On January 8, the Center opened its doors to the community and began enrollment for 2019, amidst uncertainty regarding the sociopolitical violence in the country and the resulting economic crisis. By February, 679 students were enrolled, meeting its goal and even exceeding classroom capacity.
Currently, the most demanded courses are Natural Medicine, Cashier, Computer Operating, English, Sewing, Cosmetology, Cake Decoration and Baking and Pastry. Baking & Pastry is a free course, which was originally intended to last three months and now for its success and demand will be extended to five months. For the second semester the students are asking for specialized courses, such as barbershop, acrylic nails, among others.
In order to insure the safety of our students and teachers, the Center has installed a surveillance camera system. There is also a security guard 24/7, and students are reminded not to walk to or from classes alone. Students are asked to maintain regular communication with teachers through WhatsApp. Currently the classes are back to regular schedule, but if there is news of unrest, classes will be suspended for the safety of students.
The Center’s classrooms are filled to capacity, due to the increase in unemployment in Nicaragua. Now more than ever, Nicaraguans need affordable access to technical and vocational training, in order to start a business or find work. The Center’s social commitment is to promote entrepreneurship, so people can generate their own income and have a dignified life.
The instructor María Antonia Centeno teaching her students cutting hair techniques.
Students making bread.