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CTS College’s student Kevin David creates history – the first Trinidadian to be named as the AIB MBA Valedictorian and the first time in AIB’s history that a student has been named as Valedictorian of two separate qualifications.
CTS College of Business and Computer Science is proud to announce a remarkable and extraordinary accomplishment by one of our MBA students Mr. Kevin Mordecia David. Kevin was enrolled in the Australian Institute of Business’ (AIB) MBA Programme and completed it in September 2018. This year Kevin attained the highest grade point average of all students eligible to graduate in December 2018, not only in CTS College, not only in Trinidad but in the entire world! As such he has been named as the class Valedictorian!
This feat is exceptional considering he was also the Valedictorian for the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) Programme and attained the highest grade point average for that programme in the graduating class of 2017. This is the first time in AIB’s history that a single student has been named as Valedictorian of two separate qualifications. This achievement is a testimony to Kevin’s dedication and commitment towards his academic and career goals. Kevin was an exemplary student who attended all of his classes, was always punctual and undertook his assignments and exams with resolute and committed fervour.
According to Kevin, the reason for his success is his personal credo, “Give God pre-eminence, believe, make positive affirmations and act.” Affirmations of study success were precipitated by a meticulous study regime, hard work, and dedication. The importance of the support of family, friends, employer and CTS College was another critical success factor. Notably, he was impacted by the relevance and importance AIB and CTS placed on its student support framework, reinforced by lecturers that were both dynamic and effective in their teaching methods who availed themselves to students outside normal college hours. He’s humbled and grateful for the opportunity to have pursued and completed the AIB BBA, MBA qualifications and copping the world prize for the top student on both occasions. Both AIB and CTS should be acknowledged for their impact in revealing student’s God-given potential for overwhelming academic success and making dreams a reality!
His advice to any student wanting to achieve similar success is to…. Give God pre-eminence.... Believe, make positive affirmations and Act (work hard)!
We at CTS College are proud to be associated with Kevin’s achievements and we sincerely congratulate him and wish him all the best in his future endeavours. We reiterate Kevin’s sentiments that there is no shortcut to academic success and with hard word, dedication and a little support from us, no dream is impossible or too hard to achieve!
I am delighted to receive the December 2017 top paper award in Quantitative Methods for Business Management. I currently hold a BSc. Degree in Chemistry from the University of the West Indies, so initially my goal was to pursue a career in the Science field. My first job after graduating from the UWI was in the financial services sector and this ignited in me an interest in Business as well as a desire to pursue studies in this area.
I chose CTS College to pursue the ABE Level 5 Diploma from its numerous positive student testimonials. From day one at the institution, it was very evident that the College holds true to their vision statement of efficiently delivering courses in a customer-focused manner. CTS has a cadre of devoted, engaging and thorough lecturers who are willing to go the extra mile for students, providing support even outside of the classroom via e-mail or phone in order to ensure success in exams.
This accomplishment would not have been possible without discipline, determination and hard work as well as the support of others. Many thanks to Mr. Maharaj and the staff at CTS College for their guidance as well as to my family and friends for their support while pursuing my studies.
Rama Mathura has been an instrumental figure in the development of the minds of the students of CTS College since 2011. As a lecturer that exemplifies the motto of 'Education beyond the Academics,' he ensures that the subject matter is delivered in a timely manner and makes himself available to students for additional advice and guidance. He is actively involved at CTS, participating in events held by the Social Events Committee, is an active member of Animals Alive Animal Sanctuary and has recently kicked off a new line of DIY courses at CTS College in vocational education. Lastly, it should be highlighted that Mr. Mathura also involved in providing Health and Safety training to students at CTS. The years of dedication and a sense of humour in the classroom has won a place in the students' hearts, leading to prestigious nomination for the CTS Wall of Fame.
His focus is to have all students pass their exam, with an underlying agenda of preparing them for situations that they would face outside the classroom and within the workplace. He believes that his biggest contribution to CTS would be his strong work ethic which allows him to be extremely well organised in the delivery of his courses. He differentiated CTS from the other places that he has worked, claiming that the objectives of being customer centric and family oriented reign true. "People genuinely try to help each other at CTS, you don't see that in other organisations" as stated by Mr. Mathura in a recent interview. When asked what advice he would give to students, his response was to consider the saying, "Life does not owe us anything; the notion that we can get more out of life than what we put out is a fallacy, it goes against the laws of the universe, students need to 'buckle' down and put in work if they expect to be successful. We all have a have a duty to give back in some way." In his case, he gives back to society through being an educator. He is motivated through providing knowledge, hope and helping students reach their goals.
