August 19, 2021, Mesón de Goya School Restaurant, Santa Tecla.
To formalize this important contribution to Education, the signing of the Record of Discussion of the “Project: Improving the capacity of engineering education at ITCA-FEPADE in El Salvador” was held; carried out by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the ITCA-FEPADE Specialized School in Engineering, with the support of the El Salvador Agency for International Cooperation (ESCO).
With this millionaire support to ITCA-FEPADE, a modern building with classrooms with the purpose of training in Industrial Innovation 4.0 will be built, with equipped laboratories with state-of-the-art technology for Manufacturing, Robotics, Process Control, Industrial, IoT and Big Data Devices and Applications, Cybersecurity with artificial intelligence, it will besides an intelligent virtual classroom.
This Industrial Innovation Training building will provide the country with qualified labor, graduates will have better job opportunities. With better trained technicians, companies will be more efficient, open opportunities for foreign investment, and will be able to compete regionally and globally.
In addition, we will have a modern welding workshop with industry 4.0 that will be remodeled and re-equipped.
2 new careers will also be created: Intelligent Manufacturing Technician and Intelligent Computer Technician, as well as industry 4.0 diploma courses.
The population that will benefit each year will be over 2,100 students from 23 technical careers, 4 engineering majors, and around 4,500 will receive professional training through Contin Education diploma courses in these areas; hoping to increase the employability of young people in El Salvador, by strengthening technical and vocational education and training in Intelligent Information Technology and Intelligent Manufacturing Technology.
The Project will have a duration of 6 years (2021-2026) and an amount of USD $ 5.8M. In addition, it will contribute to the Country Plan, since it is aligned with the Cuscatlán Plan and the 2020-2030 Digital Agenda.
Since 2003, ITCA-FEPADE has received support from the Korean Government, jointly developing successful projects to train generations of high-level professionals; Under this experience, KOICA has seen ITCA-FEPADE as the best ally for this new project, taking into account that with its 5 campuses (Santa Tecla, Santa Ana, Zacatecoluca, San Miguel and La Unión) strategically located throughout the country At the national level, it serves 51% of the population of students in technical careers for industry and services (according to data from Statistical Information of Higher Education Institutions 2018); provides an academic offer in Technical Careers, Engineering and Contin Education; and has the recognition and close relationship with the productive sector of the country.