Construction of a state-of-the-art Career Development Centre at Bermuda College has officially commenced.
The project was made possible after a $3.5 million donation by several Bermuda-based re/insurers, including Athene Life Re, Athora Holding, Aspen Insurance Holdings and Catalina Holdings Bermuda. The four companies have also committed an additional $300,000 of funding for the Centre, bringing the total donation amount to $3.8 million.
The Centre at Bermuda College will offer programmes across a number of relevant sectors, particularly in the fintech and cyber security fields, offering an expanded technology infrastructure to allow innovative research and development initiatives. It will feature a model classroom, state-of-the-art computer lab, a theatre and lecture hall, innovation lab and Bermuda Professional and Career Education (PACE) opportunities.
The Centre was designed by OBMI, and is being built by Overnight Construction and is scheduled to be completed before the start of the Fall 2021 semester. It will be created with a 3,542 square foot addition on a portion of Hallett Hall, the renovation of the existing space and the lecture theatre located at 30 College Road.
The building enhancements include upgrades to the existing facilities and infrastructure as well as the introduction of additional, modernised spaces and resources. The 3D plans for the Centre are available here.
Duranda Greene, president at Bermuda College, said the project epitomised the philosophy of a community college and its community. “The Centre exemplifies the College’s commitment to the community to transform lives through innovative education with state-of-the-art technology and facilities, and thus enhance the success of our students,” he said.
Bill Wheeler, president of Athene Holding, said Athene and the Bermuda re/insurance community generally is deeply committed to investing in the people of Bermuda. “Athene’s connection to the Career Development Centre builds on our history of supporting education-based initiatives in our communities,” he said.
Bermuda College, Athene Life Re, Athora Holding, Aspen Insurance Holdings, Catalina Holdings, Duranda Greene, Bill Wheeler