Students have called him approachable, accessible, friendly and states that he has a wonderful sense of humour that breaks the monotony in the classroom. He encourages his students to be the best that they can be, academically and in other aspects of life that they seek advice on. He individualizes his students and puts detail into the preparation of his course materials to facilitate the different learning styles present within the classroom. Beyond the allotted working hours, Mr. Mathura has offered his assistance, and is available via email, phone call and to meet when in need. He is a lecturer that you remember throughout your journey as a CTS student, and into the life of an alumni. When asked what this nomination means he stated "It is deeply gratifying and indeed very humbling to be considered for this nomination from the students of CTS College".
It is an honour to receive the ABE Top Paper Award for the Level 6 Project Management unit. Many thanks go out to my lecturer for his guidance in this module along with the necessary assistance from my support network and the admin team.
Registering with CTS College to pursue the ABE course of study was one of the best decisions I have ever made both financially and career wise. The key to passing all my exams was not by chance but rather through having a strong desire for knowledge and finding the learning style that was right for me.
In order for one to successfully pursue such programme, it is essential to first harness a sound understanding of the concepts underpinning business management practices both in its traditional and contemporary forms. This for me was achieved at the previous level through a series of lectures, study sessions and analysis of past paper questions and answers. One can benefit greatly by understanding how the modules inter-link as this will set the foundation for all other modules to follow in the advanced level.
My advice to those facing challenges is to persevere. Sometimes it may mean having to get it wrong 10 times only for you to discover how to get it right the 11th time.
I am extremely honored to be the recipient of the ABMA Education Outstanding Achievement Award for the June 2016 series of examinations at CTS College of Business and Computer Science. I am sincerely grateful to the CTS College for the recognition I have received for my work.
I am truly delighted on receiving this award; however, I did encounter challenges along the way. Fortunately all my tutors were more than willing to guide and support each student by providing individual attention, thus creating a student-friendly environment.
Key factors that helped me in the ABMA programme were: strong will, remaining focused and investing hours of study time to my school work. My advice to new students pursuing this programme is to accept responsibility for your own education and develop strong academic habits such as keeping schedules, setting academic goals, attending all classes and using numerous resources. Most importantly, ask questions. "Successful students ask questions to provide the quickest route between the ignorance and knowledge". The work may seem overwhelming at times and you will face obstacles along the way but prioritize and trust in your ability and success will be yours.
Winning this award would not have been possible without the inspiration I have received from my family, lecturers and my colleagues for whom I have the deepest respect. In difficult times, I turned to my family for support. The dedicated lecturers helped create a favorable environment for my academic success. A special thank you goes out to Mr. Ramganesh, who patiently assisted me with my work and answered all my questions. Also, I am thankful to God for providing me with faith and courage to continue persevering along the way.
Presently, I am a student at the University of the West Indies in the Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering but I will be back at CTS College in the very near future. I am continuing to achieve greater heights in my future engineering career and eagerly seeking new opportunities where I can best utilize my skills, broaden my knowledge and be an effective contributor to society. Thank you again CTS College for this wonderful recognition.
Note from the College:
Devindra Rampersad won the ABMA Education Outstanding Achievement Award for having the highest average globally at the Level 6 Computing and Information Systems exams in June 2016. His scores were 100, 99, 94, 92 and 87 in the 5 modules. He is the first and only student to have achieved 100 in a module in the ABMA programme.
Having a positive attitude is the first step to accomplishing anything.
From the very first moment I walked into CTS College up to today I have been completely impressed by the level of service and dedication every member of staff displayed. When I first started the ABE course I still was not 100% sure if this was the direction I wanted to undertake. However, as time progressed I became aware of the options available to me and everything just seems to fall into place.
