Students with disabilities start US-funded technical training

Fifty students with disabilities began a 12-month software engineering and information technology management training program this week and 33 others with visual and hearing impairments enrolled for a three-month IT course under an initiative funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

The program, begun in 2007, has curriculum and coursework in English and certified trainers from service companies.

Classes are held during working hours and simulate a workplace environment with lectures in the morning and training in the afternoon.

The program is a joint effort between the Hanoi College of Information Technology (HCIT) and USAID’s implementing partner, Catholic Relief Services (CRS). So far, 75 students have completed year-long training courses in Hanoi, with 64 of them finding jobs or internships.

A total of 103 students are currently enrolled in classes at both HCIT and at a new program in Ho Chi Minh City.

By the close of the project in 2010, 125 young people with disabilities will complete training in software engineering and attain employment in the computer industry. A further 200 students with visual and hearing impairments will complete training in basic computing skills. 

By Uyen Phuong

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