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Weather Station Project in Grenada – Student Application

Student Application Deadline: November 16, 2018

Program Summary:

ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND INNOVATION are a major focus of the Nova Scotia Community College. As part of this work we are presenting the third year of this exciting program opportunity!

The 2019 NSCC Weather Station Project will provide an opportunity for students from the School of Trades and Technology to travel to Grenada in the Caribbean to participate in a two-week program in May 2019.  NSCC is offering this program in partnership with the T.A. Marryshow Community College from Grenada (http://www.tamcc.edu.gd/) and Grenlec the local power utility. NSCC program participants will collaborate on the 2019 Weather Station Project with counterparts from the T.A. Marryshow Community College (TAMCC). 

The project will be the design and implementation of extensions to environmental data acquisition systems on the island which reflect the operating conditions and limitations learned from the previous phase of this project. Wind measurements is one of the key areas identified as an addition to each system.

Program Qualifications:

This program is open to second-year NSCC students from the following programs:

  • Electronic Engineering Technology
  • Electronic Engineering Technician
  • Electrical Engineering Technology
  • Electrical Technician
  • Energy Sustainability Engineering Technology

This project could act as a senior design project for students.

Employee Involvement:

Selected NSCC students will be mentored by two (2) NSCC employees who will provide support to the students during all phases of the program. The senior employee lead will travel in 2019 and the junior lead will travel in 2020.

About Grenada and T.A. Marryshow Community College

The State of Grenada (www.grenadagrenadines.com/#) is made up of three islands, namely, Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique. It is the most southern of the Caribbean island chain known as the Windward Islands.  Grenada is also known as the "Island of Spice" because of the production of nutmeg and mace crops of which Grenada is one of the world's largest exporters. The size of Grenada is 344 square kilometers, with an estimated population of 110,000. The capital of Grenada is St. George’s and tourism is the main economic sector.

T.A. Marryshow Community College (TAMCC – www.tamcc.edu.gd) is the only publicly funded post-secondary institution in Grenada.  TAMCC has four campuses and offers a wide range of programs in three schools – School of Arts, Sciences and Professional Studies, (SASPS), the School of Applied Arts and Technology (SAAT), and the School of Continuing Education (SCE).

About Grenlec

Grenlec, the local electric power utility, has indicated that they are installing solar photovoltaic (PV) panels in various locations across the island. They have also indicated that solar electric power can be problematic to their electric grid. The electric grid consists of generators being connected together and the electric power is transmitted to various substations where it is distributed to local consumers and communities.

 Learning Outcomes:

  • To develop and refine the skills needed to prepare for and participate in an international learning experience including research, organization, risk management, teamwork, interpersonal communication and cultural competence and sensitivity.
  • To strengthen academic and portfolio profiles through enhanced research, analysis, planning, communication, entrepreneurship, documentation, and presentation skill
  • To identify and reflect on the differences and similarities between Canada and Grenada and the Caribbean in general. 

Selection Criteria:

  • Must be a NSCC student with a valid passport.(or have the ability to get one)
  • Must be a student enrolled in the  second year of one of the identified programs.
  • Applicants must be in good academic standing.

 Application Requirements:

  • Online Application (see below)
  • Current Resume (uploaded to application form)

Students should complete their application on or before November 16, 2018. Following interviews with shortlisted candidates, students will be notified in the first half of November if they are accepted to participate in this program. Within two weeks of receiving approval, students are expected to submit a $500 deposit toward the program fees in December.  At the time of receiving notice of selection a learning contract will be distributed to be signed by students and faculty outlining roles and responsibilities.  

 Project Timeline (subject to change):

October 2018 Student Application (Call for Submission)
November 2018 Student Selection
December 2018 Student Learning Contracts finalized and signed
January 2019 Research and planning phase initiated
January 2019 Online Pre-Departure Course begins
April 2019 Pre-Departure Conference
May 2019 Weather Station Project in Grenada
June 2019 Editing and Follow-up Phase


  • Students accepted into this program must participate in the pre-departure online course and one-day pre-departure conference on April 12, 2019.
  • Students must follow the NSCC international travel policy

Wait List:

Those who are interviewed but not selected may have the opportunity to be placed on a wait-list until all deposits are received.

Program Cost:

The approximate costs associated with this program are outlined below.  The exact costs will be confirmed by NSCC and TAMCC and will depend on the Eastern Caribbean Dollar exchange rate.  The following costs will be included in your Program Fee payable to Nova Scotia Community College. 

Program Fee

Airfare (estimated) $1,500
In-country Accommodation (shared room in a local hotel) and lunches on work days during week 1 and snacks on work days during week 2 $1,400
Local Transportation $500
TOTAL (payable to Nova Scotia Community College) $3,400

Additional Individual Costs (may vary depending on individual):

Passport and Passport Photo $100
Guard.me Travel & Health Insurance (mandatory purchase through guard.me). Cost will vary depending on length of time abroad $100
Immunizations and Prescriptions $100
Meals ($40/day x 14 days) and Incidentals ($10/day x 14 days) $700
TOTAL (payable to Nova Scotia Community College) $1,000

Participants are responsible for the costs of their passport & passport photos, immunizations and prescriptions, travel health insurance through guard.me,  meals and any additional expenses not outlined in the Program Fee.

Student Bursary

Students will have the opportunity to receive a bursary of up to $500 from NSCC International (made possible through external funding) to participate in the program. Details will be sent to those selected to participate in the program.


Students who withdraw from this program after they have confirmed their participation will forfeit their deposit.

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