Although I worked hard and was extremely disciplined in my studies, I am still in awe of having achieved distinctions (A*) in each of the 4 subjects undertaken in the June 2016 ABE examination. Winning a World Prize for Introduction to Quantitative Methods is truly a humbling experience. However, credit must be given to the staff and students of CTS College for making this possible. My classmates made the ABE/CTS College experience a truly enjoyable one. We have an excellent support system and our bond is more of a family than just friends. My lecturers were truly inspirational, going above and beyond the call to ensure that students were well prepared for their exams. I would also like to thank my family for their love and support and for creating an environment at home to stimulate learning.
Having won a World Prize, I am grateful to CTS College for the scholarship given to me and for investing in my holistic development. The prizes and accolades are more than I imagined.
I am currently pursing ABE Level 5 in hopes to build the foundation for my career and broaden my knowledge. My passion lies in a mixture of business and culinary arts and I hope to one day open my very own gourmet café.
To all students, continue to study hard and work towards your goals; don't give up when obstacles come your way, continue to fight the good fight. It is important that you study regularly by both reading the text/notes and attempting lots of past paper questions. Spend time helping others as it reinforces your own learning and very importantly, enjoy your study experience, have fun along the way and use the classroom not just as a learning ground for academic excellence, but for creating lifelong friends.
Thanks to CTS College and ABE for bringing me one step closer to making my dreams a reality.
'It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop'
I started ABE Business Management having no idea of what I wanted to do. I was always impressed from day one with CTS College and have seen it grown into a renowned institution. After completing the Certificate Level, I was certain that I wanted to continue studying the ABE programme with CTS College. Studying ABE has opened up my opportunities in a broad range of expertise with certificates and diplomas being completed in a span of six months. Honestly, I have no complaints, CTS College have satisfied my academic needs; where do you find a lecturer willing to give you their personal contact (both email and mobile number) so that you reach them outside of school hours or a lecturer willing to email you at late hours of the night to assist in your studying. The lecturers at CTS College truly have the zeal for teaching and also ensuring that all their students succeed. They are definitely #1 for putting students first and I would like to thank them for that.
Winning the ABE World Prize was one of the biggest accomplishments that I have earned. I am so proud and I can confidently declare that hard work and sacrifice truly pays off. I would like to thank my support system for always encouraging me and motivating me when I felt like giving up. Anyone can win a world prize so keep reminding yourself of this every day. Will it be easy? Nope. Will it be worth it? Absolutely!
Education is a critical ingredient in fulfilling one’s career aspiration and choosing the most appropriate programme and the best school to enrol in required significant research.
I chose to study the ABE Business Management programme because I saw the massive impact being ABE qualified had on my co-workers and peers who were getting ahead of the rest in their relevant jobs. Some of the key features that helped me to choose the ABE qualification were:
Choosing the right College was easier than I thought. I wanted to study at a college that was student centred and offered lots of support – both in and outside of the classroom. There was really no other option other for me than CTS College after hearing of their fantastic lecturers, excellent customer service and academic achievements. My expectations were surpassed on the first day of my lectures with Mr. Ravi Ragoonath and Mr. Arnold Ramjitsingh. I could have truly seen their passion for teaching and wanting their students to succeed. This was a definite motivational factor in my quest to achieve success.
Winning a World prize is truly an amazing accomplishment for me and it just shows that with the power of prayer, perseverance and the right attitude, achieving your goals seems effortless. Hard work is never overrated and having to balance multiple schedules; this proved to be a major factor in attaining success. I would also like to thank my family who have always supported and motivated me in my endeavours.
It is with immense pride and joy that we share the story of our latest ABE World Prize winner Ms. Goommatie Jamie Rattan.
Initially Ms. Rattan's decision to enrol with CTS College was only from a financial standpoint as the rates CTS offered were very competitive. She began at the ABE Level 4 and then continued to Level 5. Goommatie states that her decision to continue through to the other level was based on so many other factors with the most significant being the dedication shown by her lecturers. She went on to say in the most ecstatic manner "Where have you ever heard of a lecturer apologising for giving you a low grade?" It was none other than the academic director and Quantitative Methods lecturer Mr. Ravi Ragoonath that did so in an effort to encourage his students to achieve higher standards in the assessments. He is also the lecturer that tutored Goommatie for the subject in which she won the ABE World Prize.
