Dr. the Honourable Rupert Griffith, the Minister of Science and Technology, revealed at the official opening of the Sangre Grande Campus of the College of Science, Technology and Applied Arts of Trinidad and Tobago (COSTAATT) on Wednesday September 04, 2013 that a 200 bed and state of the art health institution is earmarked for Sangre Grande.
The establishment of this hospital will complement the range of courses being offered at this cutting edge educational institute. Offering programs in Nursing and Allied Health, Social Work, Criminal Justice, Entrepreneurship, Natural Sciences, Psychology and Environmental Management and Agribusiness, the Sangre Grande COSTAATT Campus has already created 20 administrative, 20 full-time faculty and 25 part-time faculty jobs.
Speaking at the ceremony, Minister Griffith noted that “the people of the north eastern region, from Toco to Mayaro, will now have access to the new Sangre Grande COSTAATT Campus to strengthen their skills in preparation for employment opportunities”. The creation of the campus is, undoubtedly, a significant milestone in Government’s plans to expand access to tertiary education for all sectors of the population and is all part of plans to create “education cities” within communities.
Minister Griffith also challenged COSTAATT to include tourism studies within the curriculum of the Sangre Grande Campus taking into consideration that the north eastern region has significant potential for ecotourism led by the presence of the majestic leatherback turtles, pristine environment and exotic wildlife.
Minister Griffith also shared the news of this month’s launch of Phrase 1 of the Community-Based Access Centres in Penal and Cumana.
These centers will not be merely internet cafes but will become knowledge and learning hubs as they will provide a mix of services to the community including access to government services. Complementing the work of the Ministry of Tertiary Education and Skills Training, these access centres will provide rural communities with high-quality infrastructure and environments that support delivery of future-focused teaching and learning practices as well as the development of entrepreneurship skills.
Also speaking at the Official Opening of the COSTAATT Sangre Grande Campus were Senator the Honourable Fazal Karim, the Minister of Tertiary Education and Skills Training and the Honourable Colin Partrap, Member of Parliament for Cumuto/Manzanilla.