College of Home Economics (CHE) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Astoria Culinary and Hospitality Institute formalizing (ACHI) their partnership for the internship program of BS Hotel and Restaurant Management (HRM) Students.
University President Dr. Milabel Enriquez Ho, who led the signing, was joined by Vice President for Resource Generation Dr. Teresita Narvaez and CHE Dean Dr. Lucia with the representatives from Astoria, Mr. Danilo Molina, Provincial Director and Ms. Faith Bolinao, Special Account Executive. Other university officials were also present to witness the event. The signing of the MOA marks the official declaration of the renewed partnership between the University and ACHI.
ACHI is the training institution of Astoria Hotel that partners with schools and individuals to educate and mentor students to professional competency in the hospitality industry through rigorous hands-on trainings and coaching. The MOA covers voluntary On-the-Job Trainings on housekeeping for 3rd year students and front office operations for 4th year students and requires 180 and 240 hours, respectively.
“When a student or an individual underwent immersion in ACHI, they are guaranteed a job in hospitality management afterwards because of the thorough training they had,” said CHE Dean Dr. Santos. “ACHI already established a name internationally when it comes to hospitality and tourism management,” she said. “That’s why we are confident to renew our partnership with ACHI,” she added.
“Through this program, the students are provided training programs to enhance their service skills and technical knowhow in hotel and restaurant management. We can make sure that we are producing globally competent professionals that meet the standards in hospitality industry,” said the dean. In case the parents cannot afford to send their child to this practicum, the college gives the students a parallel proposal although with limitations.
A consultative meeting with Oceanlink Institute was also held to discuss possible onboard practicum for BS Home Economics Education on board superferry.