The UW Guatemala Education Project

Project Year 2008

Phase 2:  MTC Vocational Training Center

 

In 2008, the Movement of Peasant Workers (MTC) requested funding to support a Vocational Training Center, rather than the scholarships that were funded the previous year, so that the project could reach more youth. The Vocational Center hired Professor Baudilio Israel Recinos de Leon to oversee the vocational training and activities. Between July and December of 2008, the vocational center ran four main workshops: Carpentry, Cutting and Sewing, Computer Classes, and Beautician and Hair Cutting – all taught by certified professionals. The courses were designed to serve 120 children and youth, but due to a high interest in the programs, 164 children and youth were served – 88 young women and 76 young men. The table below shows how many attended each workshop.

MTC Vocational Training Center participants, 2008

 

Workshop

Women

Men

Total

Carpentry

0 30 30

Cutting and Sewing

42 0 42

Computer Classes

13 45 58

Beautician and Hair Cutting

31 1 34

Total

88 76 164

 

In addition to providing vocational workshops, the Vocational Center provided food and lodging for up to 36 youth at a time.  Workshop participants that lived in remote areas and could not easily access the center were, therefore, still able to benefit from classes.

 

Carpentry Workshop

 

Carpentry workshop participants, San Marcos, Guatemala

 

Cutting and Sewing Workshop

 

Sewing workshop participants, San Marcos, Guatemala

 

Computer Class

 

Computer workshop participants, San Marcos, Guatemala

 

Beautician and Hair Cutting Class

 

Hair cutting workshop participants, San Marcos, Guatemala

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