The San Pedro Sun

Minister Manuel Heredia donates to SPJC Bachelor’s Program

On Friday, August 1st, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation and Area Representative Manuel Heredia Jr. made a donation to the San Pedro Junior College (SPJC). The $5,000 check went towards the University of Belize (UB) Bachelor’s Degree Program in Tourism Management offered here in San Pedro at the SPJC. The funds will assist SPJC in clearing arrears at UB in order to start the program once again in January 2014.

According to Minister Heredia the check is the first of two donations that will be made towards the program. “My hope is that this financial assistance helps the Tourism Management Bachelor’s Program so that it continues to operate on the island. I am happy to see the initiative in the people wanting to pursue a higher education and I will help as much as I can. Education is key to the development of San Pedro and Belize,” said Heredia.

The Tourism Management Bachelor’s Program is a two year program offered on Fridays and Saturdays at SPJC. This year, the program saw its first graduating class of seven alumni. Receiving the check was SPJC Dean Gustavo Ellis. “Together with the assistance of Minister Heredia and UB, we started offering a Bachelor’s Degree course in Tourism Management here on the island. Our aim is to bring a higher level of education to San Pedro and make it easier for our people to be educated in the field that is most important to our island’s economy,” said Ellis.

The program is scheduled to commence in January 2014. Anyone who possesses an Associate’s Degree and wants to join the program may contact SPJC for more information at 226-4691.