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PIA Press Release
Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Balagtas improved education-to-employment scheme

by Jose Mari M. Garcia

CITY OF MALOLOS, Bulacan, Jan. 18 (PIA) -- Gunning to bolster its education-to-employment strategy, Balagtas town is building up four-year and short courses in the Balagtas Technical Vocational College (BTVC)-Castro Campus.

Full operation of BTVC is expected to be completed this year as four-year, technical and short courses are being lined up and public announcements are circulated in the town to encourage students to sign up, Balagtas town said in a statement.

BTVC administrator Julian Canonoy said the construction of school buildings is still ongoing after three classrooms were inaugurated and 10 computer sets were donated last year in the campus located at Barangay Pulong Gubat.

A municipal resolution was also passed asking the Bulacan Agricultural State College in San Ildefonso town to aid BTVC in offering four-year courses. The courses targeted to be offered in the college include BS Agriculture, Industrial Technology, Animal Husbandry, Business Administration and Hotel and Restaurant Management among others.

The Public Employment Service Office will help students to land a job after graduating in technical courses in BTVC like PC Hardware Servicing, Food Processing and Garments Technology.

Short courses which can be taken for only 15 days will also be offered such as Computer Science, Computer Technician, Computer Secretarial, AutoCAD with Drafting, Computer Programming, English Proficiency, Driving with Troubleshooting, Welding, Dress Making, Animal Health Care Technician and Cosmetology.

Mayor Romy Castro said students who will take up technical courses in BTVC will enjoy free tuition fee and will pay only P400 for their uniform and school I.D.

“Education is one of my priorities because I believe that this will be a strong foundation for our youth to reach what they dream of and what they aspire for in life,” said Castro in Filipino.

Scholarship grants would also be given to selected students under the Project ROMY, which is an acronym for “Responsibilidad at Obligasyon ang mga Mag-aaral na Yaman ng bayan.”

Since 2007, over 200 students have received educational grants and graduated.

Councilor Ian De Guzman, Committee on Education chair, said the scholars received P1,500 up to P5,000 a year depending on their educational level. (WLB/JMG/PIA 3)

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