Technological Institute of the Philippines

T.I.P. renews partnership with USAID STRIDE to grow Career Centers in Philippines

(from left) Dr. Frank Alejandrino, T.I.P. Career Center Director; Dominic Barnachea, STRIDE Institutionalization Manager; Dr. Richard Abendan, STRIDE Chief of Party; Dr. Elizabeth Quirino-Lahoz, T.I.P. President; Dr. Jeffrey Garis, STRIDE Career Center Consultant; and Dr. Cynthia Llanes, T.I.P. Quezon City Vice President for Academic Affairs during the MOU Signing Ceremony on May 16, 2019.

The Technological Institute of the Philippines (T.I.P.) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Science, Technology, Research and Innovation for Development (STRIDE) Program that recognizes T.I.P. as a model Career Center in the Philippines, and as a primary partner in growing Career Centers in higher education institutions throughout the country. The MOU signing was conducted alongside the field visit of various Luzon-based college employment and scholarship cohorts to the T.I.P. Quezon City Career Center last May 16, 2019.

Specifically, the MOU paves the way for T.I.P. and USAID STRIDE to conduct more capacity building and other ventures such as training programs, benchmarking visits, and stakeholder networking events. T.I.P. Career Center Director Dr. Frank Alejandrino was also identified as one of the career services consultants for these capacity building activities.

The T.I.P. Career Center in its Manila and Quezon City campuses is one of only three career centers supported by USAID STRIDE in the Philippines. As a model Philippine Career Center, it serves as an all-in-one hub that facilitates alumni relations, student internships, industry linkages, scholarship programs, career guidance, and other activities that aim to make students career-ready by the time they graduate. The Career Center also provides a venue for deeper engagement between T.I.P. and companies, allowing T.I.P., its students, and its graduates to remain in sync with the ever-changing demands of industry. It was patterned after Career Centers found in the United States of America, including Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley.

“With the Career Center’s strong industry linkages, it became easier for our students to land on-the-job trainings, internships, cadetships, and eventually, employment,” said T.I.P. President Dr. Elizabeth Quirino-Lahoz. To date, the T.I.P. Career Center has documented an employment rate of 92.5% for both T.I.P. Manila and T.I.P. Quezon City, with graduates getting jobs aligned with their degree programs within a year for non-board programs and within two years for programs with licensure examinations.

Present during the MOU signing ceremony were Dr. Richard Abendan, STRIDE Chief of Party; Dr. Jeffrey Garis, STRIDE Career Center Consultant; Dominic Barnachea, STRIDE Institutionalization Manager; Dr. Elizabeth Quirino-Lahoz, T.I.P. President; Dr. Cynthia Llanes, T.I.P. Quezon City Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Dr. Frank Alejandrino, T.I.P. Career Center Director.