable federal and local workplace safety and health
regulations. Services include on-site safety and health consulting services, training,
technical assistance, access to safety and health videos, and informational publications,
including free safety and health training materials. To take advantage of this resource,
request a free consultation from the OSHA Consultation Program today.
Did you know...
The UVICELL Safety in Paradise program offers free and confidential
consulting service to small business. To find out more call 693-1100.
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A NEW FACE AT CELL
There is a new face to go along with the newly established OSHA Consultation Program.
CELL recently hired a Safety Specialist to provide technical assistance to small
businesses that need help in establishing a safety and health program.
.. Dr. Eddie Scotland joined the UVI family in July 2006 and brings over 15 years
-.. experience in environmental health to the University of the Virgin Islands. Prior to joining
UVI, Dr. Scotland served as the Environmental Health Officer for the Government of
S;Dominica. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Health and Safety, a
Master's Degree in Industrial Relations, and recently received his Doctorate in
Dr. Eddie Scotland
r. ie coan Administration and Leadership Studies at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Scotland sees his major challenge as "getting people to understand the value of
safety." Instead of viewing safety as an expense, Dr. Scotland hopes to change this
perception by showing businesses that safety is an investment that will yield great benefits
in the long-run. Welcome aboard Eddie!
A NEW SITE IN SIGHT FOR CELL
Deciding where to hold courses on St. Croix will soon become a thing of the
past for CELL. In September CELL, in conjunction with Our Town Frederiksted
(OTF), celebrated the renovation of a two-story training facility on Hospital Street
in Frederiksted. The facility will serve as a training center and will house the
offices of CELL and Our Town Frederiksted.
b4 ^ The project will allow UVI to maintain a presence and support revitalization
efforts in the historic town of Frederiksted. The Center will provide targeted
training opportunities for Virgin Islanders and support the needs of the emerging
Dr. Ragster and
Mr. Alphonso Franklin business community.
President of Our Town
Frederiksted, attend CELL CELL was awarded a three-year $541,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and
on St. Croix Urban Development to help fund the building renovation and training programs. Land was
generously donated to Our Town Frederiksted by a local property owner and the completed
edifice will be owned by Our Town Frederiksted. Additional funding was provided to Our
Town Frederiksted by the federal and local government and other sources. Construction is
expected to be complete by March 2007 and the building should be operational in Spring
Specializing in Futures... U V IC E L L
CHANGING THE FACE OF THE TAXI AND TOUR INDUSTRY
The creation of a new program geared toward the hospitality industry will help to
revolutionize the industry for years to come. Seventeen taxi and tour operators
made Virgin Islands history as they were the first to become certified taxi and tour
operators. The aim of the program is to enhance visitors' experience and ensure
that accurate information about the history and culture of the Virgin Islands is
Many of the graduates, like Olando Donadelle, view this program as a must for
those conducting tours. Donadelle believes "other islands are getting in gear withed Taxi & Tr
First class of Certified Taxi & Tour Operators
their plans for tourism and we have to make a conscious effort to improve the
taxi and tour industry." To receive certification, graduates attended nightly classes that covered Customer Service, V.I.
History and Culture, Points of Interest and Presentation Skills. In addition, they were required to pass a 100-question exam
and put the presentation skills acquired in class to use during the exam.
Graduates receiving certification included: Allembert Armitage, Walter Blackman, Dale Blyden, Rupert Connor, Olando
Donadelle, Tahir Donadelle, Bruce Flamon, Oliver Fredericks, Davis Gumbs, Roy Kentish, Burlie Montoute, Alvin Raymond,
Ronald Roberts, Douglas Samuel, Terrence Todman, Gloria Wilson, and David Williams.
BEVERAGE EQUIPMENT SOLUTIONS
You can find BUNN Beverage Equipment in convenience stores, fast food and family
style restaurants, cafeterias, hotels and cruise ships. However, when it comes to the
Virgin Islands, there is a shortage of qualified technicians available to repair these
machines. To address this problem, CELL partnered with the BUNN Corporation ,
Caf6 Development Group, Inc, Ken's Beverage, Inc. and the Wilbur Curtis
Company to train a cadre of locals to service the territory.
In October 2006, 14 students completed a 20-hour training program that focused on
the repair of coffee, tea and other beverage equipment. The course, the first in a Beverage equipment training at the
series, provided basic skills needed to assess the electrical, heating and other causes UVICELL Center
of equipment malfunction. The three-part program is designed to certify students as beverage technicians, a requirement of
most service companies and leading equipment manufacturers.
For business owners like Ronald Norton, owner of R & J Island Latte, the course was a valuable source of information. "In
business you acquire a lot of equipment and it's important to maintain the equipment. It was helpful to know how to do
simple troubleshooting for my business."
In addition to course lessons, students received hands-on practice on actual customer brewing equipment. A day was also
set aside for a live simulation at the Holiday Inn Windward Passage Hotel and the Wyndham Sugar Bay Beach Resort.
Instructors for the course were from two leading companies in their respective fields BUNN Corporation, the leading
supplier of beverage brewing equipment world-wide and Ken's Beverage Company, which supplies service and customer
repairs to many of the leading companies in the food service industry such as McDonald's and Starbucks.
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* CELL is an authorized provider of the International Association of Continuing
Education and Training (IACET). As an authorized provider, CELL can grant
IACET Continuing Education Units (CEUs). The IACET CEU is internationally
recognized as a measure of quality in continuing education and training programs.
* Veterans of the U.S. Virgin Islands are now afforded expanded educational
benefits. Qualified veterans now have the opportunity to earn professional
certificates through the CELL Center. To find out if you qualify, contact the Office
of Veterans Affairs at 773-6663 on St. Croix and 774-6100 on St. Thomas.
* CELL now offers over 300 online programs that can be taken from the
convenience of your home or office. To find out more, visit the http://cell.uvi.edu.
* CELL is looking for qualified instructors to expand program offerings. If you have
an idea for a new program or are interested in teaching a course, please forward
your ideas and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Take the opportunity to move ahead in your career with a convenient course,
certificate program, training series or workshop from the CELL Center. For the
current schedule, call the office or visit the web site today.
* Need customized solutions? CELL can work with your organization to deliver
training in a format that best fits your needs. Training can be conducted at your
facility, our facility, or another location of your choice.
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