City college classes start on June 18Posted by Vic on 2012-06-05 00:00:48 MDT
ANGELES CITY – A total of 400 student-Angeleños will troop to the temporary campus site of the City College of Angeles (CCA) on June 18 for the first semester of academic year 2012-2013.
Averell Laquindanum, president of the CCA, said that they are making the final preparations for the first day of school at the Angeles City Library, where the college will temporarily be housed.
The city library currently has 4 lecture rooms where the first batch of students can have their classes.
Laquindanum confirmed that they have come up with a scheduling plan this semester to accommodate all the students of the college.
“There will be a total of ten block sections that will take up classes in the morning, afternoon and until 9:00 o’clock in the evening,” he said.
Campus facilities and administrative offices
Apart from the classrooms, the temporary campus site has also different facilities for the students to use which will supplement their studies and specific courses.
“This includes our computer laboratory, the library, speech laboratory and a tourism promotion & tour guiding laboratory that resembles a front desk as seen in different hotels, functions and establishments,” Laquindanum added.
“These facilities guarantee our students’ employability even after the 1st semester, where they can acquire a certification from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) stating that they have undergone the appropriate training and are equipped with the core competencies which will match the needs of the community – more specifically the locators in Clark,” he explained.
The temporary site also holds several essential administrative offices such as a dean’s office, registrar’s office, office of the prefect of discipline, faculty lounge, office of student affairs, and dental & medical clinic, among others.
Upon its inception, the City College of Angeles has received much praise and support from various educational authorities and organizations, including the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).
Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan, who also acts as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the CCA confirms that the college won’t compete with the different educational institutions and universities in the city.
“The city college will offer different programs and alternative courses which will specifically target the immediate needs of the community,” Pamintuan said.
He added that, next year, they expect that the college would admit 1,400 students in the three-storey building located at Barangay Pampang.
“There are high expectations for our city college, and the administration is truly looking forward in fulfilling the dreams of many Angeleños who deserve to finish their education. For those who are not capable of doing so, due to financial constraints – the CCA will see them through,” Pamintuan said.
Laquindanum said that, apart from the classrooms, the public college campus will also have a library area, a 2,000-person-capacity covered court, speech & computer laboratories and proposed hotel rooms for tourism-related course purposes.
Currently, the college offers 3 associate degree courses in Computer Science, Information Systems and Tourism Management plus a diploma course in Contact Centers.
“With the ladderized scheme of the associate courses, they can choose to continue their education to Bachelor of Science (BS) programs which will soon be a part of the school’s course offerings,” Laquindanum added.
The proposed additional 7 degree programs for the next school year are: BS in Computer Science, BS in Information Systems, BS in Tourism Management, Bachelor of Library and Information Science, BS in Sports Management, BS in Entrepreneurship and Bachelor of Teaching Technology for the K-12 educational program.