Supplying the right grads

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Friday, April 11, 2014


WITH the continuing growth in the information and communications technologies (ICT) sector not only in the region but in the country as well, it is certain that there is a need to address the labor market needs to supply the growth of this booming sector.

And no other institute has been more committed to addressing this need than the Jobs Academy.

Jobs Academy, which started as a technical-vocational academy on July 1, 2009 and was later accredited by the Commission on Higher Education, has been driven to deliver the necessary education to ensure that its graduates will be equipped with the right skills and attitude to become contributing individuals in the ICT sector.

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President of the Jobs Academy Belinda Laya-Torres acknowledged the potential of students these days due to their vision and creativity.

Thus, Jobs Academy's role is to harness their potential and develop it through their specialized courses and innovative education system.

Torres said the academy offers various specialized courses in Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BS-IT) which include software development, game development, service management and network engineering. They also have the diploma in multimedia design and animation and Programming Technology and Hardware Servicing. But apart from their IT programs, they also have a business administration course major in marketing management as well as a diploma course in events management.

"IT has a very wide scope and here in Jobs Academy, we have broadened the scope and have made programs that are focused on the different aspects of IT. As much as possible, we want our graduates to avoid becoming a jack of all trades but a master of none," Torres said.

Their education system, meanwhile, is more inclined on the outcome and competency-based system wherein the goal is to enrich the students with the necessary skills to become more proficient in the trade. The system is also student-centered where students have the freedom to choose the mode of education they prefer.

However, since Jobs Academy has only been operational for less than five years, they have produced more than 30 graduates. But Torres is proud to say that, if not all, most of their graduates are employed and are not experiencing jobs mismatch as their jobs are aligned with their profession.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on April 11, 2014.

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