About a decade ago, the Y.W.C.A. of Madras embarked successfully on an ambitious project to start a Community College. It was the first Community College for the Y.W.C.A. in the whole of India. The aim of the Community College is to impart vocational education to disadvantaged and economically challenged women from the community. Over the last twelve years, the college has helped over one thousand five hundred students find jobs; and meaning in their lives.
Faced with the challenge of skilling millions of youngsters across the nation, community colleges are the need of the hour as they provide education for a livelihood. These institutions are an appropriate response to the challenges of exclusion and elimination from the formal system, mismatch between education and employment capability, poverty, problems of unemployment, under-employment, unemployables and school dropouts.
The Vision and Mission is to empower the underprivileged students with appropriate skills development
- Young girls married/unmarried between the age group of 16-40 years, from families with poor socio economic background, school dropouts, young widows, separated women, divorcees, physically handicapped women, mentally challenged girls, orphaned girls, destitute women, HIV/Aids affected women, tsunami affected women, sanitary workers dependents etc.
Tamil Nadu Open University (TNOU) has given affiliation to run one year Diploma Courses in:
- DTP Operator Course
- Health Assistant Program
- Early Childhood Care and Education
- Multimedia course
Under the Directorate of Employment & Training (DoET): The courses offered are
Certificate Courses: ( 6 Months): Geriatric Nursing
To defray the regular expenses of financially backward students the Y.W.C.A. was looking to large-hearted sponsors for support. At this juncture, the Heart for India Foundation came forward with their helping hands and has provided sponsorship since 2007. The College extends its gratitude to the Heart for India Foundation for their continuous support. Currently, about a hundred and twenty students pass through the portals of the college each year.
From humble beginnings in a garage, the college has now grown into a robust institution. About 1,500 girls and women have successfully completed various courses at the college till now. Building on this strong foundation, the college intends to start 5 new courses, while doubling/increasing the intake of students.
Ways to Volunteer?
- Train them in life coping skills
- Tutor girls in spoken English
- Counsel and listen to their problem and concerns