EDUCA­TION Ca­reers on skills-based educa­tion now pos­si­ble

Sun.Star Cebu - - BUSINESS - PR

Se­cur­ing a ca­reer in the mod­ern work­place no longer means ac­quir­ing an aca­demic diploma.

Skills-based op­tions, more com­monly known as vo­ca­tional cour­ses, of­fer stu­dents prac­ti­cal skills en­hance­ment and on-the­job train­ing in spe­cific in­dus­tries in real- world sit­u­a­tions. The re­sult: stu­dents are im­mersed and honed much ear­lier in their cho­sen fields, al­low­ing them to join the in­dus­try upon grad­u­a­tion.

Lat­est statis­tics from the Tech­ni­cal Skills De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (TESDA) bode well for stu­dents of skills-based pro­grams.

Ac­cord­ing to TESDA, seven out of 10 grad­u­ates of vo­ca­tional cour­ses eas­ily find jobs, and nine out of 10 em­ploy­ers are sat­is­fied with the per­for­mance of vo­ca­tional school grad­u­ates. This means that ex­plor­ing skills-based educa­tion, over tra­di­tional aca­demic educa­tion, is now a vi­able op­tion.

IThe dif­fer­ent schools un­der the AMA Educa­tion Sys­tem (AMAES), for ex­am­ple, have a wide-range of skills-based of- fer­ings rang­ing from 3-D game de­vel­op­ment to sales chan­nel man­age­ment.

AMAES has in­creased its vo­ca­tional course of­fer­ings across the schools un­der its ban­ner.

“Schools should help ex­pand op­por­tu­ni­ties for stu­dents and not limit them,” says Am­bas­sador Amable R. Aguiluz V, con­sid­ered the fa­ther of IT educa­tion in the Philip­pines and founder of AMAES.

“We be­lieve that learn­ing is life-long and lim­it­less, and of­fer­ing more skills-based cour­ses is our way of giv­ing our stu­dents at AMAES in­sti­tu­tions a wider, more ex­ten­sive arena.”

Cur­rently, AMAES schools of­fer skills-based tracks both for se­nior high school and col­lege level pro­grams. /

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