How You Can Help
As the entire world is aware, 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. Given the country’s dire need for reconstruction assistance, Wentworth has designed a Train-the Trainer Program in consultation with Haitian expatriates and Haitian government officials. Building upon Wentworth’s experiential learning mission, faculty and staff at Wentworth have developed this program to train Haitians to help themselves.
The Train-the -Trainer program will provide Project Management and Construction Management skills to a select group of Haitian professionals, selected by a committee in Haiti, who have agreed to return to their country to train other Haitians in these sorely needed skills. This training will establish a core cadre of Haitians who can lead the country in its restoration efforts. Two groups of 18 Haitian nationals will be brought to the United States for a two week intensive training program , allowing them to return to Haiti with skills needed to teach other Haitian professionals how to implement effective project and construction management. The training will be provided by full time and part time Wentworth faculty, Wentworth alumni/ae and industry professionals, all of whom have volunteered their time for this program.
As President of Wentworth Institute of Technology, I have been extremely gratified by the faculty, staff and student efforts to develop this program. They have contributed to the curriculum, operations, planning and outreach to the Haitian community. There have been generous donations by various organizations on campus, from our current students to our caterers.
As a member of the Wentworth Community, you, too, could be a part of this effort. Would you consider contributing to the Wentworth’s Train-the-Trainer program, in one of the following forms?
- Make a donation
- Offer a training module
- Ask your employer to partner with WIT on this program
- Introduce the participants to Boston
I sincerely appreciate your support for this initiative.
Zorica Pantic, Ph.D.