KIMS offers training to Kandahar citizens in the following areas:
English and Communications – Instruction in English remains the core component of any student’s training at the KIMS. Many students elect to take an introductory English course in tandem with computer training. The professional English courses at KIMS include Enhanced English Vocabulary, where students are given the skills to participate in NGOs and civil society, particularly groups who interact with international organizations. Courses in Advanced Communications and language training also integrates debates and critical thinking skills, fostering a stronger sense of democratic citizenship among students.
Information and Communication Technology – Training offers basic introduction to computers as well as higher-level instruction aimed at professional skills development. Classes are offered in connection with training in English to enhance the ability of students to comprehend software essentials. Students come away from these courses with vital skills such as technological competence and online communication, which are all vital to securing worthwhile employment opportunities. Courses in hardware, networking and advanced software programs form the high end of professional skills development at the school.
Business Management – Lessons offered as part of the the Business program have included General Management, Human Resources and Introduction to Project Management, among others. Currently, a group of thirty-two students at KIMS are enrolled in the Business Management certificate program offered by the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), which students can take online. The co-operation of SAIT allows students in Kandahar to secure higher paid employment in as little as one course. KIMS is currently one of the only institutions in the region that offers training in business management skills.
Although the school only began operations in January 2007, the monthly salaries of KIMS graduates already generates more than 20 times the cost of operating KIMS. The employment obtained by our current and former students allow them to improve the quality of life for themselves, their families and their community, and further contribute to the ongoing development and economic growth of Afghanistan. Women in the community not enrolled at KIMS also have the opportunity to go online at no cost through the Internet-enabled computer lab.
By providing valuable training to a large number of students, KIMS also increases the number of trained graduates, thereby reducing the cost of labour for Afghan businesses and international organizations in Kandahar.