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Preparing for the consultation visit of the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA) this school year 2015-2016, the College of Computer Studies (CCS) has four professors who graduated in the University of the Cordilleras (UC) with the degree Master in Information Technology (MIT).
The four MIT graduates are now referred to as the “Quad Core Powermen” of the CCS who are: Joenhel C. Arcilla, Jay Leandro A. Borela, June Arreb C. Danila and Marvin M. Monteagudo who was awarded as Cum Laude. They are all recipients of a scholarship grant through the CHED Faculty Development Program Phase II thru the effort of CODITE Region V and Engr. Elma Espinas Naz as Region V adviser.
Each of them have presented and defended their project studies as part of the requirement for their course. They focused on the disaster management plan of the University of Nueva Caceres. Monteagudo’s project study is “Application Programming Interface for Disaster Information Management of the University of Nueva Caceres”. Arcilla worked on his study which is “Project Study: Android Application for Disaster Information Management of the University of Nueva Caceres.” Borela prepared his paper that is “Web Application for Disaster Information and Resource Management of the University of Nueva Caceres”. Danila worked specifically on his study which is “Decision Support System for Evacuation Plan of the University of Nueva Caceres”.
When asked about their experiences as Graduate School students, the Quad Core Powermen said that they had the initial thought of taking the course easy by “not breaking a sweat”. They figured then that acquiring their MIT diploma will come easy through some “short cuts,” considering themselves as teachers and not as students.
However, during the first day of classes, they realized that their framework won’t work. They decided to change their paradigm and instead, took the course seriously. They changed their mindset from being teachers to that of students. They realized also that they will succeed if they will be optimistic in all the learning tasks that they need to do.
With that, they left their comfort zones completely. They worked hard with grit and determination. They conditioned their minds that they are students and not professors at that time. They pushed themselves to the limit of their skills. They resisted the temptation of making excuses from doing their assignments.
Ultimately, they reached their goal on time. They started taking MIT in November 2012 and graduated in May 2015. They are smiling now when they recall their experiences in UC not as teachers but as students. According to them, they had fun. They are now looking forward to another school year excitedly not as students anymore but as teachers again.