Wentworth Institute of Technology
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Boston, MA 02115 USA

The Haiti Project

About the Program

After a devastating 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti on January 12, leaving approximately 230,000 people dead and more than 1.2 million people homeless, the idea of a Train-the Trainer Program was conceived in consultation with Haitian expatriates and Haitian government officials. The concept is to train Haitian professionals already practicing in targeted areas to better manage projects in general and construction projects in particular during the rebuilding of their country. The program will initially include two groups of 18 Haitian nationals who will be brought to the United States for a two week intensive training program to allow them to return to Haiti with the skills needed to teach other Haitian professionals how to do more effective project and construction management.

Both programs will run concurrently for a period of two weeks and provide a total of 80 hours of course work and exercises to the participants. The instruction will be provided by a mix of full time and part time Wentworth faculty, Wentworth alumni, and industry professionals familiar with the work Wentworth does and capable of providing appropriate training for the trainees.

Planned Project

The project proposed is to provide transportation, housing, meals and other necessary accommodations to 36 Haitian nationals to travel to Boston for training, These individuals will be selected by a committee of Haitians living and working in Haiti, familiar with the credentials of the individuals to be selected, and familiar with the requirements imposed outlined herein for the program. Those 36 Haitians would travel to Boston, arriving on June 6, 2010. They would be met at Logan airport by a program representative and transported by Wentworth van to Wentworth for an arrival orientation and housing assignments. They would be provided with a meal ticket for the Wentworth dining hall and support documents for access to other needs and opportunities. On June 18 the trainees would be transported back to Logan airport by Wentworth van for their return flight to Haiti.

Wentworth would then provide 40 hours per week of training. Eighteen of the trainees would be trained in Project Management and the other eighteen would be trained in Construction Management over a two week period. During their training period they would live in the Wentworth dormitories and dine in the Wentworth dining halls, except for special occasions when it is expected that others from the Haitian Community in Boston may host the group. Space may need to be provided for those functions at Wentworth.