Old Baptist Manse in Falmouth Jamaica Now the UTech Western Headquarters
UTech Western Headquarters
Old Baptist Manse in Falmouth Jamaica is Now the UTech Western Jamaica Headquarters. Trelawny continues its rapid development. As time goes by, different pieces of the development puzzle are fitting into place.
The University of Technology, UTech, has opened its western Jamaica headquarters in Falmouth. My old college is now in town and guess what? It will be located at the spot where I started high school. For me, this is very fulfilling.
The Western headquarters of the University of Technology (formerly College of Arts, Science and Technology – CAST) is now located at the historic, Old Baptist Manse which later on became the birthplace of the William Knibb Memorial High School.
UTech, in a release from its publicist, said that while enabling a more efficient management of its campus in western Jamaica, it is committed to ensuring the preservation of the Baptist Manse — a Jamaica National Heritage Trust-protected structure.
The new UTech western administrative headquarters is based in the historic Falmouth building, located at the corner of Trelawny Street and Market Street. The building was constructed in 1798 as a Masonic Temple but was eventually sold to the Baptist church. William Knibb Memorial High School was founded there in 1961 as a private, Baptist owned high school. The high school became a government grant aided school and moved to its current location in Martha Brae in 1976.
Since 2002, the Baptist Manse has been the location of Falmouth Heritage Renewal. This was the base for the re-development of the historic landmarks in Falmouth town. From there, fixtures for old buildings were made (such as picked fences) and workers were trained. The workers then went out to different locations in Falmouth, restoring old, historic structures.
It is the second location of the University of Technology in Trelawny. Classes first began in Trelawny at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium on September 5, 2011.
There were initial plans for a UTech School of Hospitality in the Holland Estates Housing Development, less than two miles away in Martha Brae. In fact, the development is marketed as ‘Jamaica’s first University town,’ based on the original plans. We do not know if plans have been changed.
Falmouth continues its development and where education is concerned there is only one weakness. Trelawny students still have to travel to Brown’s Town or Montego Bay to attend Community College. This is the only link missing from the Trelawny education chain. At the rate of Falmouth’s development, a Trelawny Community College is not a pipe dream.