The Council of Community Colleges of Jamaica

 History

 

The Council of Community Colleges of Jamaica (CCCJ) is a statutory agency under the Ministry of Education, formed by an Act of Parliament, which was passed in December 2001, to supervise and coordinate the work of Community Colleges in Jamaica. The Council, which comprises members of the Colleges, representatives from other sectors of the tertiary and secondary education system, as well as members of business and industry, held its first meeting in July 2002, and established business Offices at 24, Trafalgar Road in August of the same year.

At present, there are eight affiliate colleges, five of them being Community Colleges and the other three being multi-disciplinary colleges. The colleges offer programmes from the certificate, diploma, associate and baccalaureate levels as well as a number of continuing education courses. Additionally the colleges offer professional programmes, franchise programmes and pre-university courses in collaboration with the University of the West Indies, the University of Technology and other universities/colleges. In the pursuance of the twin objectives to supervise and coordinate the work of the Colleges, the CCCJ is mandated to exercise essentially three main functions.