St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands (July 31, 2023) – Ocean Point Terminals (the “Company” or “Ocean Point”), presented officials from the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) with a check for $140,000 as part of the Company’s annual commitment to support training, education and workforce development programs. “We are extremely pleased to continue our long-standing partnership with the university’s Process Technology Program, which prepares students for diverse fields in process operations,” said Jeffrey Charles, Ocean Point Chief Operating Officer. “Some of our absolute best operators and professionals have completed the UVI program, and it is our pleasure to renew this commitment for the sixth year in a row,” added Mr. Charles.
University officials who were on hand to receive the gift, expressed their appreciation for the annual donation which helps to support the process technology degree program. “With the support from Ocean Point Terminals, UVI is able to help meet the territory’s needs in process operations,” said Dr. Victoria Henry, UVI Assistant Professor of Process Technology. “Graduates from the Associates of Applied Science degree program in Process Technology go on to have successful careers with local and international companies as well as pursue advanced degrees in Chemistry, Engineering, Computer Science, Business and Medicine, and we are sincerely grateful to Ocean Point Terminals and look forward to sustaining a longstanding relationship,” continued Dr. Henry.
Sauda Ali-Coureur, who is a former UVI Process Technology graduate and Ocean Point Terminals employee, praised the program. “Some of us were not mechanically inclined when we started, but because of the program, that is something we can add to our toolkit. Additionally, we were able to learn more about manufacturing, and other process operations that aid us in our career daily,” stated Ms. Ali-Coureur.
"UVI is pleased that Ocean Point Terminals is partnering with us to ensure that students trained in our process technology program receive current and appropriate instruction,” remarked Dr. Camille McKayle, Provost. “They provide funding that allows us to offer eleven courses in these areas, and our students reap the benefits. In the long run, we all benefit as industries are assured that our graduates are well trained, and graduates are able to step into stable professions. We value Ocean Point Terminals' contributions and commitment to the University and this Territory," concluded Dr. McKayle.
Some of the UVI program’s faculty and current students were in attendance, in addition to Ocean Point’s Training department.