Bermuda College Celebrates Grand Opening of Athene Career Development Centre

20th April 2022

Hamilton, Bermuda – April 20, 2022 – Officials of the Bermuda College Foundation, donor partners, and Bermuda College celebrated the grand opening of the new Athene Career Development Centre with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on the college campus today. Construction of the Centre was made possible through a $3.8 million donation by Bermuda-based (re)insurers including Athene Life Re, a reinsurance subsidiary of Athene Holding Ltd. (“Athene”), Athora Holding Ltd., Aspen and Catalina Holdings (Bermuda) Ltd. 

The donated funds covered the cost of the construction of a new wing on the second floor of Hallett Hall, named after the College’s first president, Dr. Archie Hallett, and boasts new offices for the Division of Professional and Career Education; a high-tech computer lab with an advanced computer system; an active classroom with adaptive technology to accommodate a variety of learning styles, including those with disabilities; and an innovation lab complete with robotics and 3D printing. The funds also allowed for the complete renovation and refurbishment of a state-of-the-art lecture theatre, and the installation of major technology enhancements throughout the campus.

Thanks to the hard work and professional services provided by Colin Campbell, Senior Architect, and Vanessa Bean, Interior Designer of OBMI, David Braddock, Project Manager ECM Services Ltd., and Kitty Pearman, Contractor, and Owner of Overnight Construction Ltd, the construction and renovation project launched in March 2021, was completed in October 2021 on budget, according to Bermuda College Foundation Deputy Chairman, Mr. Garry Madeiros.

“The collaborative effort by the donor group and the joint Bermuda College Foundation and Bermuda College project steering committee has successfully brought us to this special occasion. The result is exemplary and must be replicated throughout the campus as we work to fulfill the vision of a fully-funded, state-of-the-art Bermuda College,” stated Mr. Madeiros.

“I speak for all my colleagues at Athene, Aspen, Athora, and Catalina when I say we are deeply proud and humbled to have been a part of such a meaningful initiative,” said Natasha Scotland Courcy, SVP General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer of Athene Life Re. “Both current and future Bermuda College students, and the wider community will have access to cutting-edge resources to help foster their curiosity and their drive during their college journeys and beyond. We are very excited to see how the Bermuda College community leverages these new tools and to watch Bermuda’s talented young people jumpstart their careers at the Centre.”

“The Foundation has made significant progress in just 2 ½ years; however, there is still a long way to go to meet the objectives of the Capital Campaign. The Foundation invites corporate and individual partners to join us to support our only college. Community support will help develop a modern infrastructure to continue to provide equitable access to affordable, quality education for local students who may not be able or want to travel overseas to continue education. Bermuda College has been a vital asset in Bermuda’s overall success for the past 48 years,” said Mr. Mark Berry, Chairman of Bermuda College Foundation. 

Bermuda College President, Dr. Duranda Greene stated, “As we celebrate this significant step of providing a model of 21st century learning and pedagogy, we are tremendously grateful to Athene and its partners, and to the Bermuda College Foundation for their investment in our vision of transforming lives through innovative education. Investments like these portend well for both our students and the wider community. The Centre and the lecture theatre represent prototypes of what Bermuda College envisions for all its instructional and office spaces. With its adaptive technologies, robotics and collaborative spaces, the Centre allows for the exploration of ideas, the testing of concepts, and multi-disciplinary collaboration. As the landscape of higher learning continues to evolve, I am pleased to say that thanks to partnerships like these, Bermuda College can evolve with it.”