Xijen College of Mt. Province is an institution accredited by TESDA that offers Technical and Vocational Education and Training Programs (TVET) under the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).
Xijen College of Mountain Province, Inc. started as Xijen Institute of Technology in 1992. The school offers technical vocational programs in Information Technology and includes courses in Computer Hardware and Service Technician, Secretarial with Emphasis on Bookkeeping, IT, Web Page Design and Administration. It also offers courses in Education, IT and Entrepreneurship which are all registered with the Commission on Higher Education. The school also has a pre-school department. The school is located in Bontoc, Mountain Province, Philippines.
Xijen College of Mt. Province
Address: Upper Calutit, Bontoc, Mt. Province, Philippines
Telephone Number: (074) 606-8287
At a time when people from the Mountain province region barely knew how to operate the computer, a school took a bold step to provide a low-cost but efficient basic computer education to the community, believing that acquiring computer skills and knowledge will open up opportunities for lucrative jobs, aside from farming, and hence, let the people improve their lives.
With that vision in mind, Xijen College of Mountain Province took the initiative in 1992 to offer short vocational and technical courses to the people, particularly focusing on computer education.
Mountain province, which is popular for its sublime Banaue rice terraces and wood carving and where farming is the number one livelihood, was not yet “wired” in the 90’s and few people were interested in computers.
But Xijen owners, Joel Fagsao and his wife, visionaries who knew since then the power of information technology to transform lives, persevered to establish the school and introduce computer education, despite challenges like the lack of budget and well…interested students.
People living in the mountains need not stay backwards in terms of computer education and education per se, argues Fagsao, who with meager resources, continued to run the school.
Driven by a strong determination and advocacy to provide the Bontoc people an alternative livelihood to farming, Xijen offered short courses like computer programming, technician and secretarial courses as an option.
To ensure that the school will be top-notch, Xijen hooked up with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
At first, only a trickle of college students and professionals came to take computer learning. In fact, at that time, only one government office had a computer in his hometown.
But slowly, the students came, buoyed by Xijen’s low tuition fees and quality computer education that guarantees jobs after graduation. Most of Xijen’s students are TESDA scholars and since 1992, the school has kept the tuition fee minimal to accommodate less-privileged folks of Bontoc.
After 18 years, Xijen College of Mountain Province has indeed come a long way.
From a school with only two computers, it is now one of the prestigious vocational schools in the region and has produced top-notch graduates who are trusted and employed by the best IT companies not only locally but abroad. World-class companies like Sony, Acer and Samsung employ graduates of Xijen.
It is for this distinction that Xijen College of Mountain Province Inc. was chosen as this year’s winner Idol ng TESDA Institution category.
TESDA recognizes the important role that Xijen plays as the Philippines’ partner in growth and in the promotion and development of middle level manpower “in terms of support to the beneficiaries who are unemployed and are economically inadequate.”
Xijen has also kept its education standards high and is actually one of the most advanced computer schools in the region.
A pioneer, Xijen was the first one to put at satellite internet service in 2000 to further service its growing number of students. It was also the first school to start a program that reaches out to poor students in the barrios of Bontoc to provide computer education, again believing that education is the key and the tool to progress.
The program called Computer to the Barrios was successful and is even used as a scale model for government agencies to implement their own programs for the education of the poor.
From an unknown computer school in the ‘90s, Xijen is considered a prime mover in information technology where people are more open to have a computer education under their belts.
A testament to the school’s good education is Dexter Alacyang, a Xijen alumna, who used to work as a computer technician for Qanta LCD Panels in Taipei, Taiwan.
Alacyang is very grateful for having studied at the school.
“A skill earned in technical-vocational course is valued overseas and earns a good pay. Never underestimate a vocational course because graduates power the economy of progressive countries like Taiwan,” he says.
He said he didn’t have a hard time applying for a job in the company because they took note of Xijen’s background as a good computer school. At work, Alacyang shined was even given normally reserved for people with higher education.
Today, Xijen continues to be a force in providing quality technical/vocational courses in computer education that students here are mighty proud, debunking and changing mindsets that living in the mountains does not necessarily mean people are backwards or computer-illiterate.
TESDA Approved Programs
Here is the list of available TESDA registered programs and short courses offered in “Xijen College of Mt. Province” in the Province of Mountain Province.
List of Tesda Courses Offered / Registered Programs
|Bookkeeping NC III||292 Hours|
|Computer Hardware Servicing NC II||356 Hours|
Basic Requirements for TESDA Courses:
- At least 18 years of age
- At least High School Graduate
- Copy of NSO Birth Certificate
- With good moral character
- Undergone a pre-training assessment
- Can communicate both orally and in written form
Training Fees and Schedule
The cost of training and tuition fees may vary depending upon the specific course of interest and the school offering the training. Training centers also may have slightly different syllabus to teach to students in a class.
For inquiries, tuition fees, enrollment procedures, class schedule and other concern, it would be better that you visit their school/training center and inquire for other documents they may need.
Location and Contact Information
For further information, please contact the school directly at telephone number (074) 606-8287. You can also visit Xijen College of Mt. Province. The assessment center is located at Upper Calutit, Bontoc, Mt. Province, Philippines.