STI, manpower firm team up for work-educ program

IT school STI Education Services Group announced on Thursday, Jan. 3, that it has partnered with manpower contractor Nozomi Fortune Services to push an education program that will allow young Filipinos to gain a college degree while working.

Dubbed as “Program for Resurgence of Industrial Development and Excellence” or PRIDE, the initiative grants free collegiate education and work experience to beneficiaries known as “student participant trainees.”

The partnership between STI and Nozomi will allow trainees to enroll in their chosen courses in selected STI campuses nationwide while concurrently working in the accredited business enterprise of Nozomi.

With STI’s network of colleges and education centers in key locations nationwide, college education is now more accessible to Pride trainees, the companies said in a statement.

“We are looking forward to this partnership because this gives us an opportunity to extend our assistance by providing quality education to the underprivileged high school graduates,” STI president Monico V. Jacob said.

“As early as now, we are already geared to support them as they learn how to balance their work, life, and studies. As an educational institution, this joint venture is significant to us because it means being able to help strengthen the workforce and increase the employability and productivity of a person,” Jacob said.

Present during the signing of the MOA were Jacob and Nozomi Fortune Services managing director Alexander S. Arnado, along with other officers from both parties.