CALOOCAN CITY, Sept. 23 (PIA) -- The Universidad de Manila will officially launch this October the Center for Micro-Credentialing and Industry Training (CMCIT), the university's technical and vocational education and training (TVET) program.
University President Malou Tiquia said UDM is the only TESDA accredited educational institution in the City of Manila that offers technical-vocational programs for Manilenos and non-Manilenos as well.
Tiquia said, UDM wanted to strengthen the technical offerings of the University in order to help Manilenos, businesses needing national certification for their employees and returning OFWs who were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Filipinos should look at technical skills more because we have so many returning OFWs without formal training but have excellent skill set that only needs national certification. We have individuals trained on the job without academic degrees that only need certification to be hired internationally. We should not be ashamed of blue-collar work," Tiquia said.
She said, the shortage in technical skills in the country may also be rooted on socio-cultural reasons, wherein Filipinos are "obsessed" with college diplomas that led to tech-voc programs are being belittled.
"Our educational system should learn more about the European model, where there are excellent technical schools. The bias against blue-collar work will have to stop, and we can only do that with prestigious tech-voc programs," Tiquia explained.
Dr. Ronald A. Herrera, UDM's Vice President for Academic Affairs, also said that they will seek the approval of TESDA for accreditation so they can assist the needs of industry partners:
"We will seek the approval of TESDA in the accreditation of our students so that we can also do the same for industry partners."
UDM's CMCIT is headed by Engr. Picasso F. Dela Cruz who has 22 years of professional experience in technical education. Courses to be offered by CMIT are the following: 2D Animation, 3D Game Art Development, Bread and Pastry Production, Wood Technology, Programming, Photography SLR and Mobile, Graphic Design, Android app Development, Bookkeeping, Web Developer, Welding, among others. (MPIO/PIA-NCR)