The folks at Jaltepec Hospitality and Hotel Educational Center are pleased for a number of reasons. First they received matching donations of 10,000 pesos, which came in response to the 'Match the Donation Challenge' issued by Timothy G. Ruff Welch.
The school now has 20,000 pesos and is close to fully funding the last four young women that need financial help to attend the school and achieve their goals.
The school’s most recent newsletter touts the success of two local students who went on to partner with/and create their own businesses. Ajijic native Gloria Rodríguez Villaseñor is now a partner and executive chef at Alex’s Pasta Bar and Sandra Perez Garcia is in her third year of running her successful potato chip business.
2016 has been a very successful year and also a very challenging one at Jaltepec. A major change was the formation of the one year preparatoria (high school) in September 2014. Due to the need to create a firm foundation of education prior to entering the two-year hotel school program, Jaltepec established a one-year intense preparatoria instead of the normal three year high school program. Nine Students enrolled in September 2014, and of those who graduated, eight were accepted in 2015 for the two-year Jaltepec Technical Universario en Hoteleria degree. The challenging news is that the school has more qualified students in need of sponsorship in 2016 than in previous years. At Jaltepec sponsorship programs are very flexible and are designated for those in most need. If you are interested in finding out more, see the organization’s YouTube video: youtube.com/watch?v=pCvJxKckmKQ.