By: Fernanda Soares and Alejandra De Freitas  Originally published on FHI 360’s R&E Search for Evidence blog.  Educators, psychologists and even economists have identified the critical importance of social and emotional learning (SEL) in education. Research shows that SEL can have a positive impact on school climate and promote a host of academic, social and emotional benefits for students. SEL is critical…

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Tegucigalpa – Autoridades, directores, coordinadores, estudiantes e invitados especiales de las universidades UNAH, CEUTEC de UNITEC y UCENM celebraron mediante un evento virtual, las lecciones aprendidas y resultados alcanzados por el Programa. Gracias a la colaboración técnica y financiera de USAID ejecutada en coordinación con estas tres universidades socias, se cierra un programa novedoso que…

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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 degree, the Advance Program (“Program”) organized working sessions between UCENM and these relevant businesses. The…

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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 his studies, as his mother and older sister have helped Luis throughout secondary school, ensuring he was able to earn scholarships and awards. After finishing secondary…

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In a competitive job market, a degree alone might not be a sufficient qualification for a job. As employers demand increasingly more qualified job candidates, students must look for new ways to differentiate themselves beyond simply their academic experiences. Internships can be a critical way for students to gain experience outside the classroom, with a…

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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 Wedderburn, head of the School of Aesthetics and Cosmetology at Excelsior Community College, professional development…

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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 of Education, USAID and the private sector, could come together through seminars and workshops to…

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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 16 and 24, that is unemployed and out of school.  The program offers job placement services, support…

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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 event were two-fold, (1) work on the curriculum development of the two degree programs Advance…

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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. In Jamaica, Advance works with the Council of Community Colleges of Jamaica to strengthen degree…

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