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WHI student shine after they receive full Scholarship to St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Trace Lewars left and Odain Gayle right both Associate of Science Degree students in Culinary and Chef Management at Western Hospitality Institute was successful to received paid internship to top rated hotels in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. READ MORE

Internationally Acclaimed Tourism Researcher Lectures at WHI

Dr.David Njite  of Oklahoma State University Guest lecture on his several visit to WHI READ MORE:

June blazed The Academic Track From No CXC To A Doctoral Student

Doctoral Candidate & College Lecturer June Clarke Says Thanks to Western Hospitality Institute READ MORE

Age has No Limit in Earning Your  Degree

Thanks To WHI, on the brink of age 60 Degree Earned

Mother and Son: The Educational Love Affair

It was Wayne who first attended Western Hospitality Institute. He was a waiter at the Crown Plaza Hotel when he enrolled at WHI, Kingston campus. READ MORE


April 10, 2008
Lecture urges students to make the best of WHI and their education

Lecturer at the Montego Bay Community College June Clarke, is urging persons to make the best of the hotel related academic programmes offered at the Western Hospitality Institute, citing that while the Montego Bay Community College offers hotel related courses too, persons who opt to pursue courses at WHI in collaboration with Hocking College, a first rate college in the US in the area of hotel related courses, will acquire qualifications that are credited and both internationally and locally recognized. READ MORE

April 10, 2008
Point Village administrator urges persons to study at WHI-rewarding

She was recommended to Western Hospitality Institute by a friend who was also a member of the St. James lions Club. This comes after she told her friend that she wished to attend a recognized school that train and certified persons in hospitality management. And her friend reiterated her assurance that WHI fits that bill. To date, she made good on her friend’s advice and pursued studies at [WHI]. READ MORE


April 10, 2008
Fredrick Gayle attributes his success to WHI

Fredrick Gayle wasn’t successful in his CXC’s examinations when he left secondary school. But his teachers at the time assured him that he had the potential to succeed in terms of academics. And though he left school with no qualification in his hands to serve as a base in acquiring gainful employment, he didn’t give up hope. He had a dream, and so when the opportunity presents itself he grabbed it with both hands, thanks to Western Hospitality Institute (WHI). READ MORE

Saturday January 12, 1991

The Western Mirror News paper featured Mr. Brian Cooper deceased Dean of George Brown College who was the Guest Speaker At Western Hospitality Institute Graduation exercise presenting the following students with a George Brown Medal for Academic achievement at WHI and two full scholarships to George Brown college. The recipients were Ms. Jasmine Blake – President of WHI student Body and Mr. Nicholas Moore for outstanding academic achievement. Both students took up their scholarships at George Brown College in Canada.

On Saturday September 17, 1994

The Western Mirror newspaper featured five Western Hospitality Institute students’ recipients of full scholarships to Hocking College to pursue Associate of Science Degree in Business Management and tourism. The recipients are:

  • Dannett Nelson
  • Rosemarie Thompson
  • June Clarke
  • Robert Schurton
  • Marlon Mighty

All students took their scholarships.

On February 1, 1992

The Western Mirror news paper featured WHI graduation exercise where the managing Director and editor Mr. Lloyd B Smith Delivered the Keynote address to the graduates and audience.

December 1999

The Western mirror news paper feature Western Hospitality Institute Jamaicans graduating from New Southern New Hampshire University – USA

April 2000

The Jamaica Gleaner newspaper carried the national Student culinary competition organized by Western Hospitality Institute in collaboration with Executive chefs of Jamaica. The competition saw colleges and secondary schools from across Jamaica entering.

August 1998

The Jamaica Gleaner Western Bureau issued an article on WHI staging a island wide work shop for 160 Home economics teachers form secondary school across the island. The speaker an the final nights awards Banquet was Mrs. Florentine Mckoy – President of the Caribbean Home Economist Association / CHEA. The 160 teachers was hosted at Hotel in Montego Bay and Negril free of cost and ten professors from colleges and universities across the USA and Canada were flown into Jamaica and gave of their service free of cost. Th event was coordinated as a charitable contribution from Western Hospitality Institute in an attempt to assist Jamaica government teachers with their tourism curriculum.

June 2000

The Western Mirror news paper featured seventeen students form western Hospitality Institute who were successful in receiving millions in scholarships to pursued their studies at Regal constellation college in Canada.

