High-school students in western Jamaica were recently given an opportunity to learn more about what to expect when they enter the working world. They participated in the inaugural staging of the St James High School’s Grade 11 Empowerment Seminar.
The seminar, which was held at the Hilton Rose Hall Hotel in Montego Bay, under the theme ‘Empowering The Youths For Success Toward Better Living,’ saw students from several high schools in the parish and neighbouring parishes receiving presentations on professionalism and deportment, success in the workplace, financial independence, and obedience to the law of the land.
In addition to the students from St James High School, there were also students from Cambridge High School, Anchovy High School, Irwin High School, Maldon High School, Cornwall College, the Hanover-based Merlene Ottey High School, and the Manchester-based Mt St Joseph School.
Joseph Williams, principal of St James High, expressed much excitement about the seminar’s capacity to provide worthwhile knowledge to the students as they prepare to move on to another phase in their lives.
“I am so elated, because this is the first-ever such seminar, and you need to understand you are a part of
history created here in St James,” Williams said in his address to the students. “When the presenters come along, and you hear something that touches you, make sure you absorb it, and rejoice and be glad.”