Special Awards In Pictures

-Benefits School Bus, Equipped Health Lab
The Grand Bassa County Community College (GBCCC), unlike other community colleges across the country that are reportedly lacking full supports from benefits to their counties, the story of the GBCCC is different.

Established 2008 through an Act of the National Legislature, GBCCC was among community colleges in the country facing major challenge when it comes to mobility for students and instructional staffs as well as well-equipped science laboratory.

GBCCC used the Bassa High School Campus in Buchanan city as a temporary campus prior to relocation at its current 250 acres campus on a little island across the Benson River, south of the city.

After those tough times in the past, the college is now a proud beneficiary of the County Social Development Fund (CSDF) to the county particularly fiscal year or FY2014/2015.

In the FY2014/2015 budget, the college got a 32-seated Honda Bus worth US$63,000 for use by students and instructors, rehabilitation of the only mini bridge connecting the school 250 acres island campus and fully equipped the health science lab of the campus worth US$10,000.00.

Exuberantly conversing with investigative reporters under the guidance of the Liberia Media Center (LMC) and LAVI concerning the usage of the CSDF and Natural Resource Management (NRM), Mariam P. Sumo, the Director of the Health Science Lab at the college proudly said they are now happy than in the past.

Taking the reporters on a guided tour at the demonstration lab (Demo lab), Madam Sumo said the lack of basic training materials used to be a serious problem facing the school and students during their practical time in the school.

“Now we are very happy with the lab. All of those training materials were provided by the county through the County Development Fund. Our lab is now 60-70% equipped. We are just grateful for those materials,” she said.

For her part, the President of the college, Augurie E. Herring proudly said the bus bought for the school from the CSDF is very important to the school because it enables the staffs and the students to get to their various destinations.

“The bus is very helpful. The equipment in the science lab is also helpful because we going through accreditation now in the nursing program. It is helping us a lot to meet the accreditation, we are about 90% completed in the requirement. The bridge too is solid because a guy came from Sweden and said the bridge is solid,” she said.

Herring said the school is happy for those things that the County Social Development Fund (CSDF) was able to provide for GBCCC. Currently the school has 895 students ahead of the next semester.

The school has degree programs in Health Sciences, TVET, ICT, Liberal Art and Teacher Education, Agriculture and Business Administration. Meanwhile, President Herring is appealing to the Liberian Government to help ensure the sustainability aspect of the school, which according to her is a major challenge facing the school.
“We depending on the government, social development funds and fees collected from students to run the college, but for me that’s not enough. We need sustainable income to run these colleges and as such, we are putting out programs to bring in some sustainable income for the college,” she added.

By Reuben Sei Waylaun

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