“What I love about the Advance Program is the additional support the program provides for my classmates and [me].”

https://youtu.be/sdpdiM7nkMM Rashida is a student at the Montego Bay Community College. She is enrolled in the Health and Wellness Tourism Programme. Rashida is also a recipient of an Advance Program scholarship. She shares her college experience and journey with Advance.   [0:03] ...

Putting Theory into Practice: Piloting Faculty Externships in Logistics 

The new technical degree program in Logistics, Transportation and Port Operations at the Universidad Cristiana Evangélica Nuevo Milenio (UCENM) in San Pedro Sula, Honduras has collaborative ties with nearby ports, cargo transportation, and customs businesses. During the curriculum mapping stages for this...

A Turning Point: How the Advance Program Helps Luis Succeed

Luis Fernando Alva Cifuentes, a student at CUNOROC-USAC studying Fruit Production As one of five children of a single mother in Huehuetenango, Luis Fernando Alva Cifuentes draws motivation to succeed from his family. His family has inspired his dedication to...

Learning by doing: How professional development opportunities changed one teacher’s perspective

Written by: Cait-Amoi Goulbourne Introducing a new program in any training institution means both faculty and students must be prepared for the new curriculum. This preparation, however, entails much more than building skills in course development and delivery. For Alia...

One plus one will always equal more than two

One of the most effective ways to reach objectives and overcome problems is to unite efforts for a common goal. In this spirit, Honduras has developed a partnership for education and workforce so that key actors, such as the Secretary...

An entrepreneurial journey in Guatemala

Eunice Cristel Marroquín Eunice Cristel Marroquín studies in the Hotel Management and Gastronomy technical degree program at the Universidad Rafael Landivar (URL).  Cristel first learned about the Advance Program through her participation in the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) program called, Grupo de Jovenes Constuctores.  The program provides support to youth between the ages of...

Improving curricular revision processes in Honduras to strengthen technical degree programs

In December 2018, the Advance Program in Honduras designed and implemented a workshop for 32 faculty and staff from the technical degree programs Auxiliary Nursing and Web Design & Development at the Centro Universitario Tecnologico (CEUTEC).  The objectives for this...

Creating Mentorship Opportunities for Jamaican Youth

Written by: Cait-Amoi Goulbourne The Advance Program, a five-year regional technical education strengthening program funded by USAID and implemented by FHI 360 in Honduras, Guatemala, and Jamaica, is on a journey to prepare Jamaican youth for the world of work....

Aeon Chintersingh Advances His Dream

Written by: Cait-Amoi Goulbourne Aeon Chintersingh is living his dream. He gets to study animation at the Vocational Training Development Institute (VTDI) after receiving a scholarship through the Advance Program. “Animation is life,” said Aeon. He admitted he would not...

Bringing partnerships to life

Higher Education and Private Sector Forum brings new opportunities for schools and industry leaders  “No student should leave university without work experience!” This charge for Andrea Dempster-Chung, attracted resounding applause from an energized group of private businesses and associations, and...