Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM) is the flagship programme at the Old Harbour Campus of the Portmore Community College.And one could see why that is the case during their April 20 grand official reopening of its Hospitality and Tourism Centre, refurbished at an estimated cost of over $2 million – all funded from the schools’ tuition purse, conceptualized and managed by the HTM final year students. Though it was a difficult task initially, the students will leave the college with a great sense of accomplishment, says Latoya Williams, one of the chief planners. “At least we have left a mark. We did something to market the school even more,” Williams, who is among a batch of 38 students, told Old Harbour News following the conclusion of the official ceremony and a tour of the facility. She added: “We didn’t have to depend on government to do it, which would not have been a bad idea, but at least we can work off what we had. It’s a lot of work… we didn’t have tiles in place, now we have tiles. The only thing we need now is an awning to bring it off, but we will get there. Hopefully we will get some sponsorship.” The renovated facility comprises a flat, a restaurant which has been operating since January offering takeout and dining services, and a bar. All things being equal, a mini conference room will be added. The project was used as a practicum for the students, which provides an ideal setting in preparing them for the world of work in the hospitality and tourism sector. “It speaks to commitment, dedication, hard work, and that goes for everybody: students and staff both present and past. It speaks to a spirit that is embodied in Portmore Community College in that we work together to make things better. It is more than just a job. It is a commitment to excellence. It is a commitment to allowing persons who might not have been able to access tertiary or post-secondary education to get a degree that is recognized and accredited,” said PCC principal Corrine Richards.