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H. Lavity Stoutt Community College

The H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (often referred to locally as HLSCC) is a community college in the British Virgin Islands. At present there are only two tertiary institutions in the territory, The University of the West Indies and H. Lavity Stoutt Community College which most of the students choose to attend.

H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC)
TypeCommunity College
PresidentMrs. Judith Vanterpool
Paraquita Bay Campus, P.O Box 3097, Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands
Paraquita Bay, Tortola
18°25′26″N 64°34′43″W / 18.4240°N 64.5785°W / 18.4240; -64.5785Coordinates: 18°25′26″N 64°34′43″W / 18.4240°N 64.5785°W / 18.4240; -64.5785
ColorsGreen & Gold
AffiliationsAssociation of Caribbean Tertiary Institutions; American Association of Community Colleges


The college was originally established in 1990 as the British Virgin Islands Community College under the College Act, 1990. The institution was subsequently renamed in favour of Lavity Stoutt, first Chief Minister of the British Virgin Islands and founding chairman of the College's Board of Governors.[1] In 1993 the College moved into a new three-storey facility at its Paraquita Bay Campus, where it still principally resides. The first campus building encompassed some 10,000 square feet and had 15 classrooms and laboratories on the upper floors, and 4,700 square feet for administrative offices on the ground floor.

Eileene L. Parsons was a bursar at the school before she became a politician and minister. There is an auditorium at the college which is named in her honour.[2]


The current study body is over 1,000 students. The current President (and the College's fifth) is Dr. Janet Smith, a native BVIslander.[3] Many students attend the college for a period of one or two years to obtain a certain amount of course credit before transferring to a college in the United States. However, not all colleges in the U.S. educational system recognise course credit from the College. A list of institutions who recognise credits from the College is listed on the website.[4] HLSCC was granted candidacy for accreditation in June 2012.


As part of Government education policy HLSCC is free to attend for native BVIslanders. This in turn has led to significant funding pressures.[5][6]


  1. ^ "Things to know about us". Retrieved 4 March 2013.
  2. ^ EXCLUSIVE: I have been fortunate – Eileene L. Parsons, 19 June 2013, VirginIslandsNewsOnline,com, Retrieved 11 February 2016
  3. ^ "HLSCC Names 5th President". HLSCC. Retrieved 3 March 2017.
  4. ^ "College Affiliations". HLSCC. Retrieved 3 March 2017.
  5. ^ "We are 'most certainly' strapped for cash – HLSCC". BVI News. 2 March 2016.
  6. ^ "HLSCC struggles to pay staff!". VINO. 15 November 2016.