CCA named APIEM ‘Cen­ter of Ex­cel­lence’

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AN­GE­LES CITY- The Asia Pa­cific In­sti­tute for Events Man­age­ment (APIEM) has re­cently be­stowed a Cen­ter of Ex­cel­lence (CoE) ac­cred­i­ta­tion to the City Col­lege of An­ge­les (CCA) for its events man­age­ment pro­grams mak­ing it the first part­ner com­mu­nity col­lege in the whole of Asia and the Pa­cific.

APIEM is a United King­dom-based ac­cred­it­ing body that brings to­gether events in­dus­try em­ploy­ers and ed­u­ca­tion providers who are com­mit­ted to es­tab­lish­ing high qual­ity cour­ses for stu­dents

and events pro­fes­sion­als who want to de­velop their skills and abil­i­ties to work in the global events in­dus­try.

The global or­ga­ni­za­tion also pro­vides con­sul­tancy ser­vices to uni­ver­si­ties, col­leges and train­ing providers through­out the Asia Pa­cific re­gion that want to de­velop cur­ric­ula that meet the needs of the events in­dus­try with global stan­dards.

On Septem­ber 6, APIEM con­firmed CCA’s in­ter­na­tional ac­cred­i­ta­tion for the cour­ses Bach­e­lor of Science in Tourism Man­age­ment and Bach­e­lor of Science in Tourism Man­age­ment with spe­cial­iza­tion in MICE (Meet­ing, In­cen­tives, Con­ven­tions, Events) Tourism pro­gram.

The com­mu­nity col­lege was also ac­corded by APIEM with the high­est level of ac­cred­i­ta­tion hav­ing been given a four-star cat­e­go­riza­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to CCA Pres­i­dent Richard Daenos, the col­lege un­der­went stern au­dit­ing pro­ce­dure prior to at­tain­ing the said stature. He also added that the ad­min­is­tra­tion in­cluded MICE as one of the school’s area of spe­cial­iza­tion in or­der to im­prove their cur­ricu­lum.

“We added con­tex­tu­al­iza­tion of how we can bet­ter the cur­ricu­lum and that in­cludes of­fer­ing more cour­ses in events man­age­ment with the con­sid­er­a­tion of hav­ing the ac­cred­i­ta­tion of APIEM”, he said.

CCA was also eval­u­ated un­der APIEM’s rig­or­ous stan­dards for au­dit in the man­age­ment and con­tent of the cur­ricu­lum, teach­ing and learn­ing stan­dards, re­sources and learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment, and wel­fare and stu­dent servi ces.

Var­i­ous events were pre­pared to strengthen CCA’s bid for ac­cred­i­ta­tion. The events stood as doc­u­men­ta­tions of how ev­i­dent CCA is in hav­ing APIEM’s qual­i­fi­ca­tions, for in­stance, the “PAMISANMETUNG: A Spe­cial Trib­ute to the 50 Golden Years of the ASEAN50”.

CCA also in­au­gu­rated in its premises the newly-ren­o­vated Thomas Cook Travel Cen­ter, a multi-faceted space de­signed to con­trib­ute in the ef­fi­cient and ef­fec­tive de­liv­ery of hos­pi­tal­ity and tourism ed­u­ca­tion and skill de­vel­op­ment pro­gram for the stu­dents.

For his part, Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan, who is cur­rently in New York City for the UN Gen­eral As­sem­bly on Habi­tat for Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment, lauded the CCA ad­min­is­tra­tion for its continuous ded­i­ca­tion in de­liv­er­ing high qual­ity but af­ford­able ed­u­ca­tion to the city’s in­di­gent stu­dents.

“I am ec­static that our city col­lege was awarded with a four-star dis­tinc­tion by an in­ter­na­tional in­sti­tu­tion- a first in the whole of Asia Pa­cific. Our very own city col­lege is mak­ing his­tory,” said Pamintuan

“Our gov­ern­ment in ac­cor­dance to our so­cial con­tract, the Con­tract with the An­geleños (CWA), is do­ing its best to pro­duce glob­ally com­pet­i­tive stu­dents who are soon-to-be val­ued con­trib­u­tors of the com­mu­nity,” Pamintuan added.

Fur­ther­more, CCA sees APIEM’s recog­ni­tion as an in­spi­ra­tion to do more and to ex­hibit higher level of ex­cel­lence. There are cur­rently 246 stu­dents en­rolled un­der the said glob­ally-ac­cred­ited pro­grams.— AC-CIO with re­ports from Jiane Carreon

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