Amity Foundation's Program Supports Secondary Technical School Students

A picture shows the workshop of Amity Foundation's "Future Engineers Program" being well received by vocational school students.
A picture shows the workshop of Amity Foundation's "Future Engineers Program" being well received by vocational school students. (photo: Amity Foundation)
By John ZhangMay 5th, 2023

The Amity Foundation has launched a project called "Future Engineer Program," which aims to support vocational school students with financial stress and help them step into the workforce.

On Youth Day, May 4th, the foundation invited people to approach the program and learn about different industries, according to the foundation.

The family members let Wu study at a vocational school so that he could go to work quickly, even though he got good grades in the senior high school entrance examination. He majored in the application of electronic technology at the Yangzhou Tianhai Vocational Technology School, which is the target school of the program of the Amity Foundation that provides a workshop and scholarship for Wu.

Xiaoguo, Wu's alumnus, is a former student who benefited from the program. Majoring in elderly service and management at school, he is now interning at a nursing home in Nanjing.

Feifei, a student learning new energy vehicle inspection and maintenance technology at Chongqing Mechanical Technical College, encountered some resistance from others who believed that girls should not pursue majors outside of traditional fields like preschool education or nursing.

Despite facing gender stereotypes, Feifei remained determined to pursue her passion for the automobile industry and believed that new energy vehicles would be an important development trend in the future. The support from the Amity Foundation's "Future Engineer Program" gave her more confidence in her choices.

Wang Yuqian, a project staff member of the program, said, "In terms of major selection, we will tend to some local characteristic majors and traditional majors in project areas, such as agriculture and animal husbandry, jade carving, Huaiyang cuisine cooking, and arts and crafts, or some new majors, such as robotics, drones, new energy vehicles, services for the elderly, and minority languages.”

Since its launch in Tengchong, Yunnan, in September 2017, the program has helped more than 400 vocational school students in Tengchong complete their studies and step into the workforce over the past six years.

As a Tengchong student aided by the program to study woodcarving, Ziyi works in a local woodcarving factory to undertake the processing of woodcarving products after graduation.

 (Note: Names in the article are all pseudonyms.)

- Translated by Abigail Wu

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