Sapir Mechina Pre-Academic Preparatory Program: Access to Success
Education is the best tool for economic and social mobility. Sapir's Mechina Pre-Academic Preparatory Program founded in 1982, was established under the auspices of Ministries of Education and Defense and the IDF Soldiers Relief Fund. The majority of the program's students are IDF veterans and reserve soldiers.
Over the past four decades, thousands of Mechina alumni have advanced to high-level education and professional training for meaningful and rewarding employment. We have developed unique study methods and provide customized programs that meet students' needs. Most of the Mechina graduates continue their studies at Sapir College.
The Helmsley Mechina Pre Academy Complex
Sapir's Mechina Complex was built in 1984 to serve recently discharged IDF soldiers. The building no longer met Israel's updated accessibility codes, had limited space and unsuitable conditions. The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust’s generous support is funding the renovation and construction of the Mechina buildings. Now close to completion, the beautifully designed Helmsley Mechina Pre Academy Complex will provide three buildings, that will offer the best in inclusive and accessible classroom experiences.
The Mechina's has been expanded to operate the Sapir's pre and non-academic programs on campus, to enable young Israeli adults–access–to the best classroom experiences together with the skills needed, to prepare for college education and professional development, fulfilling their dreams for a better life.
Helmsley Mechina Complex Building
(rendering above by Zarta Architects)
Mechina Pre-Academy Programs, include:
Mechina Programs for Humanities and Sciences: Two tracks that provide preparation for college education. Successful participants gain a "Mechina Certificate", as an alternative to the matriculation certificate (Bagrut), accepted by Sapir and other public colleges.
Pre-Academy Program for Arab-Bedouin Students: This track focuses on bridging the gaps that many of the College’s Arab-Bedouin students experience in Hebrew, math, and English proficiency.
Shahaf (Seagull) Program: A unique pre-academic program for IDF veterans from the Arab-Bedouin Community.
Mechina for 30+: Offers an opportunity for mature students to advance to higher education.
High School Equivalency Certificate: Provides students with a "Gmar" (completion) diploma, the Israeli equivalent to a GED. One track is the ‘MiSheli’ program, which offers local at-risk young women specialized GED training, providing a pathway to pursue better jobs and training courses.
Introductions to Mathematics: Preparatory math courses for the College’s Logistics, Industrial Management, Technological Marketing, Human Resource Management and Public Administration & Policy Departments.
Technology and Computer Support Course: This new course offers students the knowledge and assistance required to access and utilize online resources.
English Language Courses: Admissions to Israeli higher education and vocational programs require a basic level of English. These courses offer pre-academic and vocational English instruction, enabling participants to register for higher and further education tracks.
Student Resources and Counseling Center: Established in association with Israel's National Insurance Institute, it designs solutions for Mechina participants that have disabilities and/or learning disorders. In addition, it provides specialized programs for students that Hebrew is not their first language.