Carolyn O’Connor is currently the acting Head of School for the School of Applied Technology at the Vocational Training Development Institute.
She is the holder of a Master of Science Degree in Computer Based Management Information Systems and a Bachelors of Science Degree in Management and Accounting from the University of the West Indies. Miss O’Connor is a trained teacher and trainer having completed the Post Graduate Diploma in Education and Training from the VTDI. She is an Assessor and has also gained the CompTIA Certified Technical Trainer (CTT+) international certification.
Miss O’Connor experience spans several industries as she has worked in several capacities including that of:
• Project Coordinator, National Public Health Laboratory – Ministry of Health
• Parts Manager, GM Challenger
• Junior/Trainee Programmer, National Commercial Bank
Miss O’Connor is passionate about the teaching and learning process and has consistently implemented programs, including establishing many industry partnerships with companies such as eGov (formerly Fiscal Services), Jamaica Cultural Development and Commission (JCDC) and Jamaica Producers; to assist both students and lecturers alike to fulfill their full potential. She has also established the VTDI as a CompTIA Academy under the CompTIA Authorized Partner Program, a Microsoft Academy, a Certiport Testing Center and an Oracle Academy. She is a stanch advocate for lifelong learning and encourages everyone to hone a skill and become certified.
Yet her 2 greatest achievements lie outside her professional life – giving birth to her son, Dimitri Ricardo Dean Richards in September 2005 and recommitting her life to the Lord in May 2006. She embraces her philosophy “If the Lord brings you to it he will bring you through it” and constantly reminds herself that she must live the words of Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all her heart and lean not on her own understanding, in all her ways she must acknowledge the Lord, so that he can/will direct her paths.”