Afghanistan Technical Vocational Institute to Open New Construction Materials Laboratory with Aid from US Army Corps of Engineers

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New Construction Materials Laboratory Opening at ATVI

Our curriculum has grown to include not only these fields of study which are essential to build a strong economic infrastructure in Afghanistan, but a major goal of the Institute is to prepare students to excel in areas such as business administration as well

The Afghanistan Technical and Vocational Institute (ATVI) (http://www.atvi.edu.af) is proud to announce the US Army Corps of Engineers, Afghan Engineering District - North in conjunction with the Commander's Emergency Response Program (CERP) is providing financial aid to build and equip a new Construction Materials Laboratory at ATVI.

A ceremony commemorating the groundbreaking of this new structure was held July 1 at ATVI's main campus in Kabul. In addition to ATVI Executive Director, Ambassador Sardar Roshan, ATVI faculty, staff, students and their families, the ceremony was honored by the presence of His Excellency Dr. Farooq Wardak, Afghan Minister of Education, Ms. Robin Liffmann, Director of AED Capacity Development Program, Colonel McCormick, Director of Investment for Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA), distinguished guests from the private and public sectors, as well as many Corps of Engineers Officers.

With the aid of the Army Corps of Engineers (ACE), the addition of the new Construction Materials Laboratory will add a new dimension to the services, connections and opportunities afforded by ATVI. The construction of this new laboratory is the latest expansion for ATVI, which saw the opening of its first branch campus in Laghman province in 2009. ATVI will provide in-kind labor to perform the project which is estimated to complete construction in 45 days. In addition to broadening the scope of services offered to ATVI students, the lab will improve the teaching of construction procedures and standards in the country of Afghanistan.

"ATVI's commitment to providing intensive training and local employment opportunities to graduates, will not only offer benefits to the students themselves, but their families and individual communities. Members of the Corps are keen to support projects that will develop education and workforce readiness. The Construction Materials Lab is an excellent project to demonstrate the advancement of both of these goals," stated Mr. Farouki.

ATVI staff members were able to meet members of ACE and representatives of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, the Dutch Embassy, private companies such as AECOM, PAE, LINK, MPRI and Ronco as well as Afghan business leaders.

Since its inception in 2006, ATVI has grown to become the largest vocational school in Afghanistan. Its training prepares graduates for employment in sectors of Afghan society where there is a critical shortfall of skilled labor such as construction, agriculture/horticulture, information and communications technology, and automotive systems technology.

"Our curriculum has grown to include not only these fields of study which are essential to build a strong economic infrastructure in Afghanistan, but a major goal of the Institute is to prepare students to excel in areas such as business administration as well," said Mr. A. Huda Farouki, founding member of the Afghan Education Fund, a non-profit DC-based organization, which owns ATVI.

About ATVI:
ATVI (http://www.atvi.edu.af) is a co-educational facility in Kabul, Afghanistan, where students are competitively selected through an examination process for the one-year condensed course. ATVI provides training for male and female students, drawn from Kabul, other major cities, and the rural areas. As a co-educational institution designed to support and educate all potentially productive members of Afghan society, ATVI strives to consistently increase the percentage of female enrollment. Courses are offered in our key training sectors: Automotive Systems Technology, Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Building and Construction Trades, and Horticulture. ATVI faculty and staff are highly qualified; all hold international educations, degrees, and certifications. More than half of the faculty members hold a Master's degree or higher.

In order to build a self-sufficient, income generating institute, ATVI incorporates profit centers as a major component of its operations. These profit centers benefit the Institute, the local community, and the student as they provide the hands-on experience needed to compound and complement the education provided in the classroom. Designed to be mutually beneficial, the profit centers offer students the opportunity to experience and train for their chosen career in a real-life environment, the local community purchasing the service is charged a competitive and affordable fee, and the provided revenue is used to maintain scholarship programs and facility upkeep.

About Afghan Education Fund

The Afghan Education Fund is the parent company of the Afghanistan Technical and Vocational Institute (ATVI). Founded in 2007, it is a DC-based, non-profit organization, which provides financial assistance, through scholarships and grants, to charity-based and educational programs throughout Afghanistan.

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