KTC offers a variety of courses which include beauty therapy, welding, chef training, office administration and home-based care.
The school is situated at Montana Primary School in Netreg and offers students young and old a new lease on life.
Mom of four, Latasha Smith, says after giving up drugs, she initially wanted to study home-based caring, but was too late, and enrolled in the Sparks parenting skills programme instead.
This, she says, changed her life.
“I started smoking dagga when I was ten. From there I moved on to mandrax, cocaine and tik,” she says.
“I had all my children through that. I only thought of myself and my needs. Not even my children mattered to me. Last year I saw what my cousin’s drug habit was doing to the family and I saw myself through their eyes for the first time.
“I asked God to send me something anything and that’s when I found KTC.”
This year, she started the beauty therapy training and is even making money by getting customers in her community.
She does massages, manicures, pedicures and acrylic and gel nails.
Director Maureen Roberts says the college is open to anyone and no qualifications are needed.
“Our students come from all over the province and are all from disadvantaged communities. The key is to train them to step out into the world and be able to stand on their own, to start their own businesses and make Kolping proud,” Roberts says.
She says they currently have 40 students and have helped over 2000 mense since the college opened in 2004.