Hi-tech Ivy League-style college to open to Cavite

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[/caption] South Forbes City College (SFCC), which is located in Silang, Cavite, is the brainchild of IT entrepreneur Ramon Garcia Jr., who is pouring about P200 million to power the school with cutting-edge technologies. Garcia, who is also the man behind listed technology firm DFNN, said in a recent press briefing said the school will feature an expansive nature park campus with school-wide high-speed Internet access, modern air-conditioned classrooms and amenities, and outdoor areas reminiscent of Ivy League schools. SFCC is the second venture in the education sector of Garcia, who also co-founded and oversees of Global City Innovative College (GCIC) in Taguig City. Garcia said the degree courses that will be offered starting June 2012 are Business Administration, Hotel Restaurant Management, and Tourism Management. Told that these were the same courses that have been ?banned? by the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd), Garcia explained that their offering have been ?enhanced?, so much so that they are no longer the same ?banned? courses although they still carry the same degree title. Garcia also said SFCC won?t be offering IT courses for this year as they have not secured the permit yet from CHEd. But like its other courses, the IT degrees will also be tweaked to make it unique from other schools. ?Our partnership with Cathay Land – South Forbes Golf City is of critical importance, as it allows SFCC room to expand the courses since our facilities exist in a sprawling campus-type environment,? said Garcia. Garcia said the school?s location in the Silang?Santa Rosa area can prompt one to may analogies with Stanford University and Palo Alto or Harvard University and Boston where industrial and educational institutions coexist to provide a lifestyle that is no longer available in a tight city environment. ?Manufacturing, BPO, and tourism is all within 30 minutes of the area and coincidentally, these are the industries that the first three courses in SFCC will cater to,? said Garcia. SFCC also has a 10-year plan for its IT infrastructure that will eventually include networks, content delivery, laboratories and case studies in a practical environment with class-leading industry participants. ?The courses are designed in such a way that theory and application are equally prioritized. We want to prepare our students for the real world, not a gilded theoretical environment,? added Garcia. SFCC has forged partnerships with domestic and international companies from the IT, BPO, and hotel and leisure industries so that internships are guaranteed for SFCC graduates. Aside from these traditional courses, SFCC will eventually offer aviation engineering specialty training courses through its tie-ups with major aviation and aerospace companies. ]]>

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