Striving for Most Excellent Vocational College Status


Note:  I am currently enjoying some vacation time in America with my mom in Marshall, IL.  The semester has been crazy-busy, which has made me a bit lax on postings.  Let me update you a bit on some happenings from China, as mentioned in my summer newsletter which just went out yesterday. 

Last October, the Provincial Education Bureau made available to all 3-year vocational institutions in Sichuan Province the ability to apply for Most Excellent Vocational School status. This is the first time such a title has ever been offered to a 3-year college. 

     I learned there were 50 vocational colleges, including ours, that applied.  Out of those, 25 were chosen as possible candidates to receive Most Excellent status.  

     In January, we had a week of experts who came to the college. They walked the campus, talked to students,  inspected classrooms, analyzed our technical training facilities, and reviewed  future building plans which include 2 dormitories, a sports’ complex, another faculty housing residency and 2 more teaching buildings. Before leaving, the inspectors also extensively interviewed our president.  

     In February, it was announced:  15 vocational colleges, including ours, have been selected to complete their future plans in 3-years’ time.  After 3 years, the inspectors will return again to see what changes have taken place and what promised goals have been met.

     That final inspection in 2021, will determine which colleges will achieve Most Excellent Vocational School status for the province.  It will enable the college to receive more government funding, gain the prestige of having higher educational standards and boost enrollment of better educated students.  

The New Male Dormitory:  A Speedy Undertaking

This was posted several days after the ground-breaking for the male dormitory: 100 days to completion on August 30, 2018.

     Due to this announcement, our campus has exploded in ongoing construction projects.  In a 100-day time-frame, the new student dormitory, in front of my apartment building, is almost completed for its August 30 opening.  I’ve been watching it quickly progress since Day 1, which had the giant machinery drilling deep holes for the foundation on a 24-hour basis.  Fortunately for me, I live in the back of the building where the horrendous ruckus was muffled and at some times, barely audibly.  Those in the front apartments, however, were inundated in noise.  Many I talked to were sleep-deprived for an entire week during that initial foundation-setting was happening.  Few ere able to sleep at night or during the day for their noontime naps due to the noise

Bulldozers and drilling machines kept residents awake 24/7 for over a week. So much noise going on in the front of the teachers’ apartment building!

    Construction workers for this project are currently set at 60.  I talked to many of them, some being from Luzhou which allowed them to go home after shifts.  Others were from out-of-town.  The out-of-towners live in housing units which were brought in and  put together in a day.  These line the roadway leading toward the East gate of the school.  

The metal construction barrier was covered in plastic green tarp to make it look more pleasing to the eye. Also added were water misting spray mechanisms along the top which keeps the dust to a minimum.

The worker housing units seen from a distance. My apartment building is to the right, next to the incomplete expressway bridge.

50 days into the building of the new dormitory

The completed circular library, with landscaping still yet to be finished, as you can see on the right.

Here is the construction site, in its early stages, in front of my apartment building to the right.

These single housing units are for the managers and office folk, who have air-conditioning


Also included in the housing units were bathroom facilities and a cooking 1-room building.   When I popped in, the main cook and assistants were busy chopping and preparing the noontime meal, offered free to the workers.  Each received 3,000 yuan (roughly $500) a month to prepare the meals.

       Next to the kitchen area, a covered tarp area (for shade from the sun) was set up  with wooden benches and tables to accommodate those eating. 

Cement, gravel and dirt trucks have been lumbering back and forth continuously from the site in front of my building.  These same vehicles have also been hauling their loads to and from the sports field where the swimming pool and indoor sports’ stadium have already being started.   That project will take much longer than a 100-day period and I expect it’ll be completed in a year.

The sports’ stadium and pool, as you can see from the picture, will take a bit longer than 100 days.

I’ve also noticed landscaping of neglected, weedy lawns is likewise being dealt with.    Yes, it’ll be noisy, dusty and busy with so much labor-intensive building going on these next 2 years but, hopefully, it’ll all be worth it.

I expect when I return in a few weeks, I’ll see great progress in what’s been going on.  We shall see!


About connieinchina

I have been in the Asia region for 30 years as an English language teacher. 28 of those have been spent with the Amity Foundation, a Chinese NGO that works in all areas of development for the Chinese people. Amity teachers are placed at small colleges throughout China as instructors of English language majors in the education field. In other words, my students will one day be English teachers themselves in their small villages or towns once they graduate. Currently, this is my 13th year in Luzhou Vocational and Technical College. The college is located in Luzhou city (loo-joe), Sichuan Province, a metropolis of 5 million people located next to the Yangtze River .
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1 Response to Striving for Most Excellent Vocational College Status

  1. Sharon White says:

    Thanks for all the updates on all the excellent work!

    Sent from my iPad


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