CAg to award Certificate in Agricultural Science under `super` BSA program
CAG | 05/18/2011 11:39:22 AM

Nine students of the College of Agriculture (CAg) will be the first recipients of a Certificate in Agricultural Science under the new BS Agriculture program which started implementation in School Year 2009-2010.

According to Dr. Federico O. Perez, CAg dean, the new curricular program is unique and different from the old curriculum which is also dubbed to as the “super” BSA program or the “three-in-one” program.

This is in accordance with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Memorandum Order No. 14, series of 2008 which prescribes the policy, standards and guidelines of the program.

According to Dean Perez, a member of the Technical Panel for Agriculture of CHED, the program is called “three-in-one because a state university or college can implement and follow either of the three tracks of the program. These are general curriculum, ladderized-program and with highly specialized-course offerings.

A student enrolled in the program can have a minimum of two certificates and a diploma (2 plus one).

Per policy and guidelines of CHED, the general curriculum can be offered by those SUCs with minimal laboratory facilities and projects while the second and third tracks can be offered by SUCs with more or less complete facilities, laboratory, equipment, qualified faculty members  2 and 3 which deal with competency and training standards are the main concerns of Bridging Program II. There are three kinds of competencies that a student must acquire. These are the basic, common and core competencies for the job. The basic and common competencies are both addressed in the different laboratory activities during the Bridging Program I conducted after completing the first year program of study. The core competencies of the NC II qualification are thoroughly taught by the trainers and the skills must be completely acquired by the students to qualify for the assessment. If they pass the assessment, they will receive the certificate for NC II Level qualification and can use said certificate in applying for jobs locally or abroad.

Initially, the college will offer NC II Horticulture and NC II Animal Production. Students may choose one where they think they could be at a comparative advantage. An NC II Horticulture holder is competent to be a horticultural farm aide, coffee/cacao farmer, fruit tree farmer and vegetable farmer.
On the other hand, an NC II Animal Production holder is competent to be a poultry raiser or a livestock raiser/farmer. Since the students have acquired knowledge and honed their skills in entrepreneurship for a semester, they can also be an entrepreneurs in crop or animal production.
With the all out-support of Pres. Ruben C. Sevilleja and the entire administration, the college tried its best to improve and acquire the necessary facilities, purchase supplies and materials, re-establish support projects and re-tool some of the faculty members to be involved in the first TESDA NC-geared bridging program starting this April. As a manifestation of the president’s continuing quest for excellence, he approved an additional Php100,000 fund for the program.

In return, Dr. Perez said that the college will aim to have a 100 percent passing of BSA students in the assessment for both NC II Horticulture and Animal Production come first semester. own from which they can earn extra cash for continuing their education. “Once they sustained and perfected their entrepreneurial skills, there is no doubt that someday, they can be millionaires”, he said.

The third in the ladder is the degree diploma which can be awarded in the fourth year or a bit later depending on the academic performance of the students. Having followed the third track, the CAg which is a Center of Excellence (COE) in Agriculture and a National University College of Agriculture (NUCA) by the CHED offers six highly-specialized courses. These are: Agricultural Economics, Animal Science with options in Ruminant and Non- Ruminant Production; Crop Protection with options in Entomology, Pathology and Weed Science; and Crop Science with options in Agronomy, Horticulture and Organic Agriculture, Soil Science and Agricultural Extension Education.

Nine students of the College of Agriculture (CAg) will be the first recipients of a Certificate in Agricultural Science under the new BS Agriculture program which started implementation in School Year 2009-2010.

According to Dr. Federico O. Perez, CAg dean, the new curricular program ...

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