On May 29, 1994

The Western Mirror newspaper featured a group of thirty-five (35) Jamaicans students and hotel employees going off to Canada on a Professional development scholarship organized by Western Hospitality Institute. The students took courses at Humber College, George Brown College and Seneca College in Canada.

Wednesday September 12, 1990

The Western Mirror Newspaper feature Dr. Lorna Nembhard retired principal of Montego Bay community college delivering the keynote address at WHI graduation exercise.

Wednesday September 15, 1993

The Western Mirror feature another group of Jamaican that was awarded scholarship to study at Hocking college in Neslonville Ohio, they are, Vilma Smith, Eunice Grant, Jackry Fletcher.

On August 18, 1996

The Toronto daily gleaner feature five Jamaicans who achieve academic excellence at Regal constellation college in Canada, The function to honor the students was held at the constellation hotel in Canada, They key note speaker was the Member of Parliament for the province of Ontario Mr. John Hastings. The students were Patrick Lopez, Jeneive Facey, Norma James, Stephanie Glanville, Eloretta Wedderburn.

On June 2001

Of the 56 students who successfully completed the degree at Hocking College only 30 was present at Hocking College graduation exercise – USA with their Associate of Science in Hotel and Restaurant management, Posing with the President of Hocking college Dr. John Light. Of the one thousand students graduated only twenty-eight made it to the prestigious President List of which four were WHI students.

On August 1998

The Jamaican daily gleaner/ Toronto chapter issues a release of twenty-four (24) WHI Jamaican students who graduated form Regal Constellation College in Canada.

On Wednesday July 3, 1991

The western Mirror issued a news release on WHI graduation, Mrs. Cecile Walden Principal of Sam Sharp Teachers college delivered the keynote address the graduates and audience.

Thursday January 16, 2003

The Jamaica observer national news paper feature a photograph on it front page with Cecil cornwall – President of western Hospitality Institute, Dr. Rae Davis, President University of Technology, Jamaica Dr. Francis Kwansa- Head of the Masters Program University of Delaware and Dr. Fred Demeeico – Chair for the Hospitality Program at the University of Delaware. The occasion was the signing of the Memorandum of understanding between University of Delaware and the University of technology, Jamaica, The president of WHI was asked to make a presentation on WHI and took the Board of advisors form the University of Delaware on a tour of WHI.

June 2002

The St. Lucia newspaper carried an article that Jamaican institution bestowed Honorary Degree on Ms. Bethia Parle, President of the St. Lucia Hotel & Tourism Association and the first female president of the Caribbean Hotel Association CHA. Mrs. Parle was invited to Jamaica as guest of Western Hospitality Institute and was the Keynote speaker at WHI annual graduation exercise. The Institute was proud to present Mrs.Parle with an Honorary Associate of science Degree in Hotel & restaurant Management.

June 2004

All Island Boss Ms. Marcia Brown, director of Training at the Ritz Carlton rosehall Hotel was special guest at WHI Graduation dinner exercise where she delivered the keynote address.

Thursday August 19, 2004

The National Gleaner Newspaper names us “The Hospitality Education Service Institution”. In an article released by the National News paper the Gleaner the captioned read “ Western Hospitality Institute makes service good business” This came as a result of an intuition achievements and the service it gives to its students.

Wednesday August 25. 2004

The western mirror news paper news release under the heading “ Western Hospitality Institute Graduation” spoke of Mr. Cornwall – President of WHI masters degree achievements and WHI bestowing of an Honorary Associate of Science Degree on Swiss Master Chef Hank Schenck for his outstanding contribution to culinary arts to the Jamaican tourism industry and WHI in particular. Dr. Candace Vancko – President for the State University of New York / SUNY DELHI delivered assisted in presenting the award and delivered the keynote address at the graduation exercise.

Outgoing board chairman Dr. Nadine Scott and Board member Dr. Francis Kwansa presented Mr. Cornwall, with a surprise plaque for his outstanding service to the institution and for earning his Masters Degree.

