22 May 2023—Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Chairperson J. Prospero “Popoy” de Vera III and Mabalacat City Mayor Hon. Cris Garbo graced MCC’s “A Celebration of Higher Education”. All inaugurations served as a testament to the college's unwavering dedication to education and its commitment to providing limitless opportunities for the youth and lifelong learners.
A momentous part of the celebration was the inauguration of the MCC Lifelong Learning Center in Sapang Biabas Resettlement. This center will serve as the dedicated training facility for MCC's workforce development programs. By providing specialized training opportunities, the Lifelong Learning Center aims to equip individuals with the skills and knowledge required to excel in the dynamic job market.
MCC President Dr. Michelle Aguilar-Ong highlighted that the MCC Lifelong Learning Center intends to aid the employment of both students and community members of Mabalacat City. “This helps to eradicate poverty in the community,” she added.
The MCC Gym and CHED-MCC Idea Hub were also launched. The MCC Gym intends to support the physical well-being of students while they pursue their academic goals. Additionally, the CHED-MCC Idea Hub provides an innovative space for collaborative thinking and fostering intellectual exploration among students. These new facilities are a testament to MCC's commitment to creating an optimal learning environment for its students.
CHED Chairperson Dr. de Vera commended MCC for its efforts in providing lifelong opportunities for its students and community. “You see a local college really pioneering in many ways. First, making sure they link with industry, they link with local government; second, they develop programs that are conceptualized along lifelong learning; and number three, as you see today there’s a lot of focus on technology mediated learning. I think that sets Mabalacat [City College] different from other local universities and colleges. They are going into areas that many of the local universities in [the] country are not going into”, he said.
MCC and VXI Contact Center Services Certificate Training also held their completion ceremony. Among the present were VXI’s Talent Acquisition Associate Director Mr. Philipp Anthony Buita, Talent Acquisition Manager Ms. Miriam Cabiles, Talent Acquisition Specialist Creatives Team’s Mr. Jens Riel Reyes and Ms. Mariel de Luna, Talent Acquisition Specialist University Relations’ Mr. Sylvester Lei Navarro and Talent Acquisition Associate Leap Team’s Ms. Tyrah Mordeno. This is the first certificate training of MCC and VXI after the MOA signing for Contract Education Programs. The training equips the trainees with the necessary knowledge and skills for their future employment at VXI Global Solutions Contact Center Services.
MCC management and staff also attended the event including VP for Administration and Finance Ms. Happy Pelayo, VP for Global Relations, Opportunities, and Workforce Development Prof. Raymond John D. Vergara, AVP for Student Life Prof. Beejay Sebastian, AVP for Linkages and International Affairs Mr. Kevin Peralta, AVP for Workforce Development Engr. Ken Policarpio, IAS Dean Dr. Marilyn Arcilla, IBCE Dean Dr. Josephine Evangelista, IHTM Dean Ms. Jennyfer Merza, and ITE Representative Mr. Celter Torres. Other distinguished guests were Public Employment Service Office (PESO) OIC Mr. Franco Alejo Madlangbayan, Talent Management Specialist Ms. Karen Cañaveras, Huawei Regional Manager Ms. Paula Tenorio, iEquity Sales Manager Mr. Arnel Manansala and Assistant Sales Manager Ms. Mira Ramos.
Mabalacat City College's successful celebration of Higher Education emphasized the institution’s dedication to providing quality education and creating an environment that encourages holistic development. MCC showcased its commitment to empowering individuals and shaping the future of the nation through education.