6 pilot courses

THE City College of Davao (CCD) will soon offer six courses at the start of the new academic year.

CCD ordinance technical working group head Wenefredo Cagape said the city college will be offering the following courses in July this year: Bachelor of Special Needs Education (BSNEd), Bachelor of Technical-Vocational Teacher Education (BTVTEd), Bachelor of Physical Education (BPEd), Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship, Bachelor of Arts in English, and Bachelor of Arts in Filipino.

BPEd will also be offered during summer class.

BSNEd will offer major in Generalist and specializations in Early Childhood Education and Teaching Learners with Visual Impairment.

BTVTEd, meanwhile, will offer major in Electronics Technology; Electrical Technology; Welding and Fabrication Technology; Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning Technology; Food and Service Management; Beauty Care and Wellness; Animation; Computer Hardware Servicing; and Computer Programming.

"These are all programs approved by Ched (Commission on Higher Education) for the meantime," Cagape said on Wednesday, January 15, during the 19th City Council Media Briefing at the Sangguniang Panlungsod.

He said they target some 1,000 enrollees for the city-legislated college in 2020 to 2021 but expecting an increase of at least five-percent or above yearly.

Cagape said beneficiaries of the city college will be students belonging to the marginalized sector.

He added these include indigenous peoples (IP) students, Alternative Learning System (ALS) students, and those enrolled in the Late Afternoon Program (LAP).

LAP is a city government subsidized program, which offers scholarship to students working on daytime.

Prior to the passage of the ordinance on Tuesday, January 14, Cagape said they already conducted an enrollment screening to students last year.

"(The) City college aims to serve underserved, marginalized sector, and those in the disadvantaged situation. They will be prioritized in the free tertiary education," he said.

Cagape, also a principal of the Davao City National High School (DCNHS), said the CCD was originally intended to be established within the DCNHS compound, however, Ched disallowed the proposal, stating that it must have a separate property.

He also said CCD's permanent location is still being scouted by the city government and it will temporarily occupy the ALS building at Pelayo Street.

Meanwhile, Ched will be fully-subsidizing the operation of CCD once it will be relocated to its permanent location.

"For the meantime, it will be the city government who will subsidize the school funding," Cagape said, adding they can also subsidize the student's allowance and other miscellaneous expenses.


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