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Focus Group Participants Required

This opportunity just in from the Centre for Marketing Excellence.  The company is looking for individuals to participate in a focus group to be held during the week 8 – 13 May.

Focus  groups are an important research tool used by many companies across the world. They are designed to give companies and other organizations a quick overview of consumers’ thoughts about some product or service of  interest.

This particular research project is about a FMCG ( Fast Moving Consumer Good); one bought by most householders.   Professional ethics do not allow the CCME to disclose the product at this time.

Participants will engage in a 1 – 2 hour discussion led by a moderator.   Dr. Aldon Tull, Principal Consultant  with the CCME, points out that a focus group is not an interview, so participants can respond to each other and raise issues as they see fit, of course, at the discretion of the moderator.

Focus group participants get paid. While the stipend will not pay your mortgage or knock hundreds off your food bill, it is usually enough to make you feel that the hour or two you spent talking with a small group ( 8 – 10 persons) was worth you while, especially if you understand that, in so doing, you helped some local company do a better job of marketing its goods and services.

MSA Hosts Valentine Cake Sale

Valentine Cake Sale at BCC

Once again this year, the MSA will host a Valentine Cake Sale.   President, Miracle-Ann King notes that,  “Previous cake sales,  have been an outstanding  success due to the unselfish support of committee members and the patronage of the general student body”.  

Chad Prescod, Vice-President  of the MSA and  whose job it was  to organize  the cake sale, notes that today’s cake sale is in aid of funds to support the activities of the association.

On the Menu

Red Velvet Cake $3.50
Cupcakes $2.50
Cookies $1.25
Donuts $2.00
Chicken Samosas $2.00
Veggie.  Samosas $1.50
Sugar Cakes $2.50

Not an MSA  Member?

You can also use this opportunity join the Association. Download the membership form at:, complete it and bring it to the cake sale today with your $10 membership fee.

Looking forward to seeing you today.

Rasheed Bryan

Chief Marketing Officer


Tips For Passing BCC Exams: Check the Keywords

readingOne way of ensuring that you gain the most marks in an exam is to read the question VERY carefully.  In many tertiary institutions testing has matured and exams must be moderated so that they are more candidate-friendly. Gone are the days when an examiner could put the following on an exam paper:

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Tips for Passing BCC Exams

study4Students are often heard to say : “I don’t know what the tutor wants!” In an institution like the BCC, where there is a wide variety of courses, this may very well sum up how you feel about your courses and the coming exams.

Exams in Law are different from those in Literature  which are different from those in Mathematics and Economics.  So, the first problem in preparing for exams, is getting some sense of the kind of questions that are asked and the answers expected in different courses. This can be obtained in several ways:

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MSA Offers Peer Tutoring for Semester I Exams

msa_peer_tutoring_posterThe MSA has announced that it will be assisting first year  students  in preparing for this semester’s exams scheduled to start in the first week of December.

This assistance comes in the form of peer tutoring where fellow students like yourself will offer tuition help for the subjects of this semester’s exams.

Second year students Rasheed Bryan ( MSA Marketing Officer) and Jamisha Ifill   ( MSA  member)  are the first to volunteer as peer tutors.   If you are an MSA member and think you can help your fellow students, please let us know at the MSA.


To make use of this fantastic opportunity, contact the President at 825-6531 or email:

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MSA Subscriptions Due 1st September

Current MSA membership subscriptions end on Wednesday 31 August, 2016.

The MSA has agreed to collect subscriptions for the entire year rather than have semester subscriptions.    This move will not only save time but help the Association budget more effectively. Your subscription of  $10 will now cover the period 01 September 2016 to 31 August 2017.

The MSA is in its membership drive this week.  Look out for notices indicating when and where the Association will be taking in subscriptions.

New to the MSA? Download a membership form here.

Types of Membership

Ordinary Membership: Open to Marketing Programme, Marketing Major and B.Sc. Marketing  Degree  (in development).

Associate Membership: Open to Business Studies, Computer Studies, Mass Communications and Fine Arts Students.

Honorary Membership:  Open to staff and anyone who feels he or she can contribute to the MSA e.g. past students.



MSA Involved in Orientation 2016

Image02Members of the MSA Executive are planning to meet new Marketing students and students of other programmes making up the target market of the organization,  during orientation week which begins  Monday 29 August.

All across the world, orientation is a big event in  the life of any college or university and one that generates much anxiety;  orientation at the Barbados Community College (BCC) is no different on either count!

Having passed this way before themselves,  members of the MSA Executive are keen to do their part to help make orientation at the BCC easier for new students.  At the same time, members of the Executive are  determined  to carry out their  mandate to market the  Association and, of  course,  gain practical marketing experience in the process. Their CVs are beginning to look good already!

According to email  releases from the President, Miracle-Ann King, the MSA will meet with Computer Studies students on Wednesday 31 August from 10.30 – 10.45 a.m.    Students in Computer Studies as well as Business Studies, Accounting, Fine Arts and Mass Communications can apply for associate membership in the MSA.

The MSA membership form can be downloaded here.

The MSA wishes to express its thanks to Mrs.  Debbie Best, Senior Tutor (ag) of the Division, for accommodating the MSA  at this hectic time.    The Executive would also like to thank the Senior Tutors or Department heads in the other divisions or departments in advance for their support. The MSA plans to meet with students in the other target divisions during the semester.

On Friday 2 September, the Executive will meet with new students in the Division of Commerce. This will  provide an opportunity for the MSA to meet with new students taking Business Studies,  Accounting  and course, Marketing.   The Division of Commerce is the home base of the MSA and the Senior Tutor (ag)  there, Mrs. Patricia Gall, has been very supportive of the MSA from the inception.