Chantal A. Statham-Khan
ABE World Prize Winner
'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!
ABE World Prize Winner
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:
- - One can gain an ABE qualification in as little as 6 months;
- - ABE is also one of the most affordable programmes available to nationals of Trinidad and Tobago
- - ABE programmes are accredited in the UK and recognised in Trinidad and Tobago and globally
- - ABE qualifications are very affordable
- - ABE also has progression opportunities with various recognized world ranked Universities
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.
Goommatie Jamie Rattan
ABE World Prize Winner
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".
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.
CTS student wins "Power of Football" contest
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."
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Abdur Raheem Mohammed
ABE World Prize Winner
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 Anika Alana Williams
ABE World Prize Winner
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".
ABMA Outstanding Achievement
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
CTS College Wall of Famer - June 2013
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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