Center for Associate and Applied Degrees

The Center for Applied Associate Degrees (CAAD) is an academic department of Mabalacat City College that is focused on offering associate and technical-vocational education courses focused on industry-based curriculum.

In contrast to other existing institutes in MCC, this academic department is called a center for it traverses the boundaries of institutes because of its flexible nature, being a multi-disciplinary unit offering service-learning opportunities and facilitating certificate programs.

The establishment of CAAD is MCC’s response to the demand of industries which are becoming more technical in nature on their processes as well as more rigorous and competency based. CAAD will offer students a mechanism to articulate specific industry-recognized skills that will highlight necessary employability skills.

For its first academic year opening, the center targets to accept and accommodate 500 students enrolled in 3 different programs that the center offers.

Leonita M. Jaca, LPT


Licensed Professional Teacher, and a graduate of Bachelor of Mass Communication from the Lyceum of the Philippines University in Manila. She was an active student leader in her college days. Currently, she is having her Master of Education Major in English at Don ...Honorio Ventura State University. She finished her Methods of Teaching at Saint Anthony College of Technology in 2015. Currently, she holds a Training Methodology 1 Certificate and a National TVET Trainer Certificate. She is also a holder of Food and Beverage NCII, Tour Guiding NCII, Housekeeping NCIII, Event Management NCIII, Travel Services NCII, Care Giver NCII and Cookery NCII certificates. She was a former faculty member of Senior High School at Mabalacat City College with various management and industry experience. At present, she is the Director of Center for Applied and Associate Degrees at Mabalacat City College. Read more


The Associate Degree in Computer Technology (ACT) offers a strong foundation to Information Technology that will empower students to become IT professionals well-equipped with skills the industry needs and blend with the industry seamlessly even on the onset of the recent COVID19 pandemic. It features analytical and logical skills backed with solid foundations in current trends and technologies in programming and development that the current and future industry requires.

Career Opportunities for Associate Degree in Computer Technology

  • Technical Support Specialist
  • Web and Applications Developer
  • Database Administrator
  • Systems Administrator
Focal Courses of Associate Degree in Computer Technology
  • Information Technology Essentials
  • Information Assurance and Security
  • Information Management
  • Object-Oriented Programming
  • Networking
  • Platform Technologies
  • System Administration and Maintenance
  • Web Systems and Technologies
  • Multimedia System

The Office Management Services is a 2-Year program with 3 bundled TESDA National Certificates in Bookkeeping NC III, Front Office Services NC II, and Events Management Services NC III. At the end of each semester, students will undergo TESDA Assessment process for them to obtain NC Certificate/ License. With this, the students can immediately seek job opportunities while continuing the rest of the 2-year course until they finish all the three NCs and graduate at MCC.

Book keeping NC III is a short TESDA course that will train you in posting transactions preparing trial balance, preparing final reports, and reviewing internal control system. It consists of competencies that a person must achieve to enable him/her to journalize transactions, post transactions, prepare trial balance, prepare financial reports and review internal control system.

Aside from those mention above, it will also teach you how to:


  • Lead workplace communication
  • Lead small team
  • Develop and practice negotiation skills
  • Use mathematical concepts and techniques
  • Use relevant technologies
  • Apply quality standards
  • Perform computer operations
  • Maintain an effective relationship with clients and customers
  • Manage own performance
  • Journalize transactions
  • Post transactions
  • Prepare trial balances
  • Prepare financial reports
  • Review internal control system

A person who has achieved this Qualification is competent to be:

  • Bookkeeper
  • Accounting Clerk

The EVENTS MANAGEMENT SERVICES NC III consists of competencies that a person must achieve to coordinate events, functions and/or conferences which may be held in conference centers, hotels, motels, restaurants, clubs, resorts and luxury liners. It includes competencies on event planning such as planning and developing an event proposal, concept, and program, selecting a venue and site, and updating event industry knowledge, as well as competencies on on-site event management such as providing onsite management services, managing contractors and updating knowledge on protocol.

The Units of Competency comprising this Qualification include the following:


  • Lead workplace communication
  • Lead small team
  • Develop and practice negotiation skills
  • Use mathematical concepts and techniques
  • Use relevant technologies
  • Roster staff
  • Control and order stock
  • Train small groups
  • Establish and conduct business relationships
  • Provide on-site event management services
  • Manage contractors for indoor events
  • Develop and update knowledge on protocol
A person who has achieved this Qualification is competent to be a:
  • Events Coordinator
  • Conference Coordinator
  • Function Coordinator

The FRONT OFFICE SERVICES NC II Qualification consists of competencies that a person must possess in order to be able to conduct the process of making a reservation, registering and checking-in and checking-out a guest in commercial accommodation establishments.


  • Participate in workplace communication
  • Work in team environment
  • Practice career professionalism
  • Practice occupational health and safety procedures
  • Develop and update industry knowledge
  • Observe workplace hygiene procedures
  • Perform computer operations
  • Perform workplace and safety practices
  • Provide effective customer service
  • Receive and process reservations
  • Operate computerized reservations system
  • Provide accommodation reception services
  • Conduct night audit
  • Provide club reception services
  • Provide concierge and bell services
  • Provide cashiering services
A person who has achieved this Qualification is competent to be a:
  • Front Office Agent

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) was established through the enactment of Republic Act No. 7796 otherwise known as the "Technical Education and Skills Development Act of 1994", which was signed into law by President Fidel V. Ramos on August 25, 1994. This Act aims to encourage the full participation of and mobilize the industry, labor, local government units and technical-vocational institutions in the skills development of the country's human resources.

The merging of the National Manpower and Youth Council (NMYC) of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). The Bureau of Technical and Vocational Education (BTVE) of the Department of Education, Culture and Sports (DECS), and The Apprenticeship Program of the Bureau of Local Employment (BLE) of the DOLE gave birth to TESDA.

The fusion of the above offices was one of the key recommendations of the 1991 Report of the Congressional Commission on Education, which undertook a national review of the state of Philippine education and manpower development. It was meant to reduce overlapping in skills development activities initiated by various public and private sector agencies, and to provide national directions for the country's technical-vocational education and training (TVET) system. Hence, a major thrust of TESDA is the formulation of a comprehensive development plan for middle-level manpower based on the National Technical Education and Skills Development Plan. This plan shall provide for a reformed industry-based training program that includes apprenticeship, dual training system and other similar schemes.

TESDA is mandated to:

  1. Integrate, coordinate and monitor skills development programs;
  2. Restructure efforts to promote and develop middle-level manpower;
  3. Approve skills standards and tests;
  4. Develop an accreditation system for institutions involved in middle-level manpower development;
  5. Fund programs and projects for technical education and skills development; and
  6. Assist trainers training programs.
At the same time, TESDA is expected to:
  1. Devolve training functions to local governments;
  2. Reform the apprenticeship program;
  3. Involve industry/employers in skills training;
  4. Formulate a skills development plan;
  5. Develop and administer training incentives;
  6. Organize skills competitions; and
  7. Manage skills development funds.

Overall, TESDA formulates manpower and skills plans, sets appropriate skills standards and tests, coordinates and monitors manpower policies and programs, and provides policy directions and guidelines for resource allocation for the TVET institutions in both the private and public sectors.

Today, TESDA has evolved into an organization that is responsive, effective and efficient in delivering myriad services to its clients. To accomplish its multi-pronged mission, the TESDA Board has been formulating strategies and programs geared towards yielding the highest impact on manpower development in various areas, industry sectors and institutions.

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