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PIA Press Release
2007/08/21

TESDA, Microsoft promote student tech-voc skills with HEdStart Lite & IT Academy

Manila (21 August) -- The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and Microsoft Philippines will launch on August 24, 2007 in Makati City, the HEdStart Lite, a program that will enable the implementation of Microsoft's HEdStart curriculum in TESDA institutions nationwide.

HEdStart Philippines seeks to give Filipino students a career advantage by providing practical and real-world Microsoft.NET technology to various institutional partners in the academe. The curriculum and materials for the HEdStart program are given to interested schools for free.

"This initiative is how we, at Microsoft are responding to the growing demand for.NET developers. We are confident that if our schools are able to produce graduates that meet this challenge, companies will hire these students. Microsoft supports the ladderization program of TESDA and CHED. With HEdStart Phils in Higher Ed institutions, TESDA will now have HEdStart Lite," said Michelle Casio, Academic Programs Manager, Microsoft Philippines.

"As TESDA's thrust is on certification and competency, we are also introducing the Microsoft IT Academy to the TVIs. The Microsoft IT Academy program provides schools with the tools and resources to assist instructors in helping students achieve certification," said Casio.

Three pilot TESDA schools have been identified for these programs. These are Asian Institute for Maritime Studies, the CAP College Foundation and Infotech Institute of Arts and Sciences. "We at Pasay-Makati are privileged to be Microsoft's pilot project areas for these programs.

The significance of these programs is that it aligns with our objective to increase competency in TESDA level. Certification proves the level of competency of a graduate", said Director Carlos Flores, TESDA Pasay-Makati District Director.

According to TESDA Director General Augusto Boboy Syjuco, "TESDA is continually looking for ways to boost and mobilize the industry and labor sectors, including the technical-vocational institutions, to develop the country's human resources."

"As we celebrate our thirteenth anniversary, we are pleased to be working with Microsoft Philippines, who shares the same objectives with TESDA," Sec Syjuco added. "HEdStart Lite & IT Academy are programs that will propel our students and graduates to the forefront of the talent pool for software developers."

"With HEdStart, students from universities and colleges are a step ahead in terms of skill and industry knowledge. HEdStart Lite will enable graduates of TESDA schools to develop their own technical skills as well, making them valuable to the industry" said Casio.

The.NET courses of HEdStart were piloted last year in three top universities in the Philippines, namely, the Mapua Institute of Technology (MIT), Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP), and De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB).

The twelve units using.NET technologies were co-developed by the aforementioned schools and the Diliman Computer Science Foundation (DCSF).

This year, HEdStart is set for roll-out to schools interested in training their students on.NET technologies and upgrading their curriculum, so their graduates will be equipped with the technical understanding that is required in the workplace today. (PIA) [top]

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