International Press
February 2004 ICES News Letter worldwide

The International cake exploration Society feature Western Hospitality Institute President Cecil Cornwall presenting a Honorary of Science Degree in the area of Cake Decorating and Baking to The founder of the International cake exploration society – USA Mrs. Betty Joe Stienman and the International celebrity cake lady , who own and operate the world only cake Museum Mrs. Francis Kuyper form California , USA. Both ladies was invited as Guest of WHI to the Institute International cake exhibition competition held every two years. The Key note speaker at May 2003 event was Minister of Local Government and Sports Most Honorable Portia Simpson-Miller. Mrs. Miller was also featured in the International press for her presentation at the this event.
The competition/exhibition see participants from across the world from as far as South Africa. In 2001 the competition was launched in collaboration with the Jamaica Cake Decorators Association and the Winner for the professional category was Mr. Marco Antonio Lopez Master cake decorator from Argentina. The recipients for the Betty Jo Stienmarn Award was a student from WHI Mr. Euchen Richards, who won the Best Amateur in the student category. In 2003 the competition was launched in collaboration with Jamaica Association of Sugar Artist and the winner of the Professional / Master category was Mr. Herland Rocca Pedrazza from Argentina. Pedrazza from Argentina.


Other Happenings & Events

Western Hospitality Institute Host Hocking college Students

It is quite customary based on the close relationship that WHI shares with Hocking College that when their students form the Arts and Science department travel to Jamaica we assist them with the organizing of their program and events in Jamaica. In December 2003 Western Hospitality Institute hosted a group of approximately Hocking College students at your facilities in Montego bay Jamaica for inter-cultural classes. Our students assisted them with tours and meeting other Jamaican.

Western Hospitality Institute Host University of Delaware Students

In January 2002 Western Hospitality Institute hosted a group of sixteen undergraduate students and a professor form the University of Delaware tourism program. WHI organized their entire four week tours in Jamaica and appointed the President of the student body to travel with the group through out their intercultural tour across the island. The program was dubbed a success and as such the institute is asked to host another group in January 2005.

Western Hospitality Honor Dr. John Light – President of Hocking College USA

ON November 9, 2001 Western Hospitality Institute flew to Jamaica the President of Hocking College Dr. John Light hosted him at the Ritz Carlton in Montego bay Jamaica and a packed itinerary was presented to him. The weekend was packed with activities as he was taken on a tour to meet successful pass students who own manage or are managers within large and small hotels in Jamaica. On Friday November 9, 2001 at 7:00pm a dedication ceremony was held in his honor where a lecture room was named in honor of him “ The Dr. John Light Lecture Room” the Saturday November 30, 2001 WHI organized a Hocking / Alumni Dinner at one of Montego Bay’s finest restaurant the Native restaurant in his Honor . Alumni turn out in their numbers to pay tribute to this great Hero who has contributed so much to the Jamaica Hospitality & Tourism industry in the form of scholarships and affordable education.. The Awards Dinner was held under the distinguished patronage of the Honorable Custos of Montego Bay Clarence Nelson. Other tourism officials and dignitaries form Sandals and Super clubs Hotel in Jamaica were present.

Western Hospitality Institute Host their Most Distinguished Lecture Series

WHI is proud of its track record and the trend it has set in hospitality education here in Jamaica. WHI Distinguished Lecture Series serves to use professional lecturers locally and internationally with a Doctorate to do guest lecturer at the Institute. The topics selected are usually the areas of expertise for the presenters and it is usually compulsory for all students to attend.
The Lecture Series run twice per year.
Presenters who have joined us include the following persons:

Dr. Mike Treddenick – The Union Institute University ( resigned)
Dr. Matheson – The Union Institute University
Dr. Marie Bogat – The Union Institute university
Dr. Nadine Scott – University of the West Indies
Dr. Ina Barrett – University of the West Indies ( retired)
Dr. Gloria V Robinson – Tourism consultant
Dr. Ben Henry – Director of Training Sandals
Dr John Lancaster – Hocking College – USA
Dr. Francis Kwansa – University of Delaware
Dr. Deanne Williams – Virginia State University
Dr. Carmen Dumas – Nova South Eastern University ( retired)

Western Hospitality Professional lecture Series

This event is held once a year where by graduates of Western Hospitality Institute who hold management position in different areas of the Hotel and Tourism industry are asked to do a 30 – 60 minutes presentation to the new WHI students on their roles and responsibilities and how their department functions. The student’s then has a chance to question the professionals on any theory subjects they might have done in class , that require some further practical understanding. In every major large hotel industry in Jamaica there is one or several WHI student in management position.


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