CHED Davao cites TESDA-accredited schools for offering non-degree programs

June 4, 2010 11:49 am 

DAVAO CITY, June 4 – The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) in Davao Region has cited Davao schools accredited by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) where one can take non-degree programs.

CHED Regional Director Edward Aquino said the growing demand for technical manpower overseas, such as Qatar and Norway, students have been encouraged to pursue ladderized vocational and technical courses offered by TESDA.

These non-degree programs, which typically take less than two years to complete, are offered in various TESDA-accredited schools in the city.

Aquino said he does not intend to undermine the value of a four-year degree, but cited the reality that financial trouble can come at any point in time for someone who is studying, or is sending someone to school.

He pointed out the importance of having a "fall back" option in case things do not go as well as expected.

He cited the Philippine College of Technology (PCT) four-year Human Resource Management Program (HRM), whose component semesters have a corresponding TESDA competency exam.

For example, he said PCT's HRM program allocates the first semester for Food and Beverage Service Attendant training, the second semester for Commercial Cooking, third semester for Bartending, and so on. Hence, whatever happens, there is a job waiting.

"If one takes courses that have National Competency (NC) examinations administered by TESDA, he/she can graduate in two-three months and then work right away. Compare that to the four years it takes to get a bachelor's degree," Aquino said. (PNA) FFC/ASA/lvp


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