New curriculum merges tech'l and higher ed

June 25, 2006

BAGUIO CITY Students pursuing a degree course can at the same time acquire related technical and vocational skills integrated in the same course.

This was announced by the University of the Cordilleras President Atty. Reynaldo Agranzamendez who hosted over 200 tertiary school officials of the Ilocos and Cordillera regions in launching the Ladderized curriculum last June 14.

The new curriculum to be effective this 2006-2007 was jointly launched at UC Theater by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). A launching at the national level is expected next month in Malacanang.

CHED Commis-sioner Dr. Nona S. Ricafort explained during the launching that the ladderized curriculum assures skills and knowledge competencies of graduates to match national and inter-national work demands.

The new scheme involves accreditation of technical skills training integrated in a degree course that will enable a skilled worker to finish a managerial course or for a freshman to attain skills in the first two years of college which he can use to work while resuming his college course.

Dr. Magdalena Jasmin, Regional Director for CHED in the Cordilleras af-firmed, "The ladderized program is real good news especially for financially-challenged individuals because for the first time in the history of our country, any student who wants to pursue higher education can now do it through technical vocational programs first."

"The program was designed in such a way that every semester, the student enrolled in a 4-year course is able to acquire a certain competency. If he cannot afford to finish the entire degree, he is provided exit points every semester which make him eligible for jobs," she said.

For example, "a student enrolled in first year, first semester of BS Hotel and Restaurant Management qualifies for a certificate in Bar-tending to be issued by TESDA. If he passes, he can work here or ab-road. He can always go back when he has the resources to finish the entire course and meet the requirements for the managerial level", Dr. Jasmin explained.

For its part, UC de-veloped a prototype ladderized curricula for two courses. As a CHED-recognized Center of Development for Ex-cellence, the UC College of Information and Computing Sciences, through Dean Nancy Flores, presented a curriculum for BS Information Tech-nology. Dean Isagani Paddit of the UC College of Hotel and Restaurant Management did the same for BS HRM.

UC as the country's top criminology school will offer ladderized competencies as watchman, traffic man or investigator in the first two to three years of B.S. Criminology. The curriculum integration does not however disrupt the completion of a Criminology degree upon completion of the full course.

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