by Lemuel Clark Velasco
The School of Computer Studies (SCS) in partnership with the Life Project 4 Youth Hear Us Program conducted the ICT Training for the Deaf at the SCS Software Engineering Computer Laboratory on May 5-16, 2014. During its opening program, the OVCRE Director for Research Dr. Franco G. Teves lauded the relevance of this extension program for its unique impact in society.
Led by SCS Dean, Prof. Alquine Roy Taculin, and Training Director, Prof. Lemuel Clark Velasco, the training focused on basic graphics and multimedia using the following authoring tools namely MS PowerPoint, MS Publisher and Adobe Photoshop.
This is the fourth year that the SCS has conducted the ICT skills training. In the previous years the focus was on modules for Internet and Office Applications, Computer Hardware Servicing and Consumer Electronics Servicing. This time, the outputs of the trainees were a collection of presentations, flyers, posters, invitations, brochures, and business cards.
At the same time, many of the deaf youths improved their visual sense as evidenced by their creative designs.
During the closing ceremony, Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance Dr. David Almarez reiterated that “the mandate of MSU-IIT is not just to focus on instruction and research but also to extend its resources through relevant programs in extension.”
The series of ICT trainings has provided job opportunities for deaf youths according to Hear Us Program Coordinators Chelsea and Dave Frehulfer.
We can see what the deaf youths are capable of in Information and Communications Technology if we give them the opportunity, reiterating the theme of the closing ceremony, “I can’t, but together WE CAN!” – contributed news for OC-OPI