Vocational education in Israel or, as it is commonly called today, traditional technology, suffers from a huge shortage of professionals. The repair fields of electrical and automotive mechanics, frames, carpentry, welding and more have become required professions in great demand and the market is willing to pay a very high salary to quality professionals.
The technological colleges (non-academic) are engaged in the training of practical engineers and technicians in the fields of engineering. Most of the students who apply do not have high academic abilities and, therefore, the dropout rate in these colleges is high and can even reach 40% in the first year.
One of the tasks is to strengthen students in their first year by providing academic, emotional and financial support. The percentage of students among minorities is high, so economic questions also become a difficulty that leads to dropping out of school.
Last year ICA helped to strengthen first-year students through the StartUp Association. Equipment was purchased for the electrical laboratory of Sapir College of Technology.
Due to Covid-19, most learning has been conducted by Zoom, so lecturers use a desk with a video camera and internet connectivity, improving the quality of teaching.
In the enclosed photo, the college principals came to our office to thank ICA for its grant, emphasizing that in the past year not one student dropped out of school.
This should be remembered, especially in light of the Corona pandemic … really nice to know that.