MEXICO: Don Bosco Technological Institute Holds 10th Don Bosco Expotec for Students to Showcase Their Inventions
(MissionNewswire) The Don Bosco Technological Institute of Saltillo recently held the 10th Don Bosco Expotec, which highlighted 86 youth projects focused on the theme, “Young people who leave fingerprints.” The event was an opportunity for students studying for their bachelor’s degrees to put into practice their knowledge through ingenious inventions or improvements in production processes.
Close to 1,500 students visited the Expotec every day, participating in workshops and conferences. There were also various companies who attended that ended up buying some of the projects because of their quality, innovation, creativity and commercial potential. Don Bosco Technological Institute offers classes in mechanical and electrical engineering, among other subjects.
The technical school was built more than decade ago and has experienced significant development. More than 1,000 students attend courses as part of a program culminating in a bachelor’s degree in technology. Through workforce development initiatives such as assistance with resume writing and interviewing skills, the technical school also helps students find and retain stable employment upon graduation.
“The school’s programs respond to the local need for technical skills training by providing high-quality training courses, which is very much appreciated in a region known for its industrial activity,” says Father Mark Hyde, executive director of Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco. “Through coursework and additional social development programs, students leave the technical school with the professional skills and aptitude necessary to excel in the workforce.”
The state of Coahuila’s business community has rallied around the technical school, becoming an integral support to its students. Salesian missionaries working at the school have made connections within the business community to help students make an easier transition from the classroom into the workforce. Employers are impressed with the level of technical skill of the school’s graduates and also their employment preparedness.
“Education and innovation have always been a cornerstone of Salesian work as we address local needs and help students break the cycle of poverty,” adds Fr. Hyde. “Salesian missionaries are known for their technical education and have more than 850 vocational, technical, professional and agricultural schools around the globe providing youth necessary practical employment skills while helping them to become contributing adults in their communities.”
More than 46 percent of Mexico’s population lives in poverty, according to UNICEF. Close to 53 million people lack access to education, healthcare, transportation and even the most basic necessities such as food and shelter. Youth in the country face a higher rate of poverty at more than 53 percent, which accounts for 20 million children and adolescents, with 5 million of those living in extreme poverty.
UNICEF – Mexico