Vocational Training Program
December 2007/January 2008
This is an area where we have met some frustration. Although Duc (our board member in Saigon, now moved to the U.S.) introduced us to students at the Cao Thang Technical School in Saigon, and our help was very much appreciated and valuable to them in completing their courses, we were very rarely able to get at our target audience those who would not be able to get any training at all without our help. We will be on the lookout for individual opportunities, and will report them in the Special Projects section.
We have provided continued support to our seven students of $1,000,000 Viet Nam Dong each, about $62 US, for the 2006-2007 school year. These grants allow them to work less and concentrate on their studies more.
All seven of our students graduated in May. Five of them have jobs with average starting salaries of about $100 per month, and the other two have apprenticeships with guaranteed work at the end of their apprentice period.
Duc, in cooperation with the Cao Thang Technical School, has selected seven new students and we will support them with $1,000,000 Viet Nam Dong, now about $63, per month.
Seven students in their late teens and early twenties, five young women and two young men, have been selected by Duc to receive assistance from us with vocational training. They attend the Cao Thang Technical School in Saigon. All are taking two or three year programs in electronics or informatics. Cao Thang was established in 1906, is one of the best technical schools in Saigon, and all graduates find work.
We gave each student $1,000,000 Viet Nam Dong, US $64.00, which is about half their tuition.