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The organization behind this initiative is the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada who have their central offices in Mississauga, Ontario. The William Cornelius Vocational Training Centre is just one of the many humanitarian outreach projects that are sponsored by the P.A.O.C.'s NGO: (non profit/none governmental organization) known as E.R.D.O. (Emergency and Relief Development Overseas). E.R.D.O. has been working to establish schools, orphanages and other types of child support centres in many of our world's developing countries, with such projects as Child Care Plus and the Canadian Food Grains Bank.

The W.C.V.T.C. is a natural extension of the Child Care Plus outreach in Guatemala. For over fifteen years now, the C.C.P. effort has linked arms with the Assemblies of God, Latin America Child Care system, in order to help 15 Guatemalan grade schools through monthly sponsorships from the U.S.A. and Canada.



FOLLOW THE LINKS TO LEARN MORE ABOUT:

 Emergency Relief and Development Overseas - E.R.D.O.

 Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada - P.A.O.C.

 Assemblies of God USA - A.G. U.S.A.

 Latin America ChildCare - L.A.C.C.

 ChildCARE Plus - C.C.P.










We have just gone through the very exciting experience of opening the school with a great dedication and celebration service which was held on the 13th January 2007. The actual opening day for the school was on the 15th January 2007 when we had the pleasure, after so many years of preparation, of welcoming our new student body to come and begin receiving their higher education at the William Cornelius Vocational Training Centre.

We have a full compliment of teachers who are well qualified in their fields. The two specializations that we are currently offering are; Computer Science and Dental Hygiene. Both are three year courses. Our plan is to add more career specializations as these become approved by the Guatemalan Ministry of Education.

The career course we are planning to offer are:


  • Dental Technologies
     
  • Industrial Engineering (Machine Shop Technology)
     
  • Industrial Engineering (Welding Technology)
     
  • Engine Overhaul & Reconditioning Technology
     
  • Reforestation Technologies
     




We do realize that only as the nation's needs become apparent in the years to come, will we be able to clearly decide any new areas that we will add to this urgent list of skills waiting to be filled.


As expatriates, Pauline and I are working ourselves out of a job. We believe it imperative to hand over the reins to our trained and mentored, national leaders as soon as the possibility presents itself. Guatemala is emerging as a developing country and is I believe, ready to take it's place as one of Central America's leaders in a variety of areas such as production technologies and marketing as well as agricultural industries.

In order to teach at the school, it is necessary to have a Guatemalan teaching certificate. We are nevertheless open to receiving qualified volunteers who meet the requirements of our application process in advance of taking up a position at the WCVTC.



For further enquiries, please contact us at:     aslater@paoc.org


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