The Negros Occidental provincial government has allocated P32 million for the Negros Occidental Language and Information Technology Center to offer 1,500 technical-vocational scholarships, including a landmark program for Robotics and Intelligent Machine Training, this year.
The government-run NOLITC is accepting applications for these scholarship offerings for Negrenses starting this month, including 620 slots under the competency-based training courses, 610 for institution-based, and 290 for vocational courses, administrator Cristina Orbecido said yesterday.
Among the courses or trainings a Negrense can apply for are contact center services, English language proficiency, 2D animation NC III, visual graphic design III, software development training program, billing and coding certified specialist course, certified professional coder course, Nihongo culture course;
Digital literacy training, software development course, certificate III in individual support, certificate II in business, robotics and intelligent training, gender-based trainings, and various vocational programs offered in NOLITC, Orbecido said.
These courses are given for free to interested individuals, to give skills training for Negrenses, especially on IT-related and digital jobs.
Orbecido also said that this is a higher target compared to 2018, which only reached more than a thousand, and that it is the intention of Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. to help more Negrenses acquire an education for the specific work they want.
ROBOTICS IN NEGROS
NOLITC will open for the first time robotics and intelligent machine training, targeting school kids through a robotics hub that will be built in their facility in Bacolod City.
Orbecido said they are now preparing the trainers, the venue, and the kits needed to open this robotics hub in Negros Occidental, which will cater to anyone, especially elementary and high school students, interested in this field.
She said this is also a way to increase the awareness of the kids in robotics and intelligent machines as this is now one of the most in-demand industries in the world.
“We are already left behind in this industry. This is a challenge for us to focus on it by trying to establish a hub that will be a seedbed of solution in the community,” Orbecido said.
The hub will be a venue for innovators where they can propose and create solutions to existing local problems, like garbage, among others, she added.
Orbecido said NOLITC will partner with a Manila-based organization, Pinoy Robotics, to train local trainers to help them in transferring the technology to the kids.
She also said that the training will prioritize young girls to break the stereotype that the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) sector is only for men.
The robotics and intelligent machine training program has a P1.8 million budget allocation, while the software development has P4.5 million, all from the total P32 million NOLITC fund, she said.
Orbecido also said she hopes to fast-track the establishment of the robotics hub to cater to kids through the short-term course offered by NOLITC year-round.*
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