MOVING FORWARD TOGETHER
As I’ve said elsewhere, it is very encouraging to see the Extollo team working together to take advantage of this time to focus on strategic, organization-building initiatives. As you can imagine, the campus closure and shelter-in-place has been very disruptive. Yet, it is providing us with incredible opportunities to work on projects that I am confident will produce dividends for many years to come.
While Extollo’s focus has been entry-level training courses in the construction trades, and small construction projects as our bandwidth allows, we increasingly talk about ourselves as a burgeoning trade school and construction company. We’re not yet an accredited trade school, nor a fully functional construction company, but this is what we aspire to be - and much of our efforts are leading us towards these two main goals. For when we become both we will be substantially more impactful and thus more capable to fully fulfill our mission. Read more...
AN UPDATE FROM HAITI
We are beginning to discuss the practicalities of how to do training classes with physical distancing. We are seeing an even greater demand for our training and exploring how to hold courses on campus in a way that ensures safety of staff and students. Regardless of when we open, we will have solid protocols, including physical distancing, masks, and sterilizing of surfaces.
Aquaponics move to Nearby Community
While the Training Center has been shut down, it has given us the opportunity to move the aquaponics system of tilapia and vegetables to a nearby community with one of our full-time employees. The goal of these systems is for communities to be able to care for and sustain them on their own. Joel is leading this project and we are excited for the expected benefits a system like this will offer his community.
Returns to Extollo
Christie Bierman-Gloster came (back) on board as a contractor to take lead on further developing our Level 2 programming and broader trade school program. The Level 2 programming includes a Learning Agreement template for each of our trade-specific on-the-job trainings. This Learning Agreement outlines what the student can expect from Extollo and the learning experience and what Extollo expects from the students. We are also building out daily student evaluations and procedures/documents to assist the instructors before, during, and after the course. Once the Level 2 programming is finalized, Christie will begin focusing on building a roadmap of action items for what is needed to move towards NCCER accreditation.
Extollo was donated hundreds of masks and face shields to be distributed to five (5) health clinics in the Bercy area. A group of physician friends calling themselves “Mask Task Force” led by Dr. Tiwari, gathered together masks and face shields while Junior liaised with local health care leaders to identify the need for masks and shields. We will be flying the PPE to Haiti via Missionary Flights International and Junior will then distribute the items to the clinics.
JOIN THE CREW
This month we launched The Crew – a community of Extollo champions who commit to donating on a monthly basis. We continue to invite our friends to join this community. If you have any questions about Joining the Crew, we would love to hear from you!