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

By Ruth Chisholm | Sep 24, 2019

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 plus one will always equal more than two

By Juan Carlos Rodriguez | Jul 26, 2019

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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An entrepreneurial journey in Guatemala

By Alejandro Paredes | Jul 10, 2019

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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Improving curricular revision processes in Honduras to strengthen technical degree programs

By Juan Carlos Rodriguez | Jun 24, 2019

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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Creating Mentorship Opportunities for Jamaican Youth

By Ruth Chisholm | Jun 11, 2019

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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Aeon Chintersingh Advances His Dream

By Ruth Chisholm | Jun 4, 2019
Photograph of Aeon

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.

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Bringing partnerships to life

By Ruth Chisholm | May 31, 2019

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 faculty and staff from technical tertiary institutions. Dempster-Chung said this, while highlighting opportunities in the…

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ADVANCE Program Participates in the CIES World Education Conference

By Alejandro Paredes | May 21, 2019

How do we make education sustainable? That was the theme at the 2019 Comparative & International Education Society (CIES) Annual Conference – Education for Sustainability in San Francisco, California. More than three thousand participants from different nationalities, countries, organizations, and universities participated in panel presentations, round table discussions, workshops, and networking events

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Las Top 5 preguntas sobre las barreras para acceder y completar la educación superior en Honduras

By Juan Carlos Rodriguez | Feb 19, 2018

El Estudio sobre las Barreras de Acceso y Culminacion (SBAC) del Programa Avanza explora los obstáculos fuertes que enfrentan los jóvenes hondureños para acceder y completar la educación postsecundaria en Honduras. El estudio es único ya que más que investigar la cuestión cuantitativa básica de cuántos estudiantes están matriculados en la educación superior, explora exactamente…

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Top 5 Questions About the Barriers to Access and Completion of Higher Education in Honduras

By Juan Carlos Rodriguez | Feb 19, 2018

The Advance Program’s Study of Barriers to Access and Completion (SBAC) explores the pervasive obstacles that disadvantaged Honduran youth face in accessing and completing post-secondary education. The study is unique in that it probes beyond the basic quantitative question of how many students are enrolled in higher education, to explore exactly who has access to, and…

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To improve youth employability, the Advance Program is strengthening the capacity of select two-and-three-year technical tertiary education programs to provide market-relevant, quality training to disadvantaged youth in Guatemala, Honduras and Jamaica.