Although Bomi County Community College (BCCC) in Tubmanburg was the first community college to be established in the country in 2005, the president of the college, Dr. Zobong Norman, said until 14 months ago, it was the most backward among the other five colleges in Liberia.
He said that changes came with his assumption of the leadership of BCCC, adding that the school can now boast of an excellent teaching and learning experience for students from Gbarpolu, Cape Mount, and Bomi counties who do not necessarily have to come to Monrovia to pursue college education.
That excellence has seen the resumption of the school’s nursing program, which was shut down during the last administration for poor standards, resulting in 140 students losing the opportunity to pursue their dreams. The BCCC president said that the school’s nursing program is today the largest program at the college. Dr. Norman’s administration worked with the Liberia Nursing and Midwifery Board and the Liberia Government Hospital to outfit the program with every requirement, “and the program has been reaccredited and functioning well.”
“The nursing demonstration lab has been expanded twice its original size, and a 24,000 BTU air conditioner has been installed for the comfort of students and staff,” an official said.
During a tour of the school, this journalist discovered that there have been many firsts since Dr. Norman took over as president. For the first time, the college has a bus from the Liberian government used by nursing students to their clinical sites; agricultural and vocational students use it for their field trips.
BCCC security personnel are now trained and uniformed, along with janitors at the college. Students now read daily newspapers delivered from Monrovia, which gives them the opportunity to discuss national issues.
The college has purchased a 50KVA generator that meets the power demands of the school. For the first time whiteboards have replaced blackboards and ceiling fans have been installed in all classrooms.
“For the first time, 30 students will sit behind a personal computer at the computer lab when the 2017 academic year opens. Until the new innovation, there were three computers for 30 students and that is now history. We thank GSA Director Mary Broh for donating 12 computers and a printer to the school,” said Dr. Norman, whose former college in the US donated an additional 26 computers.
“For the first time the college bought a vehicle for the Vice President for Administration,” Dr. Norman said, “he previously rode a motorbike to school.”
Among other firsts, Dr. Norman said the college also entered into a partnership with Plan International Liberia to develop and teach a climate change module in the agriculture program.
“We have already started the work toward achieving our vision,” Dr. Norman said, “we thank our Bomi Superintendent Samuel Folley Brown, Hon. Hajah Siryon, Hon. Morris Saytumah and Hon. Edwin Snowe for their financial assistance to our students during the year.”