The T. A. Marryshow Community College (TAMCC) is now equipped with a fully refurbished electrical engineering lab, which has been enhanced to expose students to equipment and technology currently used in the industry.
According to Dean of the School of Applied Arts and Technology (SAAT), Marlene Finlay, the new facility, which comprises 8 new work stations, was completed in September but will be fully operational with the start of the new semester in the New Year.
Funding for the project came through the Grenada Electricity Services Ltd. (Grenlec) under its Community Partnership Initiative (GCPI).
This scheme is now up in the air following a move by government to amend the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission Amendment Bill in November to gain greater control over the use of GCPI funding.
Speaking at the official ribbon cutting ceremony, Chairman of the TAMCC College Council, Colin Dowe praised Grenlec for the $150, 000.00 investment, which he noted will allow students “to be ready to perform at even higher levels once they get to the job market…and will translate into greater productivity and efficiency for Grenada.”
According to Manager of Corporate Communication at Grenlec, Prudence Greenidge, this project is “very significant” to the company, which has continued to support the college over the years.
Noting that most of Grenlec’s workers would have graduated from the electrical engineering skills development programme at TAMCC, Greenidge said: “We (at Grenlec) are happy that wherever you go in Grenada you will be able to bring a standard of excellence and that’s why our committee members, when this project was presented…there was absolutely no reservation at all in saying yes, this is something that we need to do and to give it in fact what we have now as the maximum project award of $150, 000.”
The project was two-fold involving the remodelling of the physical layout and sealing off of the room to cater for a better learning environment.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, with Responsibility for Human Resource Development, Jacinta Joseph and electrical engineering students were also on hand to witness the commissioning of the new facility.