The history of the CEEC, formerly the
Engineering Training Centre (ETC), has been one of changes and adaptation in
serving the needs of the work force. Over the years the Centre has
continuously assessed the needs of the market place, and it has delivered
programs that are relevant to the needs of the Jamaican work force.
The first establishment was funded by the
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in 1994 with the International
Telecommunications Union as executing agency. The Centre was first known as
the Telecommunications and Electronics Training Centre. At that time, the
first primary role was to provide training in telecommunications to
Telecommunications of Jamaica (TOJ) technicians. By 1994, the
Telecommunication Centre had become part of the Department of Engineering
and, along with the other stand-alone modules, began offering two
Certificate level programmes in a modular format – Microcomputer Technology
Practice (720 contact hours) and Computer Technology Practice (570 contact
hours). Although designed for TOJ technicians, other utility companies took
advantage of the training.
An increasing demand to provide consulting
and training services prompted the Faculty of Engineering & Computing to
change its focus, and take advantage of these opportunities. To reflect this
broadening of its range of activities, the name of the Centre was changed to
the Computing & Engineering Extension Centre (CEEC) in 2001.