Knox Community College launches agro-processing learning lab  

By Oneika Young

January 23, 2023

Staff and students at Knox Community College celebrated the opening of one of their newest facilities, the Elvris Hewitt-Buckle Learning Laboratory for Agro-processing and Hospitality. The learning lab was established, with support from the Advance Program, to give students access to industry-driven equipment and further ignite their passion for the agro-processing sector. These students are enrolled in the Associate of Applied Science in Agro-Processing and Business Management.  

With USAID support, Advance donated the lab equipment for hands-on practical skills-building, which complement the theory elements students learn in the program.  

Dr. Davia Ramgeet (right), principal of Knox Community College, shares a photograph with Ruth Chisholm (centre), country program director with the Advance Program and Dr. Elvis Hewitt-Buckle (left), past principal and vice principal of Knox Community College.

“All our stakeholders will benefit in the long term, particularly because of the modern equipment donated. Persons are able to access the new technology not only for the purpose of teaching and learning, but faculty can develop their skills through retooling”- Dr. Davia Ramgeet, Principal, Knox Community College.  

The lab was named in honor of Dr. Elvris Hewitt-Buckle, past principal and vice principal of Knox Community College. Knox also officially opened the Earl Thames Building and Roderick Hewitt Library. The Knox learning lab is one of four labs established under the Advance Program.  

Advance is a workforce development program partnering with select tertiary institutions to provide market-relevant training to disadvantaged youth for new or better employment opportunities. The Program is supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by FHI 360. 

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