Kerine Davis Persevered, Overcame Years of Challenges to Become College Owner

Even though Kerine Davis was a teenage mother who dropped out of high school, and thereafter faced poverty most of her adult life, she persevered to achieve highly. She now owns and operates Ocho Rios College, a Jamaican educational institution that prepares adults to enter hospitality, health, and business industries. The college first opened in 2012 with 40 students, and in 2019 boasted a student population of 150, served by 13 faculty and staff.

Davis’ journey to become more than her circumstances seemed to predict, is instructive. How, over many years, she advanced from low-paying, physically demanding, and time-consuming jobs that included driving a taxi, before eventually obtaining a degree in Educational Leadership and Management at the University of the West Indies, may hold valuable lessons that could benefit others in similar circumstances.

Tough times come with opportunities to grow. Click here to learn more about the Black woman who turned stumbling blocks into building blocks. Be inspired by her relentless pursuit to be more and better.

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