NEW ERA: Dr. Wayde Marr has been elected President of the Jamaica Information Technology Services Alliance (JITSA) for 2018-2020. He will head up a new executive that includes three vice-presidents (Melarka Williams, Marvyn Eyre and Neil Abrahams), treasurer Pat Tomlinson, secretary Vitra Gopee and directors Dr. Sean Thorpe, David Allen and Stacey Halsall-Peart. According to Marr, JITSA will be proactive in efforts to build techno-business knowledge, upgrading current technical competencies and developing future skills among its membership and the wider IT community.
MONEY WELL SPENT: For Jamaican students sitting the annual CSEC exams, the government underwrites the cost of five subjects, while the NCB Foundation pays full fees for students sitting Principles of Business and Principles of Accounts. Effective May/June 2019, the foundation will also be footing the bill for Information Technology and two non-traditional subjects. “We realize that trends are changing and want to remain relevant. We have doctors and lawyers, for example, who are graduating every year but can’t find jobs. It doesn’t make sense to be producing professionals with these degrees [and] they can’t find jobs,” says NCB Foundation chair, Thalia Lyn. “We need more software engineers, for example. We figure that if we support them now, we will be the employer of choice in the future. It’s very strategic what we are doing.”