Development Consulting Services’ Career Center Work Continues In The Philippines

Friday, September 5, 2014

Four Development Consulting Services’ (DCS’) career center experts are in the Philippines to increase career services expertise at select Philippine universities as part of WDI’s Science, Technology, Research and Innovation for Development (STRIDE) project.

University of Santo Tomas

Two DCS experts – T. Andrew “Andy” Ceperley and Christian Garcia – will be working with the University of Iloilo. The other two, Christine Cruzvergara and Joseph “Joe” Testani, will work with the University of Santo Tomas in Manila.

The team of consultants will assess the current status of career services at each institution. They will develop a plan to create integrated, effective career services there, and then support the stakeholders with technical assistance to build an action plan to grow and build capacity during the five-year span of the STRIDE project.

The team will also hold two open workshops to emphasize the ability of career centers to foster strong relationships with business leaders and recruiters. They will introduce the U.S. model for career centers to a group that will include both career services professionals and representatives from various industries in the Philippines, and discuss how both universities and hiring employers can benefit from effective career services programs.

The STRIDE project, in partnership with RTI International, aims to strengthen linkages between industry and academia in high-growth economic sectors, such as manufacturing and information technology.

The program, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, is designed to improve research experience and output, as well as boost the qualifications of faculty and staff in select programs at universities in the Philippines, while strengthening or establishing partnerships between U.S. and Philippine universities. STRIDE also helps students gain the skills and knowledge they need to be successful in their careers.

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