SpotlightsConnect, engage and discover the possibilities at the UVICELL Center. 

As the cornerstone of continuing education, the UVICELL Center is dedicated to connecting nontraditional students with the University community, by engaging them with the people and programs available, and discovering their opportunities to grow personally, academically and professionally.

The Spotlight is a new UVICELL feature created to promote the highlights, achievements and unique points of pride of the Center.  When you join UVICELL, you join a community of learners who have been where you are. Hear their stories, learn about new programs, be inspired, and join the community.

Student Spotlight

Meet a selection of our students: from the high school students needing help with their SATs, to the retiree who wanted a fresh challenge.  Our students' stories illustrate how doors are opened through education.

Instructor Spotlight

Our instructors are dedicated professionals who understand your need to acquire skills that ensure you are ready for what is being asked of you on the job.  Here, we shine the spotlight on our outstanding instructors who inspire, motivate, and teach the skills that help our students achieve success.

Featured Instructor: Dannica Thomas 

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Dannica Thomas was born and raised on the island of St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands.  Dannica always had a zest for life, in which she enrolled in the Business Administration program at the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI). Dannica successfully completed the associate, bachelor and masters programs in Business Administration at UVI.

While in enrolled at UVI, Dannica worked at the UVI Small Business Development Center (SBDC) as a student assistant in April 2004. In October 2004, Dannica was offered the Administrative Assistant position at the SBDC.

As part of the SBDC community outreach obligation, Dannica was asked to be a motivational speaker for 7th grade students at Addelita Cancryn Junior High School in 2009.  That experience ignited the fire within Dannica to educate the masses – to become a school teacher in the public school system.  Dannica later enrolled in the Masters in Education - Teaching and Technology degree program in 2010. 

In August 2010, Dannica moved to the Information and Technology Service (ITS) department as the Office Manager for the Office of the Chief Information Officer.  Dannica loved her new role; however, the passion to educate the masses grew stronger. In January 2013, Dannica’s wish was granted, in which, she was promoted to the Training Program Coordinator (lead trainer) for the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL).  Dannica remains excited about her role as the lead trainer because it is all that she ever wanted to do. Dannica is also a continuing education instructor for the UVI Community Engagement and Lifelong Learners (CELL) Center.

Dannica performs training on Blackboard Learn, myCampus, Adobe Professional and Connect, Mastering iDevices and app management, DocuSign, Videoconference and Smart Classrooms tutorials, Social Media Marketing, Effective Business Communication, Respondus, Get Organized Today (Time Management and Organizational Skills), Resume Writing, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, SharePoint, Access, Project and Outlook, EMS room scheduling system, and other technologies and applications training.

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