Current Programs and Projects
The use of new technologies of the digital era to carry out quality instruction and to support efficient student services has been adopted by the school. Open laboratories, networked computer laboratories, the development of computer applications for the library, Records and Admissions office, and the Finance office are today a feature of campus life. The BS Information Technology program is venturing into e-learning, among other innovative methods of instruction. In the new millennium, St. Joseph ’s College of Q.C. has also embarked on a series of challenging ventures, efforts that can be characterized as reaching out and providing quality Josephine education to new groups and communities.
The Institute of Nursing was established in 2004 and is in partnership with the neighboring St. Luke’s Medical Center as its base hospital. Special education is one of the newest programs of SJCQC. A special education department catering for special students was opened in 2002 and has drawn more and more pupils and students. A notable feature of SPED in the school is the mainstreaming program where enrolees in SPED are prepared to join the appropriate regular classes of the kindergarten, grade school and high school. SPED has also become an area of specialization in the education programs of the undergraduate and graduate departments.
The past five years have seen the graduate school grow by leaps and bounds in terms of enrolment and in program offerings. Educational management, instructional supervision, special education, and applied gerontology are its leading programs today. Its enrolees also now come from the nearby provinces of Bulacan, Batangas, Cavite and Laguna who commute in the weekends to attend graduate classes in the Quezon City campus.
The Degree Completion Program (DCP) was instituted in 2002 to address the situation of undergraduates of the college who have been away from school for a number of years and who need only a few remaining units to earn their degrees. It operates according to the principle of equivalency by recognizing learning acquired outside the formal school setting.
Along the same line, the school accepted the invitation from CHED to become an ETEEAP (Expanded Tertiary Education Equivalency Accreditation Program) provider. This program has sparked tremendous interest among working professionals who have not earned college degrees. Through ETEEAP, non-degree holders can have their learning at work and in life (skills and knowledge) assessed and recognized as equivalent to traditional course requirements (recognition of prior learning) to earn their degrees. Assessment and equivalency for AB Community Development and BS in Office Management are currently offered under the program. The Bachelor of Science in Commerce, major in management program (ETEEAP) will be launched in 2006. The ETEEAP Program is supervised by Agnes Feliza Edillon who has extensive experience in project management and assessment in both school and field settings.
The first graduate of ETEEAP in St. Joseph ’s College, Q.C. is a community development practitioner, Enrique M. Gallardo Jr, who has worked for many years as a field worker among the indigenous peoples of the Cordilleras and the Muslim communities in Maguindanao and Sultan Kudarat. He will formally receive his AB Community Development diploma through ETEEAP in December 2005.
The solidarity of St. Joseph ’s College, Q.C. with people and groups in need has extended beyond Philippine shores to the newly independent East Timor . There is now a special college scholarship program for young East Timorese to develop professionals such as teachers and office workers to help rebuild the country from the ravages of decades-long conflict.
As the school undertakes new initiatives, it has maintained its strengths as an educational institution and is proud of the work and effort of its graduates. It continues to enjoy full autonomy as granted by the CHED, and Level III status for its programs from the PAASCU. The College was identified as one of two top performing schools in the social work licensure exams in 2004 (see related story). The Mass Communication department has had Palanca award winners since 2000 (see related story). As part of its continuing quest for educational innovations, it has established partnerships for staff and student development with schools overseas, including the Notre Dame University in Kyoto , Japan for social work and the International People’s College in Helsingør , Denmark for adult education.