The Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Council has expressed “deep regret” over the recent passing of former Barbados Community College (BCC) Principal Norma Holder, who died in the early hours of Sunday, February 14 after a brief illness at age 79.
Holder served the council’s first chairman from 1994 until 2001.
“Mrs Holder was considered by all who worked with her during her tenure at TVET Council to be a fair and knowledgeable person. Education and training was dear to her heart as was clearly seen by her dedication both to the Barbados Community College (BCC) and TVETC, “ Executive Director Henderson Eastmond was quoted as saying in a Barbados Government Information Service (BGIS) release.
It said the TVET secretariat was established and the organization took “its first tentative steps” towards developing a competence-based national technical and vocational education and training system under Holder’s stewardship.
By the time she relinquished the role of chairman the council had started its technical programme with the development of occupational standards in the areas of tourism and hospitality, information and communication technology and customer service, the release said.
“Staff and council members alike found her to be a fair person who was always willing to listen to the objectives and opinions of those around her but yet able to give constructive criticism,” it quoted Eastmond as saying.
The funeral service for Holder will take place at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, February 26 at St George Parish Church.