The Institutional Partnerships and Programs Office (IPPO) networked with Maryknoll/Miriam College (MC) alumnae working in key industries to expand partnership with companies. Together with college deans and program chairpersons, opportunities for closer collaboration between industry and academe were discussed in separate meetings.
Margie Moran-Floirendo (BA ’78), current chair of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, welcomed the idea of working closely with Miriam College students in CCP events such as, Virgin Labfest, Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival, CCP Band and Orchestra Festival and more. MC and CCP wish to do a joint research on millennials as audience, as CCP plans for its medium to long term development plan.
Arlyn Aguila-Fausto (HS 83), ABS-CBN corporate recruitment head, invited college students to participate in its internship program called SEED and STAR. As a result, about 10 students, mostly from the Department of Communication, qualified for this year’s internship program. A 10-day immersion program for Senior High School students was also discussed at the same meeting.
Connie Raquepo-Kalagayan (Comm 87), Philippine Daily Inquirer’s (PDI) assistant vice president for Corporate Affairs, gathered PDI executives for an open discussion on possible engagements with the school. Among those being explored are MC on Viber, soft skills training under PDI Academy, and an internship program for those interested in the field of journalism.
Ronna Reyes-Sieh, founder of The Coding School PH, visited MC to share her advocacy on Coding, Robotics, and Game App Development, which the group hopes to offer to both BEU and HEU students. Ronna is an MCHS ‘87 alumna who continued her studies in Boston College after graduation.
Jamea Garcia, vice president for Human Resources of Alorica, introduced representatives of the school to her team of young and vibrant executives who suggested that MC and the company can collaborate on internship and market research covering topics such as recruitment and retention,. She also proposed that MC students do actual case studies as their problem-based learning output in Business Administration classes.
The visits to alumnae executives proved to be a very good way to strengthen MC’s presence in key industries and a venue to recognize the contribution of our alumni in nation building.