Wednesday 2 December, 2020

Inner-city students get CAC 2000 Foundation scholarships

Members of the CAC 2000 team pose for a photo op with a few of the scholarship recipients.

Members of the CAC 2000 team pose for a photo op with a few of the scholarship recipients.

Nine primary school students are the recipients of scholarships presented by the CAC 2000 Foundation.  

The students, who transitioned to high schools this year, received bursaries totalling $50,000 under the Pearl Drue Wong Scholarship, named after the grandmother of Gia Abraham, CAC’S Chief Operating Officer. They also received an android tablet to facilitate online learning.

Noting that the foundation’s scholarship programme began in 2019, Abraham said that these scholarships are specifically earmarked for the inner-city primary schools, namely Dupont Primary; Cockburn Gardens; Seaview Gardens; Tavares Gardens; and the Abilities Foundation. 

She commented: “As a foundation, we are committed to providing this assistance because we know that a good education is the one thing no one can take away from you, and with it anything is possible. We are committed to ensuring no child who has received a scholarship and continues to perform gets left behind.  As such our first cohort of scholarship recipients in 2019, were also awarded android tablets, to ensure that during these unprecedented times, they will have access to their online classes.”

Abraham explained that “since its establishment in 2016, CAC 2000 Foundation has worked to assist disadvantaged, differently abled and at-risk youth secure employment through education. We have partnered with existing programmes and entities such as RISE Life Management which caters to the inner-city youth and the Pacers Running Club, to raise funds for S.T.E.P Centre which caters to children with multiple disabilities. We have also collaborated with the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) for our Skills Training Programme for air conditioning repairs and servicing." 

In 2019, the foundation launched a technician training programme, enrolling 132 persons from the inner city and trained them in air conditioning service principles in partnership with the JSIF integrated Community Development Programmes.

Seventy-two of them have graduated, with 40 per cent of the graduates becoming gainfully employed by either CAC 2000 Limited or associated companies.  All graduates were outfitted with tools as a means of them starting their own business if they so desired as Independent Service Technicians.

In addition to the Pearl Drue Wong Scholarships, The CAC Foundation offers three other scholarships - the Audrey Roberts Scholarship, valued at $250,000.00 issued to a UWI Humanities student; the Annabella Marston Scholarship, valued at $250,000.00 issued to a UTECH student originating from the Montego Bay area; and the CAC 2000 Foundation Scholarship, valued at $50,000 each to five qualifying CAC staff members.

Abraham said that “ CAC 2000 as the leading experts on energy and indoor environmental quality (IEQ), whose main purpose is “Improving People’s Lives”,  is totally committed to Jamaica and  the future of its people and sees education as a vehicle for ensuring the development of underserved communities."

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