Supporting technical education in Northern Mindanao
Photo caption from left to right: Glen Dasig (ACC Executive Director for Sales & Marketing), Jun Francia (ACC Aftersales Director), Bienvenido Santos (ACC Vice Chairman), Fr. Roberto C. Yap SJ (President, Xavier University), Jose Ch. Alvarez (Chairman, ACC and CAC), Maricar Parco (President, ACC) and Ginia Domingo (President, Columbian Auto Car).
Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan, in cooperation with Asian Carmakers Corporation(ACC), the official importer and distributor of BMW cars in the Philippines recently held the inauguration ceremony of the Jose Ch. Alvarez (JCA) Technology Complex.
The 2.3-hectare JCA Technology Complex will be the new home of Xavier University Center for Integrated Technologies (XU-CIT) and is set to be the leading institution for technical education in Northern Mindanao. The PhP72.3-million establishment falls under the partnership that ACC made with Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan to bring BMW’s expertise to the students of Mindanao.
“The JCA Technology Complex was conceived out of the need to respond to today’s competitive labor landscape. We need an institution that will train our students in the latest technologies to become top-level technicians, helping them to be part of a competent labor force both here and abroad. This facility hopes to realize that,” said Mr. Jose Ch. Alvarez, Chairman of ACC and CAC.
The JCA Technology Complex which was built inside the Xavier University will be offering extensive skills development programs and the most advanced technical courses and modules aimed at developing technical skills of deserving Filipino students, training them to become the best technicians in the field of Industrial and Commercial Technologies.
It houses modern technological education facility invested by ACC and features training classrooms, laboratories, and workshops, a canteen, a library, an auditorium, as well as administration offices, and other utilities and services.
The JCA Technology Complex will be leveraging on the advanced technologies and innovations of BMW itself so students are guaranteed to have a first-hand training experience from the industry’s best. It will also feature its latest course offering, the Automotive Technology, where students will have the option to undergo training at different BMW dealerships, and eventually have the opportunity to be absorbed in the company.
ACC, through the support of its regional office, BMW Asia, will also be donating advanced training modules that will be incorporated in the curriculum of the school.
At present, around 600 students are enrolled in XU-CIT, but with the newly constructed JCA Technology Complex, the number of student population is expected to grow more.