The H. Lavity Stoutt Community College was established under the British Virgin Islands Community College Act of 1990 and is authorized by action of its Board of Governors, pursuant to Section 16, to confer such academic degrees and other qualifications as are usually conferred by similar institutions in those fields of education authorized by the Act, that is to say:

a) Agriculture

b) Arts and Science and General Studies

c) Health Sciences

d) Marine Studies

e) Hospitality Management

f) Teacher Education & Educational Administration

g) Technical Education & Management Studies

h) And in such other fields of education as the Minister may from time to time determine.


The H. Lavity Stoutt Community College is a member of the Association of Caribbean Tertiary Institutions (ACTI) and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).

In addition, the College maintains memberships in the following educational and learned organisations: American Association for Adult and Continuing Education, American Council on International Intercultural Education, Association of Caribbean University Research and Institutional Libraries, Caribbean Hotel and Commerce Association, Caribbean Regional Council for Adult Education, National Association of College and University Business Officers, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.



The British Virgin Islands contributes to the recurrent budget of the University of the West Indies and is represented on the University Council by the Minister of Health, Education and Welfare.

The University of the West Indies School of Continuing Studies (BVI) is currently housed in facilities rented by the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College in the heart of Road Town and which serve both as an annex of the Community College and as the University Centre. There is close collaboration between the H. L. Stoutt Community College and the University Centre in the development and delivery of various programmes, for example, the Legal Studies programme and the Teacher Education programme, noted elsewhere in this catalogue. This collaborative relationship between the Community College and the regional university serves to enhance tertiary education in the British Virgin Islands and to encourage and assist those BVI students who plan to enter the University of the West Indies.


Through the facilitative efforts of a Virgin Islander (Mr. E. Wilburn Smith) on the administration of Hocking College in Nelsonville, Ohio, the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College and Hocking College entered into an “Articulation, Training, and Transfer of Credit Agreement” in 1992. As a result of this Agreement, Hocking College and the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College have collaborated in a number of areas, most significantly in delivery of a nursing programme. Hocking College is a fully accredited two-year institution and is well-regarded for its technological programmes, perhaps most notably, its programme in ceramic technology.


Credits are currently transferable to the University of the Virgin Islands in a number of programme areas and discussions continue between the two institutions regarding further articulation arrangements with respect to the transfer of credits.


A collaborative relationship between the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College and Wright State University of Ohio has been developed. A significant result of this relationship has been the opportunity for residents of the territory to pursue post-graduate education without having to leave the BVI through Masters in Education (M.Ed.) and Masters in Business Administration (MBA) programmes being offered in the British Virgin Islands by Wright State University through the Community College. Articulation arrangements between the two institutions with respect to the transfer of course credits are being explored.