MCAST Foundation College holds graduation ceremonies
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.