REPORT #398 September 2000

Produced by the Belize Development Trust

If the USA companies and education facilities can import Indian Programmers and faculty teachers from cheaper India with excellent higher education skills. Then so can Belize! Considering that prices and salaries in India are comparable to that of Belize and possibly a third lower than in Belize, than what they earn in Hyderabad, India, Belize should indeed be able to attract about eight software programmer recent graduates, to jump start our local technological education facilities. Mainland Chinese faculty earn about $800 to $1000 per month, but might have problems with our language, but not India. With two year contracts and the opportunity to turn that into Belizean immigrant status and bring their families to Belize, it may be an attractive proposition? There is a lot of competition for Indian Bachelor Degrees in Computer Science in the news media and advertising over in India from foreign countries, but many of the places do not give them the right to live and become citizens and own land of their own. In that direction, Belize has something special to offer technical people from India. It would be nice to see eight Indian Software Programming specialists with skills to teach C++, Java, SQL and Oracle plus Powerbuilder in Belize.

Even our Belizean/USA Chairperson in Miami Dade Community College in South Florida, the illustrious Belizean family of George Gabb should consider broaching the same subject to his Miami Dade Community College comrades. There being such a difficulty in finding teachers for South Florida and the software industry crying out for trained people. Anybody who can do Oracle and Powerbuilder is in high demand. Before you can do Oracle and Power Builder though, a student has to plow through C++, Java and SQL. Salaries are ranging from $45,000 to $120,000 a year in Dade County. But technical companies in Palm Beach County, Broward County and Miami-Dade County cannot find them either. The MDCC Community College system has just failed it's citizens once again.

What both places need, Belize in Belmopan, Corozal and Orange Walk and over in South Florida, Dade County is an influx of new teaching faculty. So that a one year certification course can be offered, full time, 8 to 5 each day of the week for a whole concentrated year of practical 'hands on' course curriculum, geared to a 95% student PASS graduate rate. There is no excuse in Dade County, people have been asking MDCC for five years, myself asking for three years for them to do this. MDCC Ph'd bureaucrats I have come to the conclusion, are useless in the real working business world, their bureaucracy is too slow.

There is still worldwide a growing need for programmers. The field is changing so fast, that keeping up is very hard. In the USA over a 500,000 programmer jobs are wanting people. This is growing by about 50,000 unclaimed jobs per year.

Here are some Indian URL's to get you bureaucrats in Belize started in your search for sources of teaching faculty. For vocational adult education like this, a Bachelor's is all you need for a teacher. A recent graduate would do.

(jobs for Indian programmers)
(cheaper software programming source, Hyderabad, India)
(software programmer institutes in Hyderabad, India)
(courses in programming )
(online training from India)
( Can Belize catch up to this? )

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