Mapúa Malayan Digital College levels up its IT Program for Working Students by Integrating Business with IT education

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Mapúa Malayan Digital College (MMDC), the premier digital-first college in the Philippines with a core focus on the application of technology in business under Mapúa Malayan Colleges Laguna, has leveled up its IT degree program to provide progressive training in line with the demands of today’s professional landscape. Launched in an event held in Rockwell, Makati, MMDC’s new IT program now features two tracks, each with their own range of specializations.

Traditional education models have inherent limitations. Lengthy lectures and extensive reading assignments often lead to disengagement among students, resulting in limited effectiveness in adequately preparing learners for their desired careers. This is particularly challenging for working students who aim to finish their college education but are unable to adhere to traditional models.

In dynamic fields such as Information Technology (IT), the inadequacies of traditional educational systems are glaring. With technology evolving at a rapid pace, skills and knowledge acquired can swiftly become obsolete. Moreover, the increasing prevalence of Artificial Intelligence and machine learning in the workforce underscores the urgency for IT learners to remain competitive in the long run, given the ongoing integration of businesses and technology.

Empowering College Education

Learners under the Development-focused IT program can choose between earning degrees in either Software Development or Network & Cybersecurity. On the other hand, the Business-focused IT Program offers three specializations focused on the strategic application of technology in businesses across various sectors – Marketing Technology, Entrepreneurship Technology, and Data Analytics.

“In this digital age, businesses are harnessing technology to make better decisions and market products and services at a faster pace and in more personalized ways,” said Engr. Dennis Tablate, Executive Director at Mapúa Malayan Digital College. “Our leveled-up IT program equips students with the technical and soft skills to leverage today’s entrepreneurship, marketing, and data analytics tools,  opening them up to more avenues where they can establish and build thriving careers locally and globally.”  

Digital Education, Real-World Experience

To help prepare students for the real world, Mapúa Malayan Digital College’s unique Projects, Problems, and Cases (PPC) learning model emphasizes hands-on experiences, problem-solving, and analysis of local and global cases – mirroring the dynamics of modern workplaces. Instead of relying solely on traditional testing methods, this approach prioritizes outputs, aligning with the evolving demands of today’s industries. Designed to cater to all types of learners, including working professionals, this educational model unlocks future career opportunities by fostering creativity, innovation, and critical thinking. Learners can expect a challenging yet collaborative curriculum that equips students with the skills essential in navigating complex situations confidently.

In a discussion among Ms. Bianca Gonzalez, Mapúa Malayan Digital College Instructional System Design Director Noel Torregoza, and Working Student Nico Lim during the launch event, attendees discovered multiple perspectives on how the PPC model develops both the technical and soft skills needed by professionals today.

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Ms. Jenny Chua, MMDC Vice President for Marketing during the couch discussion

“Educational experiences that are active, social, and engaging lead to deeper learning. On top of developing knowledge and technical abilities, our PPC learning model was designed to foster higher-level thinking, communication, self-management, and leadership skills which are all highly desirable traits to have in the workplace,” said Torregoza. 

Stepping Up Together

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From left to right: Mr. Nico Lim, BS IT Data Analytics Working Student, Mapúa Malayan Digital College; Ms. Bianca Gonzalez; Mr. Noel Torregoza, Head of Instructional System Design and Academic, Mapúa Malayan Digital College

In celebration of working students across the country, Mapúa Malayan Digital College relaunched Step Up sa Pangarap – a movement that empowers and encourages working students to accomplish their professional and personal goals. Now in its second year, Step Up sa Pangarap aims to showcase the continuously growing community in support of working students across the country.

The movement continues to grow thanks to the efforts of partners across various industries who share the goal of helping working students finish college and get a degree. Through one of MMDC’s partners, Concentrix, new MMDC students can benefit from an exclusive Work and Study Program, offering part-time jobs alongside part-time study opportunities. With salary deduction options aimed at helping learners sustain their education until graduation, the program is designed to provide working students with the support they need to balance education and employment demands.

To help more working students effectively navigate both their professional and student life, Mapúa Malayan Digital College is looking forward to collaborating with more companies in the country for its Work and Study Program.

With the goal to provide working students with easier access to quality education, Mapúa Malayan Digital College has also partnered with GCash to offer Study Now, Pay Later options through GGives – an installment payment service. This gives students flexible payment options for up to 24 months. The linkage between MMDC and GCash has also opened possible internship and employment opportunities for learners in the Number 1 Finance Super App based on average monthly active users.

These programs and initiatives are grounded in Mapúa Malayan Digital College’s mission to create a better college experience that acknowledges the needs of today’s students and professionals, as well as the challenges hindering them from accessing the benefits of a quality college education. By continuously innovating, modernizing learning methods, and enhancing access to learning and development opportunities, MMDC aims to support working students as they contribute to nation-building efforts aimed at fostering a stronger economy and building a better country.

For more details, visit https://www.mmdc.mcl.edu.ph/

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