On Thursday November 03, the twelve (12) students who were awarded scholarships by the National Ozone Unit to pursue the Refrigeration and Air-conditioning course at the T A Marryshow Community College (TAMCC) for the 2011-2012 academic year, paid a courtesy call to the office of the National Ozone Unit (NOU).

During the visit the students met and held discussions with the National Ozone Officer, Mr. Leslie Smith. Among the many issues discussed were: academic performance, changes in the scholarship program, challenges and expectations and plans for an exhibition to showcase the skills acquired.

From the discussions it was evident that the students were highly motivated and were satisfied with their performances at the college. They further reiterated their commitment to make best use of the opportunity presented to them by the NOU and TAMCC. The students spoke highly of the lecturers at the college in relation to how the information is presented and the deliberate effort by the lecturers to ensure that they understand what is presented.

The National Ozone Officer (NOO) in addressing the students, reminded them of the primary objectives of the scholarship program and the need for them to take seriously and to make the best use of this opportunity especially at a time when there is a great need for persons with skills in this sector in Grenada. The NOO also reminded the students of the challenge given to them at the scholarship presentation ceremony by the Honorable Michael Church, former Minister of the Environment, to put on an exhibition at the end of their training to demonstrate what they have learnt from the two years at TAMCC.

The scholarship program is an integral component of Grenada’s Hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) Phase-out Management Plan (HPMP) and seeks to provide young and aspiring Refrigeration and Air-conditioning (RAC) technicians with training in Good Refrigeration practices at the inception of their career development. It is further expected that in doing so there will be a deliberate effort to prevent the release of Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS), particularly refrigerants, into the atmosphere and aid in the preservation, protection and healing of the fragile ozone layer.

This is the second year of the scholarship program. The program is implemented in conjunction with the Grenada Refrigeration, Air-conditioning and Ventilating Association (GRAVA). To date, twenty-two students have benefitted from the program.