January 2017

Ground Breaking Library & High School Building

The VMA Global College and Training Centers Inc. held the blessing and groundbreaking of its P50-million state-of-the-art facilities, Friday, in their campus in Bgry. Sum-ag, Bacolod City.

Blessed and opened were the P20 million simulator, reportedly the first in the Negros Island Region, and its building that looks like a ship, and the groundbreaking of the school's P30 million ASEAN Learning Center.

VMA president , John Orola, said the simulator ushers the students to a new technology in the area of maritime studies. Students will now have a realistic encounter in terms of ship's function most especially on maneuvering it, he added.

The simulator building contains five stations each with the latest software technology. “We are steering the institution to become the maritime school in the in region while meeting the challenges of time that will help the provincial and national economy; students will witness the kind of teaching that would meet international requirements”, Orola said.

He said the 2-storey ASEAN Learning Center will house a library, a cyber library, language and arts and audio-visual facilities. The centre's name was derived in honor of the Association of South East Asian nations, which will have its summit this year in the country and Bacolod City is one of the venues, he added.

Orolasaid that, like the Americans who have immersed their people and students through education on amity of states of the USA and the economic unity of the European Union, we Filipinos could also start build strong relationship with our ASEAN neighbors by studying their cultural and economic features.

Aside from the simulator and the Asean Learning Center, Orola also revealed other pipelined program under the school's modernization and expansion program which started 5 years ago such as the acquisition of a big vessel by the OroPhil Shipping Management, VMA's sister company, this year as training ship for graduating students.

“With the coming in of the big vessel, we can accommodate 70 percent of our graduating students for their training”, he said. VMA used to accommodate 30 to 40 percent of their students for their actual on-the-ship training, he said.

Also, underway is the planned ship yard for building and repair to be put in other area plus an aviation school. The institution have forged a contract to partner other maritime schools in Panay and Mindanao for their students to get in and trained in their modern facilities.

“Aside from the existing courses that we offer and the additional Tesda registered program, we also have a K12 program and soon will be offering courses in Criminology and Agricultural Technology”, Orola added.*


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