The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) has opened a new training institution, the Cordillera State Institute of Technical Education (CSITE), which aims to offer high-level technical vocational education and training (TVET).
TESDA Deputy Director General for TESD Operations Aniceto D. Bertiz III, together with Baguio Rep. Marquez O. Go, led the inauguration ceremony in Baguio City, Benguet last Sept. 9.
“Through this endeavor, the institution will play a pivotal role in primarily helping students and out-of-school youths and residents from low-income families, including persons with disabilities,” he said in his message.
“[It will make them] become more productive, self-reliant, and to be developed into globally competitive middle-to-high-level skilled labor force to hasten the social and economic development of the entire CAR,” he added.
Under the supervision of TESDA, the CSITE will be the integration of the Baguio City School of Arts and Trades (BCSAT), the Regional and Provincial Training Centers, and other public training institutions in the region.
It shall endeavor to bring about greater industry-academe collaboration and critical partnerships with local and international institutions to forge mutual skills benchmarking standards, program exchange, and internship training to equip graduates with competencies and preferred job access.
CSITE will offer wide array of training and livelihood courses in the areas of agriculture, industrial technology and hard trades, tourism and hospitality, health and well-wellness, business, computer and informational technology, among others.
“This favorable development has come at a very opportune time as we enter the Fourth Industrial Revolution. CSITE will lead to more responsive course offerings and deliver higher level programs,” Bertiz pointed out.
“CSITE is the very first in the Philippines and can be a model to other regions. Truly this feat is remarkable for the region,” he added.
Also present during the event were National Institute for Technical Education and Skills Development Executive Director David Bungallon and TESDA CAR Officer-in-Charge Regional Director Jovencio Ferrer Jr. ###
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