Virtual TrainingLooking Forward to the Future
It felt like overnight schools around the world were being closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Teachers were scrambling to try and come up with ways to “teach” and connect with their students online.
Our Learning and Mentoring Centers throughout the world were closed as well due to this pandemic, but thanks to careful planning and strategic initiatives by our team we were “ahead” of the curve and had solutions for these unforeseen challenges.
As an organization we are continually looking for ways to improve our programs and services. Since 2017, Lifting Generations has made significant progress and investments into a “virtual” learning and mentoring model. Some of the key components of this virtual model included:
- Standardized online curriculum
- Robust database systems for remote enrollment and data capture
- Virtual App development for information capture
- Utilizing and applying virtual online platforms and tools such as Zoom technology for virtual group training sessions, Google Docs for shared development activities, and Google Classroom for virtual curriculum delivery
During this time frame we launched several important and very successful Virtual Pilot initiatives resulting in exceptional outcomes. Our “Virtual Pilot Initiative” was launched in four different countries.
During 2019, our Cuautla, Mexico Virtual Pilot Initiative graduated 111 students. These students were able to complete our certificate vocational training courses helping them qualify for better paying jobs.
In addition to vocational training each student received MENTORING and training in personal Self-Reliance. These students were able to increase their incomes one average by 16%, increase their personal savings by 41%, and considerable reduced their personal consumer debt by 59%.
Similar results were found throughout our other pilot initiatives. By the end of 2019, 83% of our participants had enrolled in our “virtual vocational and MENTORING training programs”. They did have the benefit of utilizing our Learning and Mentoring Center’s classrooms and computers.
Today, we are ahead of schedule with our sales and customer service course will be ready for our online platform in time for our next semester starting in May. By the end of 2020 all of our vocational training classes will be available virtually through our online platform.
While these individuals may be living in developing countries cell phone technology has advanced greatly so that these students are able to “attend and complete” their courses. Our virtual model is allowing us to reach so many more waiting for their chance to be lifted.
Students are of all ages are able to take our vocational training and business development courses. No one is turned away. There is no monetary cost for our vocational courses, instead students “pay” for their education by performing 40-hours of approved community service.
While our physical classrooms were shut down in the middle of the semester, our students were not left alone and without support. Today, we are still moving forward, MENTORING and training these students enabling them to lift themselves out of their generational poverty and find success.
Our multi-year investments in technology for our vocational training courses have prepared us for a time like today. We commit to pushing ahead during the Coronavirus shutdowns, to make sure that our organization not only survives, but comes out on the other side of this stronger than before.
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