This campus serves five provinces: Sacatepéquez, Quetzaltenango, Chimaltenango, Quiché, and Sololá, where six linguistic-ethnic groups reside: Tzutujil, Quiché, Cakchiquel, Ixil, Mam, and Ladino (Spanish speakers). A former military base, the Altiplano campus was leased to UVG in 1999 after its decommissioning, following the peace accords signed in 1996. In the last twenty years, the campus has undergone a remarkable transformation and today educates the local, historically disadvantaged Maya people, offering programs in education, agro-forestry, engineering, tourism, and more. Almost half of students are female.
The campus’s Instituto Tecnológico (ITEC) provides students with the last two years of high school and two years of post-secondary training, similar to a US community college. The ITEC programs are the only schools of their type in Guatemala.
In Guatemala, the majority of public elementary school teachers do not have any post-secondary education. UVG Altiplano offers working teachers a teacher-training curriculum; it’s the only bilingual Mayan/Spanish elementary education program in Central America. Participants devote their Saturdays to study, sometimes walking two hours to get to a highway and then traveling three hours on a bus to campus. They can specialize in various teaching methods: Bilingual Intercultural Education and Math and Computer Science Education are just two available options.
In addition, outreach programs are provided to people in the surrounding communities, including weekend English language courses for high schoolers, best-practice agriculture for farmers, and leadership training for community leaders.
Currently there are 876 students enrolled at the Altiplano Campus.
A gift of $5,437 can fund a full-year scholarship for an undergraduate student at the Altiplano campus.
A gift of $2,395 can fund a full-year scholarship for an Education undergraduate student at the Altiplano campus.
A gift of $3,371 can fund a full-year scholarship for a Technical undergraduate student at the Altiplano campus.
A gift of $2,028 can fund a full-year scholarship for an ITEC (last two years of high school) student at the Altiplano campus.