Children Incorporated’s Director of International Programs Luis Bourdet recently received a report from our affiliate Colegio Vida (Life School) at the Juan Apostol School in Villa Nueva, just outside of Guatemala City; with the help of contributions from our sponsors and donors, 103 high school graduates of the Juan Apostol School graduated in 2015 with Colegio Vida certifications that will help put them on the path to professions with a future.

Cross-culturally, one of the greatest challenges to graduates is the practical application of academic knowledge. With its motto being “An Institution Created to Make a Difference,” Colegio Vida offers skill-training programs in four areas of study: Computer Repair and Maintenance, Graphic Design, Culinary Arts, and Cosmetology.

From the elementary school to high school levels, students who were interested in Computer Equipment Repair and Maintenance learned a variety of skills in workshops, from learning to identify parts of a computer to how to clean and maintain them.

Each of these vocational training courses emphasizes personal and academic formation for individual achievement. This training is a requirement for certain types of high school diplomas in the Juan Apostol School. Last year, 50 Computer Science students graduated with Computer Repair and Maintenance certification; 25 Arts and Science students with Graphic Design certification; 13 Tourism graduates with certification in Culinary Arts; and 15 Bilingual Secretary and Administrative students with certification in Cosmetology.

From the elementary school to high school levels, students who were interested in Computer Equipment Repair and Maintenance learned a variety of skills in workshops, from learning to identify parts of a computer to how to clean and maintain them.

Cooking classes were administered by school staff, which presented a way for personnel to spend time with students in a capacity outside of scholarly learning, in a practical training environment. One of these students’ assignments was to prepare the food for the quinceañera (a fifteen-year-old birthday celebration for girls that is considered to be a rite of passage from childhood to womanhood in Latin America) for the female students who were turning fifteen years of age in the year 2015.

Already certified Cosmetology students participated as instructors to these high school students with this particular area of interest, and the relationship between the two groups proved to be a mutually-beneficial one. The current students received skill training from the graduates, and the graduates were able to practice their trade on the students upon carrying out the instruction.

In addition to these programs, Colegio Vida offers a variety of summer courses for children, from cooking lessons to cleaning techniques. All classes focus on following instructions and helping out at home so that these children may take full advantage of their school break.

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