The first batch of seven media workers have graduated with Associate Degrees from the T.A Marryshow Community College (TAMCC)) in Tanteen, St. George’s.
The graduates include former Assistant Public Relations Officer at the Grenada Solid Waste Management Authority (GSWMA), Diana Neckles-Mark, Government Information Service worker, Gayvon Mark, and Radio Announcer at WEE FM, Mickey Hutchinson.
The list is completed by Valisca Edwards, Kelly Rougier, and Cherriann Blackman-Stephen of the New Today newspaper.
Hutchinson came out on top with honours. The graduates spending three years doing the course at TAMCC which cost approximately $2000 a year.
Mark told THE NEW TODAY newspaper, that it was worth studying to obtain the Associate Degree since it is something no one can take away from you.
“Something like a degree in education, it is not something the bank can take back or the credit union takes back or you could lose, it’s yours to keep and when you commit yourself to educate yourself, regardless of how much you’ve lost along the way, how much opportunities you missed, how much you had to sacrifice, any sacrifice is worth it because your education is yours to keep for life,” he said.
According to Mark, he has already started applying to his job what he has learnt over the three years at TAMCC.
“I have moved from just being a Technician now to branch off into Production which is like the next step – it’s not just being behind the camera now – it’s planning how you’re going to put the programme together – the objective was to lift the overall media standard or lift my standard,” he remarked.
One of the graduates, Chearvon Benjamin talked about the time spent at gaining her education.
“The financial sacrifice, the sacrifice with family, the handwork which was behind it, you see at the end I have graduated with honours so in my case it was more than worth it.
“…This is my second time in TAMCC, the first time I dropped out 6 months before I was able to complete my course so for my second time I was determined to make it to the end and excel at whatever else I was going to do.
“When I got the opportunity to do the Media Studies Programme I thought why not, because it’s in my field, so I jumped at the opportunity and today reaping the success of it.
The MTV news anchor is encouraging other media persons to take advantage of the opportunity to become qualified.
“Most people would have said that they have seen a change in attitude, writing, the way I present myself”, she remarked.
“…At the start it might seem to be difficult and it might seem to be a venture not worth taking but when you get to the end of the journey, you would see that it is something that you need to do, any media worker,” she said.