FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do students enroll in a Level 1 class?
After hearing about an upcoming class at our Bercy or Port-au-Prince campus through a newsletter, email, our website, or word of mouth, a student may attend a registration session to enroll in the class. Many come on their own from local communities, while some are sent on behalf of their business or organization. Each student is tested on their reading, math and problem solving skills. Students are selected based on their potential to successfully complete - and therefore fully benefit from - the class.
Do they stay on site? If not, do you provide lodging for them?
Students are responsible for their own lodging. If they cannot travel home each day, they need to find lodging nearby. We can help recommend a few options.
How long are the classes?
Level 1 classes cover 40 hours of education per week, taught 7:30 am - 4:00 pm daily, Monday - Friday. Each Level 1 class is an intensive educational experience spanning 80 hours of instruction taught over two (2) weeks.
How do you determine tuition costs?
Our tuition fees reflect the high-quality materials and state-of-the-art equipment we use in our programs, our custom curriculum offered in Haitian Creole, and the investment we make in our trainers through mentoring and on-the-job training. We also have a dedicated administrative staff that ensures our operations run smoothly. Please note: Extollo significantly subsidizes its training programs, even at the current tuition rates, to help offset the high cost of construction equipment and materials, instructors, curriculum, on-going development, and administration.
Do the students pay for the classes?
Yes, students are responsible to pay tuition prior to starting the class. Many students are sponsored by their sending organization. There are a limited number of scholarships available for those who are not sponsored / sent by an organization and have demonstrated need.
How many students are in your classes?
Space is limited to help ensure the quality of education. Most classes range from 10-15 students.
Do you offer private classes?
Yes. We offer private classes to businesses and organizations interested in sponsoring an entire student group of 10 or more students. Find out more here.
What are the benefits of private training?
Booking a private class for 10 or more students allows you to select a time for training that meets your schedule needs and allows your students to learn together in an intentional community setting. In order to further help organizations provide Extollo’s training to their people, we offer a 20% discount when arranging more than one class.
How are classes taught?
Coursework alternates between classroom instruction and hands-on learning, progressing from simple to more complex material and skills development through the two weeks. Extollo uses high quality materials and state-of-the-art equipment to provide training that meets requirements on a US job site. 85% of class time is practical instruction, using individual work stations that promote strong skills development through repetition. Students benefit from the advanced experience of our Haitian trainers who also work at Extollo’s construction company.
What does a typical day look like?
Students arrive on campus at 7:30 am and start their day with devotional studies as part of character development. Next they learn fundamentals of the trade in the classroom which includes safety, math and tools selection before moving onto more advanced subjects. At noon, they break for a hot lunch provided by Extollo. Afternoons are spent doing practical exercises, gaining repetitive, hands-on experience in building and installing the materials and components of their trade. Often this work happens on training walls which offer a true-to-life application. The day wraps at 4:00 pm with follow-up questions and a recap of what they’ve learned.
Do you employ students after they graduate?
A few top students each year are invited to join Extollo’s Practicum Program for on-the-job training. However, this program cannot accommodate all students who graduate. We encourage sponsors to help their students network and seek out apprenticeship opportunities at their organization and in their own communities. Through the Alumni Association, we can help prepare a student for a job opportunity with resume, portfolio, and interviewing support.
Do you help students find jobs after they graduate?
We track all graduates through our Alumni Association, and provide them with networking opportunities with others in the construction industry. On average we hire about 20% of our Level 1 graduates for various projects to help further their education and provide them with income as they continue to practice their trade. We also serve as a network of construction professionals and our graduate's contact information is shared with other businesses and organizations who are looking to employ quality construction workers.
What is the purpose of the Alumni Association and who can join?
Anyone who has passed a level 1 training class is invited to join the Extollo Alumni Association by completing a short application. The Alumni Association was formed to support graduates in finding job opportunities through mentorship, events, job search training, tools support and micro financing. Contact the Extollo Training Center at (509) 3264 0717 to apply.
How are you funded?
Currently, the majority of our operating capital comes from Extollo International. As we continue to grow we will use revenue from our construction business to re-invest into the trade school, helping to increase the number of students that can participate in our training programs.
What is your next project?
One of our next main objectives is to continue to develop more curriculum (such as finance and management) into a program that can expand the depth of education our students receive.
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