MCAST Foun­da­tion Col­lege holds grad­u­a­tion cer­e­monies

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Dur­ing March, MCAST cel­e­brated the suc­cess of 1,121 Foun­da­tion Col­lege stu­dents who suc­cess­fully com­pleted cour­ses up to Level 3. Ten grad­u­a­tion cer­e­monies were held at the MCAST Main Cam­pus and another in the Gozo Cam­pus where stu­dents re­ceived cer­tifi­cates for their achieve­ments.

The Foun­da­tion Col­lege fo­cuses on study pro­grammes up to Level 3, striv­ing to pro­vide the best learn­ing ped­a­go­gies for stu­dents fol­low­ing cour­ses at th­ese lev­els by ad­dress­ing their spe­cific needs and pre­par­ing them for fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion.

The Foun­da­tion Col­lege stu­dents com­pleted cour­ses in var­i­ous ar­eas in­clud­ing ap­plied sci­ence, agribusi­ness, busi­ness man­age­ment, com­mu­nity ser­vices, cre­ative arts, me­chan­i­cal engi­neer­ing, elec­tri­cal and elec­tron­ics engi­neer­ing, build- ing and con­struc­tion engi­neer­ing, mar­itime, ICT as well as the Path­way to In­de­pen­dent Liv­ing.

Last year, the Foun­da­tion Col­lege launched the com­pletely re­vamped Level 3 MCAST cour­ses in Print­ing with 79 stu­dents grad­u­at­ing in th­ese cour­ses this year.

The Foun­da­tion Col­lege has re­vamped and launched a num­ber of study pro­grammes this aca­demic year. The new Level 3 pro­gramme: Diploma in Foun­da­tion Stud­ies for Se­cu­rity, En­force­ment and Pro­tec­tion, has been very pop­u­lar with stu­dents. The aim of this pro­gramme is to give stu­dents, who in­tend to ap­ply for re­cruit­ment train­ing cour­ses in th­ese pro­fes­sions, the op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence what it would be like to train and work in ca­reers re­lated to se­cu­rity, safety, en­force­ment and pro­tec­tion.

The Foun­da­tion Col­lege has also re­vamped a num­ber of cour­ses with the aim of bet­ter equip­ping stu­dents for fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion or em­ploy­ment. One such course is the MCAST Foun­da­tion Cer­tifi­cate in Hor­ti­cul­ture and An­i­mal Care which is a Level 2 pro­gramme com­bin­ing both Hor­ti­cul­ture and An­i­mal Care of­fer­ing stu­dents the pos­si­bil­ity of ac­quir­ing knowl­edge in both ar­eas, thus equip­ping them with wider knowl­edge and en­abling them to make more in­formed choices in their fu­ture ca­reers.

The Foun­da­tion Col­lege has also re­viewed the Level 3 Diploma in the Mar­itime area, the MCAST Diploma in Deck Op­er­a­tions to en­able stu­dents not only to be pre­pared for fur­ther study but also to be equipped with skills needed in the in­dus­try.

This Col­lege has in­creased ap­pren­tice­ship pro­grammes and work ex­po­sure in a num­ber of cour­ses, es­pe­cially at Level 3, so that stu­dents can ex­pe­ri­ence the in­dus­try they en­vis­age them­selves work­ing in. Such ex­pe­ri­ences en­able stu­dents to make more in­formed choices and mo­ti­vate them to per­sist in their stud­ies in or­der to reach their goals.

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