The Pan American Institute is a fully accredited Mexican technical school. The Institute prepares deprived teenagers for jobs that would otherwise be out of their reach. Currently, the school provides a free secondary education for 75 students from Tijuana. President Juana Santos and most of the teachers are graduates of the Institute. Other teachers work half-days at the school, and in return, are awarded scholarships to continue their education at the University of Tijuana.
The school building has five classrooms, a science laboratory, a library, and an office. Here, the students are taught to read and write English as well as learn basic clerical skills, including bookkeeping, filing, and documentation. They learn how to compute currency in the American money system. There are classes in history and science as well. All of these skills will make employment highly probable upon graduation.