Residents of Bassa Town Community in Paynesville have hailed the founder and proprietor of the Leigh-Sherman Community College for her decision to relocate the school in their community.
According to the residents, the Leigh-Sherman Community College and Executive Secretarial School, owned and operated by Madam Theresa Leigh-Sherman, is the first ever institute of higher learning in the entire commercial district of Red-Light. They said it was beneficial for them to have an institution nearby to cater to their educational needs.
The Leigh-Sherman Community College originally had its campus in Fiamah, Sinkor. The administration recently relocated its academic activities to the newly constructed campus in Paynesville. The building was dedicated by Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai Friday, April 25.
The institution, which has operated in the country for over 38 years, is considered a pioneer and one of Liberia’s premier training institutions in the secretarial sciences and other vocations.
Residents living around the school’s old campus said the concentration of almost every major activity, including academic, in the city center has caused it (the city) to be jam-packed.
This situation has led to major side-effects such as transportation and financial problems for students seeking higher education. A situation that is difficult for most people.
Madam Leigh-Sherman told the audience at the dedication ceremony that the decision to relocate the school was the result of a survey conducted by administration which showed that 80 percent of students live on the outskirts of the city.
A resident, Aaron Harding, 25, who lives close to the new campus, said the institution would serve as a light in the community if the young people took advantage of the opportunities that it would provide.
Mr. Harding said, “Most young people in this community are idle. This institution provides the kind of opportunities that young people, especially girls, need to improve their lives.”
Mr. Harding expressed hopes the arrival of the school would come with scholarship opportunities for students.
“We know many youths of this community are unable to pay their own fees. Most of our parents are not working. That is why we need scholarships.”
Mary Kollie Jallah, 36, who sells toiletries in Red-Light, said it was a great idea to bring the Leigh-Sherman Community College to Red-Light.
“I’m very happy that this school has been brought into this community. Some of us have heard about it for a long time. It is known to be a quality school. Most of my friends graduated from there and they are doing great,” she explained.
Since its inception 38 years ago, the Leigh-Sherman Community College has successfully trained and placed over five thousand administrative professionals in positions with government, private corporations, Non-governmental organization and the Liberia Diplomatic Corps.