JIS News

In keeping with its commitment to the development of the nation’s young people, Alumina Partners of Jamaica (ALPART) will, over the next 10 years, be spending some $17 million on the provision of 70 scholarships.
The scholarships, which can be accessed by persons from the company’s immediate mining area, will be tenable at the University of the West Indies (UWI), University of Technology (UTech), Northern Caribbean University (NCU), College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE) and the G.C. Foster College.
Administrative Director at ALPART, Robert McKay told JIS News that the programme was initiated by General Manager, Darrel Harriman on June 29, 2004.
“This year we decided to introduce a more structured programme for direct educational assistance to deserving individuals.the package for 2004 will be in the fields of computer science, chemical engineering, labour relations, business management, engineering, agriculture and sport education,” the General Manager explained.
He pointed out that at the university level, the support would be for three years leading up to the award of a first degree.
“This translates to $100,000 per annum, while at the college level it will be $60,000 per annum for two years,” he added.
Mr. McKay noted that for more than 35 years, ALPART has remained a true partner in its support for education and its employees.
“Our employees are always participating in various training programmes and in fact do receive support to pursue approved courses at the tertiary level. Our communities also share in this partnership through work experience and summer employment programmes,” he said.
Five of this year’s awardees are Taneisha Parchment (NCU), Andrea Legg (CASE), Kenesha Cooper (UTech), Carlene Mattis (UWI) and Weynika Bent Evans (UWI).

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