A humble Goommatie thanked not only Mr. Ragoonath but all her lecturers who constantly encouraged and motivated her to strive for excellence. The world prize winner expressed that it was no easy task having to balance both work and school schedules. However she attested that anything was possible with great support from her parents, family, friends and coworkers. Goommatie engaged in constant revision and past papers, which was the general routine on study days.
The CTS and ABE World Prize winner closed by stating, "It still surprises me that I could have achieved this high honor and I am humbled by the well wishes and commendations as a result of such achievement." But it goes to show us that with hard work, support of those closest to us, teachers, classmates and administration anything is possible".
Note from the College:
CTS College congratulates Goommatie on this wonderful achievement and wishes her the very best in future endeavors. It is truly a special moment to share in the success of our students who continue to inspire us each day.
Nicholas Griffith, a 28-year-old football coach from Crown Trace in Enterprise, was on his way home from a tournament in Tobago when a tweet informed him that his youth club had just won the "Power of Football" contest for its positive impact on the community.
And, as a reward from the title sponsor, Griffith will receive a Kia Soul car.
"I just went crazy," Griffith told Wired868. "It was an overwhelming, joyous feeling and I just started bawling… After spending so many years working with at-risk youths and to be rewarded at an international stage for it, is something that cannot be replaced.
"Winning a vehicle feels good but it cannot compensate for the hard work I have done over the years. It is the recognition from an international body that really lifted me."
It is a dizzying height for a club that had a quite unglamorous start in Crown Trace.
Every day, Griffith would walk past scores of youths smoking and gambling on the streets while the area had a reputation for much worse. He never played football himself beyond scrimmages on the road and a cameo in one Republic Bank Youth competition; but he felt that was the best way to reach them.
"I wasn't much of a football fan then," said Griffith. "But I felt I had to do something and what they liked most in the area was football."
Abdur completed the ABE Level 5 Diploma and after hearing about CTS College and all our achievements via our website and by other students decided to enroll for the ABE Level 6 Diploma with CTS College. He stated "I have to experience it - great service, support and lecturers, as seeing is believing".
Upon receiving the wonderful news of winning the ABE World Prize for Project Management Abdur was very excited but thankful to all those that would have contributed to his success. He stated, "It proves to me that nothing is impossible. Sometimes you may think as a student, you are seen as a slow learner or someone that is of a low academic class but don't ever let this demotivate you. Always remember the saying, "Shoot for the moon, even if you miss, you'll end up with the stars."
CTS College congratulates Abdur on his wonderful achievement and wishes him the very best in future endeavors. It is truly a special moment to share in the success of our students who continue to inspire us each day.
Abdur closed by saying, "Once you put your mind towards it, with a little extra effort and time, the end result will always be in your favor. I would highly recommend anyone to join CTS College, become part of the family, experience quality service in education and enjoy success!"
Nataki started CTS College and the ABE programme after both were highly recommended from three of her friends who were students of the college. Nataki stated "With all things new, a degree of uncertainty and fear existed and I had three options via which I could respond; fight, flight or freeze. With the encouragement all around I chose to fight my fears and sign up to complete my ABE Management Information Systems diploma with CTS".
When Nataki heard the news that she had won two World Prizes in the December 2013 examination sitting of Information Systems Development and Information Systems Applications for Business, she was ecstatic but humble. She said, "For any student, achieving academic goals is a great feat, however, when you achieve those goals with a few key people supporting you, it brings an all-round feeling of happiness".
Nataki Anika Alana Williams has shown that with hard work and dedication success is inevitable. CTS College would like to congratulate Nataki on her wonderful double World Prize achievement and wish her the very best in future endeavours.
Her closing words of motivation words were, "I encourage all ABE students to keep striving for excellence and know that being a winner is possible, never give up, keep fighting and success will be yours".
It is with great pride we announce yet another world class exam performance from one of our very own CTS students, Ms. Itasha Leon. She was enrolled in the ABMA programme and has performed quite commendably throughout the duration of the programme. ABMA has announced that following the June 2013 examinations, Ms. Leon results were identified as being worthy of an ABMA Outstanding Achievement Award. ABMA announced that her overall results were exceptional and placed her among the top performers! Itasha got the top mark in each of her 5 exams at CTS and had an outstanding overall average of 82 marks.
