To ensure that graduates of basic education are ready for employment, entrepreneurship, and higher learning, Talipan National High School (TNHS) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Thai Nguyen University of Technology (TNUT) in Vietnam and TNU- University of Economics and Business Administration (TUEBA) for the TNHS-Senior High School (SHS) work immersion partnership in Thai Nguyen City on March 4 to 6.

TNHS Principal Caridad C. Grimaldo, together with head teachers, Rowena P. Albaran and Edna G. Adel went to Vietnam and sealed its partnership with TNUT represented by its Rector, Associate Professor Dr. Vu Ngoc Pi and TUEBA with its Vice Rector, Associate Professor Dr. Do Anh Tai.

According to Grimaldo, one of the partnerships’ objectives is to develop in the students of the SHS program the knowledge and skills and relevant learning experiences by giving them exposure to the actual work place setting.

“Another goal of this action is to supplement the formal curriculum of the SHS program with special inputs from the Universities’ experts and practitioners in order to align our SHS program with work standards,” said Grimaldo.

“It also aims to narrow the gap between the industry and the academe in terms of practices and training,” she added.

TNHS will soon send selected Grade 12 students from Technical-Vocational-Livelihood (TVL) Track taking Bread and Pastry Production, Food and Beverage Services, and Housekeeping. The school will also deploy students from the Accountancy, Business and Management (ABM), Humanities and Social Sciences (HUMSS) and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) from the Academic Track to learn from the programs provided by the different colleges of the two universities.

“Target nating masimulan ang immersion in November this year. Tatagal ito nang two weeks na bukod sa actual work experience ay may ilang lectures din para sa mga students natin sa TNUT,” Grimaldo explained.

Moreover, the principal said that there will also be a piloting in TUEBA that will last for three weeks after the TNUT work immersion in November.

“We would like to acknowledge all the assistance and encouragement given by our Secretary Leonor Magtolis-Briones, Usec Diosdado San Antonio who gave us the authority to travel, to SDS Merthel M. Evardome, who endorsed the program and to Rejulius M. Villenes, our Senior High School Division Coordinator for the solid support,” said Grimaldo.

Meanwhile, the school administration, SHS Coordinator Sherwin I. Diala and Work Immersion Coordinator Rosemarie B. Nolasco inquired on the possibility of receiving sponsorship for their financially-challenged yet competent learners to avail the program.

“We are looking for benefactors who will shoulder the students’ training expenses. Non-government organizations and companies’ support and participation are welcome to our undertaking,” the coordinators said.

TNHS is with DepEd that for the effective delivery of SHS instruction, there is a need for school-industry partnership that will provide the school the necessary expertise and venue for practical, on-the-job, and enterprise-based training for SHS learners. (Jerwin S. Tierra, Teacher I/ School Paper Adviser, Talipan National High School, Division of Quezon Province)