Fitzroy McPherson- 2018 Graduate
Kimberly Minott- 2019 Graduate
The Portland Arts Vocational Education Centre has left a great big impact in my life creating a positive aura in both personal and work aspect of my life. The role plays I had to participate in whenever I was at class helped to build my confidence yet giving me a better understanding of how guest or customers are to be treated. Having trips and doing internship at various hotels and villas etc gave me hands on experience of the working world and opened my eyes to the different areas in the hospitality field and how much guest or customers look forward to a warm welcoming customer service. This experience motivated me whenever I received tips or compliments from guest or even a small advice.
My confidence went sky high once I started to attend PAVE. I am no longer that shy timid girl with low self esteem but, now a woman that believes in her self and is much braver to communicate with persons. Friends have now become like family members, teachers and invited guests are now role modelers. I am now stronger, wiser, self motivated, confident, responsible and even more qualified as it looks so good on my resume to show how much I have achieved from attending PAVE. The opportunity that PAVE have given me, i have to be so thankful for because through all that experience I am now a PAVE coach leaving me to believe that anyone can become leader as long as they put their mind towards it.
Peta Gaye- 2018 Graduate
I have started the Portland Art and Vocational Education Center as a cub and now I am a lioness. Through hard work, love and support from the family God has join together, I have been able to start the journey of success. I would like to thank the partners, donators, teachers and all the persons that made this possible. It has change my life in many ways possible and I am sure it will change many more lives.
Tasha Dixon- 2018 Graduate
“I now shine with accomplishment. I came into this program young, tender and fragile and now I am leaving like an eagle ready to soar with a positive mind and burning desire to be great.”
Orlando Spaulding- 2018 Graduate
At the PAVE Centre, I had the opportunity to build connections with new individuals. Miss Khadi Stewart’s, PAVE Centre Lead Trainer, classes were not only informative but it was very engaging and exciting. Miss Nasha Francis, PAVE Centre Coordinator, is very meticulous and her deliverance is so detailed and powerful you can easily retain all the information that she is communicating. Miss Audra Handal’s, PAVE Centre Missions Director, commitment to the program was very astonishing, her presence made you feel a sense of purpose and that made me want to give more to the program and made it very easy to comprehend what was demanded of us.
Biblically based self-worth and life skills for me are two of the most captivating topics that was taught in class. The bible verses helped me not only to value myself but, to also believe that I can achieve what I set out to be which is a man of value. ”I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” I can now fully quote this verse with a firm belief in the message and I feel it connects me with a higher purpose through the lessons I was taught in class by the wonderful teachers. As for life skills I am positive it will prove useful for me in my everyday life as it gives me the capabilities of solving problems in a very time efficient manner, it also allows me to communicate very effectively among my peers, especially in the workplace. After completion of the class, Mrs. Francis and Ms. Stewart assisted us with resumes and also job interviews which helped me in securing employment in the hospitality industry.
PAVE Centre gives a new outlook on life and opportunities that you once thought was impossible to achieve. Not only have I learnt the necessary skills to survive in the workplace, I have learnt skills that will allow me to win at life.
Nasha Francis- PAVE Centre Administrator
“The most rewarding feeling is to look at the graduating students becoming young adults making a positive impact in society and their lives.
Many students has never graduated from high school nor have worked. Through the PAVE program, they learn to appreciate, respect and admire the opportunities they can create to have a better life with confidence.”
Yvonne Blakey- Member of the Board of Directors
“The hands-on training approach have raised the level of standard and the level of awareness for excellence and thus makes me very proud and honored to mentor these young adults who will become leaders for generations to come.”