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Technical, Vocational & Continuing Education


"Furthering the Education of Cayman’s Workforce Today & Tomorrow"

UCCI offers a number of programmes designed to allow persons employed in local industries to develop their professional skills. These programmes are typically offered on a part-time or day release basis. Other vocational courses in air conditioning, plumbing and construction are available.

Students can also benefit from language courses such as English for Speaker of Other Languages (ESOL) and Spanish. Leisure courses including astronomy, piano and steelpan are offered as well.

To view the current schedule of programmes, please visit the Course Calendars section.



Programmes & Courses

The programmes & courses of the Department of Technical, Vocational and Continuing Education fall into these categories:

The teaching is mostly delivered by experienced Adjunct Lecturers.

UCCI Department of Technical, Vocational and Continuing Education welcomes you!

 

Academic Courses

Currently, these are as follows:

English for Speakers of Other Languages
ESoL Level 1 Attendance 7 weeks - two evenings each week (28 hours)

This course is suitable for persons seeking to improve their ability to speak, read & write English. The emphasis is on oral communication. It is aimed at those who have had limited, if any, exposure to formal English tuition.
ESoL Level 2 Attendance 7 weeks - two evenings each week (28 hours)

This course is suitable for students who have completed ESoL level 1 or who have received some formal instruction in English or who are currently exposed on a regular basis to English, either in the workplace or in the home. The course builds on the grammar and vocabulary of ESOL level 1 and language encountered in the workplace. It is not recommended for beginners.
Basic English Attendance 14 weeks – one evening each week (28 hours)

This course is intended to follow Esol 2. It provides students with the necessary skills to enable confident, error-free, oral and written communication. Students will acquire basic grammar, spelling & punctuation skills, improve their vocabulary range, personal writing & reading skills and develop their listening and comprehension skills.

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Technical-Vocational Programmes & Courses

These programmes & courses concentrate on performing engineering operations and are ideal foundation qualifications that support delivery & assessment of the basic skills & knowledge required for entry or career progression in the Engineering Maintenance & Repair Sector, where the need to keep up with rapidly developing technologies is essential.

Part I courses are normally offered during the Fall Semester with Part II in the Spring and Part III (where applicable) in the Summer Semesters. Attendance is normally 2 hours per week over 14 weeks for each course. Courses are taught by Practitioners or ex-Practitioners.

Technical-Vocational Programmes & Courses
Computer Technician Certificate One Academic Year (Lab-based)

The Computer Technician Certificate is a programme that has been designed to conform to Industry Standard Certification such as CompTIA (A + Certification) and Microsoft (MCTS and MCITP Certifications).

It  is intended to prepare students to take up entry-level front-line positions as hardware, software and desktop support technicians  in any IT-based business environment. Students also acquire the foundation for further professional advancement in Computer Science.
Fundamentals of Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration Two Semesters, Parts I & II (Workshop-based)

The aim is to impart an appreciation of the function, maintenance & repair of residential refrigeration & air-conditioning systems. Safe working practices are stressed throughout.

Part I concerns the construction, operation & servicing of compressors, air handlers and thermostatic control systems. Part II concentrates on commercial systems.
Fundamentals of Electro-Technology Two Semesters, Parts I & II (Lab-/Workshop-based)

In Part I students are introduced to essential electrical, electronic & electro-magnetic principles as well as made aware of the dangers inherent in the utilization of electric energy. The construction & operation of machines such as generators, transformers and motors are investigated. An over-view of the CUC generation-transmission-distribution system is imparted.

Part II concentrates on the Electrical Installation itself, highlighting circuit methods for provision of lighting & power. The National Electrical Code governing the provision of supply, installation & testing is introduced along with a consideration of three-phase systems.
Electrical Licensing Preparation One Semester (Classroom-based)

This is a one-semester intensive course intended to prepare candidates for the C.I. Government Electrical Licensing Examinations at Wireman & Journeyman level. Candidates are required to determine their eligibility to take these examinations by contacting the Planning Department. The aim is to impart familiarity & a sound working knowledge of the National Electrical Code. A pre-existing knowledge of essential electrical theory, safe working habits & experience in electrical installation work are pre-requisites. The end of course Practice Examination is UCCI set & assessed and does not carry Electrical Licensing Board Ratification. It is intended to provide experience of examination conditions and practice only. Possession of an electronic calculator and a current copy of the NEC are essential.
Fundamentals of Construction Three Semesters, Parts I, II & II (Classroom- & Workshop-based)

This course, although designed for practitioners in the Construction Sector who require theoretical skills upgrading, is also suitable for those wishing to gain insight into the many facets of Construction Work. The objectives are to inculcate sound working practices, develop an appreciation for the underpinning technologies involved, upgrade existing levels of competence and develop an awareness of Building Regulations & Specifications. The following areas are covered in the 3 parts of the Program: Health & Safety, Craft Practice (including building layout, foundations, concrete work & block-laying), Blueprint Reading (including symbols, scaling, elevations & specifications), Calculations & Estimating.
Fundamentals of Plumbing Parts I & II (Workshop-based)

