HistoryJuly 18, 2022 2023-08-23 14:49
About Turks and Caicos Islands Community College - A Brief History
In September 2001 Mr. Carlton Mills, the Deputy Principal, was transferred to Providenciales to coordinate the branch in Providenciales, while Mrs. Claudia Smith was appointed as the first Dean of Academic Studies, resident in Grand Turk. Mr. Samuel Forbes was the first Dean of Technical Studies, who later served as Vice President and administrative head of the Providenciales Campus. In 2003, as numbers increased, the Providenciales Campus was relocated into more spacious rented accommodation. In 2015, once again, the swelling numbers and new programmes forced the College to consider yet another move. There were plans to construct a purpose-built College Campus in Providenciales, with advanced facilities for Sciences, Hospitality, Technical and Vocational Studies, to complement its current Arts and Social Science offerings.
Originally, the TCICC was on the quarter system. However, in August 2004, the College transferred to a semester system similar to other regional and international institutions of higher education. The College continues to exhibit steady growth. It has linkages with several UK, North American and Caribbean institutions whereby credits are easily transferred. New programmes continue to be developed in keeping with the College’s mission statement.
In 2012, following the retirement of President Rev. Julia Williams, Emeritus Professor Mr. Lee Ingham assumed leadership of the College until August 2015. Dr. Hubert Fulford, former Academic Dean, then took on the presidency, succeeded by Clara Gardiner, Interim President, after his retirement in September 2021. Dr. Candice Williams, previously Chair of the Faculty of Education and Training and Assistant to the Vice President, became President on 1 October 2022.
In 2015, Dr. John Mubenwafor became the Dean of Academic & Student Affairs, later succeeded by Suzette Creary, former Chair of the Business Administration faculty, in September 2022.
In 2021, Hon. Rachel Taylor, Minister of Education, of the PNP government, transferred the Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programme to the TCI Community College from the Department of Education. On 1 July 2021, TVET was integrated into the TCI Community College, with Kevin Baxter appointed as the inaugural TVET Dean. This step underscored the government's dedication to nurturing human capital. Also, during this year, the PNP government sanctioned a comprehensive organisational review of the College. Dr. Barbara Ambrister led as the primary consultant, supported by Dr. Allister Hinds. This review led to a complete restructuring of the College, strengthening its governance and institutional frameworks.
The restructuring introduced new positions, including Quality Assurance Manager, Curriculum Development Specialist, Assessment and Monitoring Officer, Workforce Development Officer, Marketing and Communications Officer, IT Manager, Student Support Officer and Human Resource Manager. Nomenclature changes included Vice President Finance, Executive Vice President, Campus Manager, and Finance Manager and a two-year temporary Provost position in Phase 1 of the restructuring. Phase 2 will come into effect during the 2023/2024 fiscal year and sees the introduction of a Vice President of Academic Affairs, Vice President of Operations, College Counsellor, and an Assistant Registrar.
Upon assuming the role of President, Dr. Candice Williams spearheaded the development of a new College vision, mission, and core values. These foundations are integral to the Turks and Caicos Islands Community College's aspiration to become the first choice for education and training, both within the Turks and Caicos Islands and beyond.
The assuming the role of President, Dr. Candice Williams spearheaded the development of a new College vision, mission, and core values. These foundations are integral to the Turks and Caicos Islands Community College's aspiration to become the first choice for education and training, both within the Turks and Caicos Islands and beyond.