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INDUSTRY FORUM. Xavier University - Ateneo de Cagayan holds industry forum for partners of the Andrew L Gotianun Sr Center for Integrated Technologies (ALGCIT). Supplied photo.
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Philippines — To strengthen its partnerships with various industries in the region, Xavier University - Ateneo de Cagayan conducted an industry forum earlier this month where opportunities and challenges on technical-vocational education were discussed.
The forum drew together representatives from various industries, from food manufacturing to automobile and power distribution to shipping, to gather their sentiments on how to improve tech-voc education and to foster collaborations with the newest senior high school of Xavier Ateneo — the Andrew L Gotianun Sr Center for Integrated Technologies (ALGCIT).
Among the topics discussed were the industry needs, internship assignments, students’ safety in the workplace, interpersonal communication, labor policies and standards, and opportunities for an enrollment-to-employment program.
Company representatives were also able to share their best practices and strategic plans to help improve the curriculum of ALGCIT and project the demands of industries locally and globally. A representative from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), university administrators, faculty, and staff were also present in the said forum.
“We are grateful to our partners who are here today, for sharing with us your insights, challenges, and opportunities for collaborations,” said ALGCIT director Engr Eliseo Linog.
“We cannot do it on our own. We cannot do it without the industries.”
TECH-VOC EDUCATION. ALGCIT director Engr Eliseo Linog expresses his gratitude on behalf of Xavier Ateneo to the company representatives who attended the industry forum and for sharing their insights and aspirations for tech-voc education in this part of the country. Supplied photo.
An endowment from the Gotianun Foundation, ALGCIT provides full academic and residential scholarships to “competent yet financially-disadvantaged youth.” It aims to champion technical and vocational education, provide profitable employment options or entrepreneurial opportunities for its graduates, and contribute to the country's social and economic growth.
ALGCIT is a highly specialized three-year tech-voc senior high school where the first two years are allotted for academics and coursework, while the third year is primarily for industry internship.
In the face of globalization and the K-12 reform in our country’s educational system, ALGCIT puts its resources into honing the technical skills of the students in four globally in-demand specializations: (1) Automotive Servicing, (2) Computer and Electronics Technology, (3) Energy and Power System, and (4) Mechanical Design and Fabrication.
Xavier Ateneo, through ALGCIT, seeks to respond to the need for a comprehensive program to help tech-voc students acquire skills, knowledge, and character formation that is grounded on Jesuit education, necessary to develop their professional careers.
“There is a gap between the demand and supply of skilled workers (tech-voc graduates) in the labor market, there is a gap between industries and schools,” Linog said.
In closing, he urged the industry partners, “We need to share our experiences and form partnerships to address the concerns in tech-voc and close the gap.”∎
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The Andrew L Gotianun Sr Center for Integrated Technologies (ALGCIT) Senior High School, an endowment from the Andrew L Gotianun Foundation, offers three-year residential Tech-Voc SHS full scholarships to competent yet financially-disadvantaged youth.
The program features (1) quality instruction and learning environment, (2) intensive Jesuit-Atenean formation, and (3) an extended academic, community, and on-the-job experience.
Tuition, matriculation, books, board & lodging, uniforms, and other school fees are all covered by this scholarship.
ALGCIT scholars will be housed in the modern and safe dormitories and hold their classes in a state-of-the-art building situated inside the Manresa complex. Their new campus provides plenty of activities for the scholars while they complete their academic requirements and develop their technical skills.
The applicants can choose from the four ALGCIT Tech-Voc Specializations:
• Automotive Servicing
• Computer and Electronics Technology
• Energy and Power System
• Mechanical Design and Fabrication
The Center has existing partnerships with numerous local and international companies to employ its graduates.
Students who complete this program are also eligible to take the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) National Certificate (NC) examinations for the respective qualifications embedded in each program.
The applicant for an ALGCIT full scholarship must be:
• Currently in Grade 10 or have completed Grade 10 (or the old high school curriculum)• Not more than 18 years old by June 2018
• Maximum annual income for each family member is Php50K (Total yearly income of all working individuals in the family divided by the number of family members)
• Eligible for a DepEd voucher
• Mentally and physically fit to study (PWD students are welcome.)
• No disciplinary cases in previous and/or current school
• Must be able to pay the admission exam fee of Php50.00
• Must pass the XU Admission Exam
• Committed towards the three-year SHS TechVoc program
At the end of the three-year program of boarding school, the students are expected to graduate world-ready, with international standard competencies, and spiritual and social commitment the Ateneo way.
ALGCIT Scholarship Exams for AY2018-2019
Venue: XU Testing Center, XU Main Campus Corrales Avenue, Cagayan de Oro City
Time: 7:30 AM (Please be at the XU Testing Center 30 minutes before the time.)
• Grade 10 ID (Alternative: Old HS diploma, report card, and other related school documents)
• Admission exam fee of Php50.00 (Pay at the XU Finance Office)
• Pencils #2
Testing Dates: January 6, 13, 20, and 27, 2018
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