This hands-on course offers an opportunity to prepare persons for entry to the Plumbing Sector whilst also enhancing pre-existing skills of those already employed there. The following topics are dealt with in Part I: Safety awareness, Plumbing Terminology, tools & fixtures, instrumentation & materials, water supply systems (municipal, wells & cisterns), water treatment & filtration, waste & septic systems, piping materials & fittings, water heating systems, blueprint interpretation, repair techniques & practices. Part II deals with Plumbing Installations for multi-story & commercial buildings and dwellings, swimming pools, hot tubs & spas, sprinkler systems, Plumbing Calculations and an intensive survey of the Plumbing Code of Practice.
Building Maintenance Three Semesters, Parts I, II & II (Workshop-based)

This new Program is offered in conjunction with DART (Cayman) and is primarily aimed at Building Maintenance Personnel who are responsible for the monitoring & maintenance of services in Commercial & Public Buildings. It also offers an access path to others who require hands-on experience before making a career decision towards one of the 3 primary components of Building Services Engineering: Electrical, Plumbing & Air Conditioning, whether they be young learners or adults. The Program is intended to provide a solid foundation in Building Systems Maintenance & Control for Plumbing, Electrical, Air-Conditioning & Security Systems. A course in Safe Working Practice is mandatory prior to commencing the Program. This is conducted by an OSHA-authorized Instructor in conjunction with the Department of Labour and Pensions.

Part I of the Building Maintenance Program is devoted to Electrical Service Maintenance, Part II to Plumbing Service Maintenance & Part III to AC System Maintenance.
Project Management One Semester, Part I: 7 weeks; Part II: 7 weeks (Classroom-based)

This course is intended for persons employed in the Construction Industry. It aims to expose participants to the managerial aspects of the Construction Industry and is designed to give introduction to the Project Delivery System based on an agreement whereby a Construction Manager provides leadership to the Construction Process.

Topics in Part I include: Definition of the Business Team, Business Ownership, Company Organization, Drawings & Specifications, Cost Estimating & Project Bidding, Contracts, Surety Bonds & Insurance. Part II covers an overview of the Project Management Process itself, The Project management Institute, Computer Application, Bid Proposal, Contacts, Planning & Initiation, Scheduling of Resources, Estimating, Budgeting, Cost Control, Safety, Communication & Human Resource Management.
Fundamentals of Accounting Three Semesters, Parts I, II & III (Classroom-based)

Part 1 introduces students to accounting concepts, double-entry accounting, stock assets, profit & loss, expenses & revenue, balancing ledger accounts, trial balances, final account statement, balance sheets, accounting concepts & standards.

Part II entails original entries & ledgers, cash books, sales & purchases, day books & ledgers, the returns day book, the journal, the petty cash book & calculation of wages & salaries.

Part III considers expenditure & revenue, bad debts, provision for discount on debtors, depreciation of fixed assets, accrual & prepayment, stock valuation, bank reconciliation, the use of control accounts & errors affecting trial balances.
Light Motor Vehicle Systems: Maintenance & Repair Three Semesters, level II & level III (Classroom- & Workshop-based)

Offered through the Institute of Motor Industries, these one-year, part-time Transnational Programs provide students with a progressively comprehensive insight into the mechanical & electrical/electronic systems that are used on a motor vehicle in terms of operation, design, maintenance & repair. The learner completes a set number of workshop tasks designed by the awarding body (IMI) along with a series of multiple-choice type tests. The Programs are designed to prepare for a career in the Motor Vehicle Service & Repair Sector, as well as upgrade the skills of persons who are already so employed.

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Leisure Programmes & Courses

Leisure Programmes & Courses
Music One-Semester (Music Room-based)

The Music Courses emphasize practical development of performance in musical skills covering piano at beginners, intermediate & advanced levels & steel pan music at a number of ascending levels.
Choreography & Performing Arts Techniques Three Semesters (Sir Vassal Johnson Hall-based)

This widely encompassing Program is designed to stimulate and promote interest in the performing arts by making tuition accessible for anyone having an interest in enhancing their skills in dance, drama or song. The course will facilitate participants' ability to conceive & refine a performance. In dance this may be ballet, modern, cultural or jazz. Singers and actors will enhance their stage presence, confidence & movement. Choreographers will be also be trained in all relevant areas.
Drawing & Sketching 14 weeks (28 hours)

This is an introductory course intended to encourage anyone interested in expression through visual language. It is ideal for beginners who have the desire to draw but have been unable for whatever reason to do so. Students will be express themselves in drawing & colour whilst acquiring & enhancing their skills of expression.
Introduction to Astronomy 7 weeks (14 hours)

This is aimed at people with little or no experience but who are interested in knowing more about the wonders of the Universe and discussing such with others in layman terms. The telescope in the Dr Bill Hrudey-UCCI Astronomical Observatory reveals incredible detail of the night sky!
Conversational Spanish 7 weeks (28 hours) Attendance required two evenings each week.

The course seeks to enable students to converse in Spanish at a basic level. Conversation dialogues/role play, audio & reading exercises will consolidate the learning of basic grammatical structures. Students will be able to communicate adequately in everyday situations through the development of aural & oral skills as well as reading & writing.

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