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INFOP introduces its first generation of teachers in technology

Richard Delgado Cascante
Regional Director - Latin America

The National Institute for Professional Training (INFOP) in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, in a strategic alliance with Oracle Academy, recently presented the first generation of teachers trained in the Java programming language during a historic virtual graduation.     This is the first milestone of a partnership signed in February 2020 that aimed to prepare INFOP faculty to teach technology topics using Oracle Academy resources and curriculum, including Java and database programming.

In August 2020, 27 teachers became ready to start delivering computer programming content to INFOP students, after completing 90 hours of virtual training in Java Fundamentals, Java Foundations, and Java Programming, all Oracle Academy curriculum provided free to the faculty. These teachers will now continue their training in other fields of technology such as databases, and then will train other faculty at INFOP.

For Roberto Cardona, Executive Director of INFOP, “The alliance that has been established with a technology giant such as Oracle is one of the actions that meet the objectives for why INFOP was created, under a modernization scheme that has been promoted so that professional technical training in Honduras meets the demands of the 21st century.”

The partnership with Oracle Academy represents a great opportunity for the faculty to obtain the knowledge to teach INFOP students the skills and abilities required by today’s careers. “Java is one of the most popular programming languages, ​​and learning how to program a computer in Java will open many doors to many young people, in companies or as independent application developers,” says Nelly Ivonne Murillo Hernández, an INFOP professor in San Pedro Sula.

Oracle and Oracle Academy are proud to be part of this project to educate and prepare the innovators, leaders, and professionals of the future. Seeking to improve the quality of life for people across the globe like those in this community, and generate better opportunities for all, is not only a commitment, but a mandate. Leandro Ramírez, Oracle Vice President for Central America and the Caribbean, says, “These Oracle Academy trainings are essential to prepare the next generations of young people that will lead the organizations (public or private) of the future, and we have to ensure that we will be led by the best. That is why we prepare faculty for teaching hundreds of young people who already experience the world in a very different way from many of us.”

The first generation of teachers notes that the knowledge they have acquired shows a great commitment to educate future generations. Kristian Alexander Portillo Montiel, INFOP Tegucigalpa Professor, explains: “Learning to program has become a necessity due to the high labor demand. We will foster students to continue expanding their knowledge, guiding them in the field of programming and preparing them for upcoming technological shifts.”

His colleague Dasael Sandoval assures that, “Currently there are many companies and devices that use Java to provide services. This opens up a huge field of opportunity for any student taking this content.”

Learning computer programming entails the development, in a very accelerated way, of other skills that are highly valued in all areas, such as creativity and innovation, the ability to solve problems, critical thinking, teamwork, creation and use of technology. All of these are essential to succeed in the digital world in which we live.

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