As a result Ms. Leon has been awarded the prestigious ABMA Outstanding Achievement Medal and certificate of achievement. For CTS College this is a personal accomplishment and prestigious moment, considering it is the very first time exams at Level 6 of the ABMA programme were being written. We take this opportunity to congratulate Itasha and wish her all the best in her bright and promising future.
Over the years CTS College and our students have achieved many accomplishments, successes and world prizes. When compared to the likes of many other larger institutions, size made no difference as we stood out in academic results and educational standard achievements in the form of QuITE Awards won in 2 consecutive years. As we pride in these achievements we would like to mention and bring to the forefront some unsung heroes who without them these accomplishments would not have been possible – Our Lecturers Extraordinaire!!!!
In recognising these dedicated individuals, each month we would like to feature a lecturer. For the month of August our feature lecturer is Mr. Arnold Ramjitsingh. Over the years Mr. Ramjitsingh has earned a reputation as lecturer extraordinaire and has earned his fair share of world prizes at various course levels. His penchant for detail and going beyond for students has lead to many testimonials from students thanking him for his devoted services over the years. As we feature Mr. Ramjitsingh we would also like to share an article written by him on his experiences at CTS College:
CTSCBCS...a place to inspire and be inspired!
Joining CTS in 2003 has been a tremendous learning experience and one of the best decisions of my life. I would encourage and invite anyone to join our staff faculty. CTS is a growing institution with a friendly, family and welcoming atmosphere. Students, faculty, staff and administrators create a culture of close knit relationships that is rich in diversity by any definition. We embrace learning by challenging ideas, dissecting issues and by responding to industry needs with relevant and contemporary programs.
CTS maintains a tradition of quality education, success and commitment. A unified cadre of dedicated, experienced and well qualified lecturers consistently produces top students and world prize winners in every program of study. At the helm of the College are directors who practice a truly innovative style of leadership which focuses on building effective and lasting relationships with students. In addition faculty and staff all play an active role in shaping the futures of students. They take the time to get to know each student and work with them on an individual basis to meet their needs and attain their educational goals.
One of the hallmark features of the College is its focus on the holistic growth and development of the student. Alumni, sports and family days, mentorship and myriad of extracurricular opportunities enable students to become balanced, mature and well rounded graduates. The best thing about being an educator at this level is the impact you can have on students and the direct influence on their futures. Instructing can be challenging, but it is also rewarding to be given the privilege to teach someone, to inspire and to help improve their life. Watching students develop and change over the semester is a real reward for me.
In conclusion, CTS is a place where lasting relationships are forged, futures are shaped and leaders are born. CTS is indeed...a place where education is beyond academics.
CTS College Lecturer
Wesley Gervais is an aspiring entrepreneur and IT professional with over 6 years of experience in the field of Information Systems and Technology. His work experience spans from organisations such as Republic Bank Ltd, Office of the Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago and Government Information Services Ltd. He graduated with First Class Hons in BSc Computer Science from the University of Hertfordshire, UK through CTSCBCS in 2011. He has achieved various awards over the years such as the NCC Regional Achiever award for the highest score in the 2nd year of his degree program, placing 1st in one of his final year modules, winning an Idea 2 Innovation (I2I) award for 2012 and winning an award in the best Economic Entrepreneur Category of the Caribbean Innovation Challenge (CIC) in April 2013 in Barbados. Most Recently, Wesley won the Louis Ferrand's Social Entrepreneur Award at the Talent and Innovation (TIC) Americas 2013 held in Antigua Guatemala in June. He was one of two Trinidadians who won awards at this event.
His winning business idea for the I2I, CIC and TIC was Hivesource, which is an online outsourcing marketplace that promotes online project based work for skilled individuals. This started as his final year project which he intended to commercialise to be used by the public. Since then, this goal has now become closer to reality as he hopes to launch the beta version of the website within a few weeks.
While at the TIC Americas, Wesley was also selected to be the Caribbean representative to present concrete recommendations and actions gathered from plenary sessions at the CIC and the TIC, to the Heads of Delegation at the OAS General Assembly on June 4th 2013.
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