As part of the Holy Cross of Davao College’s overarching theme for this year in ‘trailblazing,’ the institution will continue to provide its employees with the training they need and form competent professionals who will better serve the students and community after some teaching and non-teaching personnel have successfully completed the business communication course through the English Language Institute from one of the oldest and top universities in the United States (U.S.) — the University of Delaware (UD), last August 25, 2022.

The 5-week online certificate program aimed at expanding the learners’ oral and written communication skills through a series of discussions and practical activities tailored to the needs of the professionals in their respective fields.

Aside from the necessary communication skills, the learners were also taught the strategies and techniques to teach English in a classroom set up effectively.

The first batch of HCDC teaching and non-teaching personnel who have completed the course are Hazel Mey Arozado, Mia Bernielle Dela Cerna, Marbhen Dominique Abendaño, Kharis Anne Taghoy and Romelyn Luzon from the College of Humanities Social Sciences and Communication (HuSoCom); Josie Fuentes, Carmelino Pacate, Jr. and Melissa Jose from the School of Business and Management Education (SBME); Glenn Araneta from the College of Hospitality and Tourism Management Education (CHaTME); Chique Nacionales from the Colloge of Criminal Justice Education (CCJE); Lyra Punio from the Information and Communications Technology (ICT); and Mark Kinlee Ocay from the Center for Social Communications and Alumni Affairs (CSCAA).

The topics covered in the course were targeted to our needs, which is something that I appreciated. I could absolutely use the knowledge I learned from the course as a non-teaching employee working in IT,” Punio, a System Analyst from ICT, said.

Meanwhile, Dr. Fuentes, a faculty member from the SBME, said it was satisfying to be one of the recipients of the said program.

It feels amazing! I am lucky to be one of the recipients of this scholarship grant. I and my classmates, and colleagues felt brilliant and fantastic – words cannot describe it. Also, the University of Delaware is a prestigious and recognizable name in the USA,” she said.

The said program was made possible through the support of the Human Resource Office, the initiative of the Center for Linkages, Internationalization and Language Studies (Link-In & LS), and the ongoing partnership between HCDC and UD.

The Business Communication Course of the University of Delaware aims to assist professionals in improving their verbal and presentation skills, listening comprehension, oral intelligibility, vocabulary, and grammar. Through this program, HCDC  hopes to help its faculty and staff advance their skills, as well as develop parallel programs for languages,” Link-In & LS Head Ms. Sheryl Jo Urdaneta said.

April this year, HCDC signed an agreement with the UD to widen academic and research efforts for both institutions and open opportunities for students and teachers through student exchange and certificate programs.

UD has constantly produced outstanding professionals in various fields, including one of its notable alumni, 46th U.S. President Joe Biden.

HCDC, championing excellence through quality Catholic education, hopes to open more opportunities for faculty exchange, mentoring, accreditation, networking and linkages, and professional and academic internationalization in the years to come. (MKO)