MPC-Naga President visits hospitality and tourism OJT-students in Virginia, USA

MPC-Naga President Dr. Marilissa J. Ampuan (2nd from right) poses for a souvenir photo with Mariners students undergoing OJT in the United States under the Work and Travel program. (Left to right) Judge Freddie Ampuan, Jonna Go – 2nd Year BSHM , Lara Mei Tripulca – 3rd year BSHM, President Ampuan and Jestoni Lancero – 3rd Year BSHM.

Virginia Beach, Virginia, U.S.A. – Students of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges (MPC) Naga City campus was visited by the administration’s entourage led by President Dr. Marilissa J. Ampuan and Judge Freddie Ampuan in Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA. This annual visitation is regularly done by the school head to personally see how students under the Work and Travel (WAT) program are doing and to further strengthen the linkages which the institution has established with hotels, restaurants and resorts where hospitality and tourism students go for their On-The-Job Training (OJT).

Aside from those who train in the WAT program, the visitation also gives the chance for school officials to keep in touch with alumni who have jobs now in America after they graduated from Mariners.

While in Virginia, the President had an opportunity to go on-air at the Saturday radio program of Mariners System ‘Buhay Marinero’ over DWNX in Naga City.

At the radio show, Dr. Ampuan reported to the parents how they fare in their work and assured them that everything is well with their children.

Some of the students were interviewed during the program and were able to broadcast a first-hand account of their experience working in a foreign land and were able to say ‘hello’ over the radio to their loved ones.

Souvenir photos of students on OJT in U.S.A. with President Ampuan at the compound of Paradise Resort Inn and Sheraton-Virginia, establishments where Mariners students go for their On-The-Job Training. (Left to right) Karen Beringuela – 3rd Year BST student, President Ampuan, the Hotel Manager of Sheraton-Virginia, student Jestoni Lancero, Judge Ampuan, and Lara Mie Tripulca.

Feedbacks from students include their appreciation of the education they get along the line of Hotel and Restaurant Management, Tourism and Hospitality Management in which they say the instruction they receive and the equipment used in the school laboratories are at par with what they see in establishments in America.

It can be noted that MPC-Naga has the Mariners Tourism and Hotel Institute (MTHI) where ‘real situation’ in hotel, restaurant and resort operation are experienced by students enrolled in these courses.

Meanwhile, parents have expressed satisfaction on what their children get from the Work and Travel Program offered by the school.

MPC-Naga opens summer ‘Innovative and Specialized Programs’

Naga City – Mariners Polytechnic Colleges (MPC) this city has opened the Innovative and Specialized Programs beginning this summer of 2015.

These programs are designed to provide participants with modern tools and techniques that can enhance the skills of students, their efficiency, productivity and output in the culinary and hospitality fields.

The main campus of the Mariners Polytechnic Colleges-Naga and the modern Mariners Tourism and Hotel Institute (MTHI) are the training venues for the Innovative and Specialized Programs started this summer of 2015.

MPC President Dr. Marilissa J. Ampuan (4th from right), MPCF Camarines Sur and Legazpi City President Dante La. Jimenez (2nd from left), Judge Freddie Ampuan (2nd from right) are flanked by guests and members of the local media inside the Mariners Hotel on the occasion of its Blessing and Inauguration.

The training venue for the programs is the Mariners Tourism and Hotel Institute which is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities. Professional instructors and industry experts compose the resource persons for the programs.

Meanwhile, the Innovative Programs include International Cuisine, Personality, Values & Image Enhancement, Effective Basic Hospitality Communication and Writing Skills.

On the other hand, there are two Specialized Programs which started in April this year. These are the 2-day Basic Baking Workshop and the 2-Day Basic Bartending course. These programs target young enthusiasts, businessmen and working mothers.

Included as a special feature of these Innovative Programs is MPC’s assistance to the participants for them to be able to take the assessment in the Mariners Assessment Center (MAC).

35 students of MPC-Naga leaves for U.S.A.

MPC-Naga President Dr. Marilissa J. Ampuan (front row, center) poses with the school’s Department Heads and students before the latter’s departure for the United States of America to undertake On-The-Job (OJT) training under the auspices of ‘Work and Travel USA’ program.

Naga City – Students of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges (MPC) this city have joined the season 2015 Work and Travel (WAT) program.

Of the total thirty-five (35) students, 23 are now in the State of Virginia, 5 in South Carolina, 2 each in Alabama and Colorado and 1 in the State of Connecticut. Depending on what is stipulated in their individual contracts, they are expected to stay in U.S. for 2 and ½ to 3 months.

It can be recalled that MPC-Naga has been sending students to U.S. for more than ten years now with them exposed to different kinds of job-experiences such as in-housekeeping, front office work, concierge, kitchen stewardship and other kinds of responsibilities in the hotel operation.

The WAT program gives students the opportunity to experience work in the hospitality industry and to feel on a first-hand basis, the diverse cultures of people coming from different countries of the world.

They also confirmed that their stint in America has opened their eyes and further enhanced their perception of the kind of profession they are embracing.

For those who have availed of the Work and Travel U.S.A. program, they attest that the course they have taken has been tremendously heightened by the travel while they have seen the competence of Mariners in terms of instructors and equipment in the laboratories which are available in the school and at par with what is used in five-star hotels and restaurants abroad.

(Left picture) MPC-Naga President Dr. Marilissa J. Ampuan (extreme left) and MPCF-Camarines Sur and Legazpi President Dante La. Jimenez entertain guests at the Mariners Hotel. (Center picture) The Mariners Tourism and Hotel Institute (MTHI) which serves as the training ground for Hospitality professionals from MPC-Naga before they are fielded in domestic and international hotels, restaurants and tourism establishments. (Right picture) HRM and Culinary Arts students in action at the restaurant of the Hotel.

WAT program participants in the past have expressed willingness to work in the United States while many of them have come back to the Philippines to continue what they have started in their OJT days, applying what they learned abroad in domestic firms where they work now.

DepEd approves MPC-Naga for Senior High School

MPC-Naga President Dr. Marilissa J. Ampuan addresses HRM and Tourism students in one of the symposia held at the Mariners Tourism and Hotel Institute (MTHI) with restauranteurs from U.S.A. as guest speakers.

Naga City – The Mariners Polytechnic Colleges (MPC) this city has been given approval by the Department of Education (DepEd) to offer Grades 11 and 12 in June 2016.MPC-Naga will offer two avenues - the Academic and TechVoc tracks.

The Academic track will include the Entreprenuership, Human Resource Development, and Customs Administration courses while the TechVoc track will be on Hospitality and Hotel and Restaurant Management fields. With this development, High Schools which will not offer Senior High School course can encourage students to pursue secondary education in this institution.

A year before the start of Grade 11, MPC-Naga is ready for the implementation of this new educational reform. At this moment, the school has already enhanced the Senior High School curriculum, started with faculty retooling, and has upgraded its facilities.

The five-storey state-of-the-art Mariners Tourism and Hotel Institute (MTHI) stands as one of the edges of MPC-Naga when it comes to HRM, Hospitality Management and Tourism courses with up-to-date equipment and well-trained instructors at the disposal of students who enroll in these courses.

Meanwhile, MPC-Naga prides itself with the Mariners Tourism and Hotel Institute which enrollees can utilize as they take their courses needing these facility.

Other than the 2-track offerings, MPC-Naga has innovative programs to support the K to 12 program. These are designed to encourage enthusiasts in baking, food and beverages and housekeeping.

The school also offers personality enhancement and peroficiency in foreign languages. As of today, summer programs for kids and people with disabilities (PWD’s) are all in place.