An orientation by the Community Extension Services (CES) office was held in Rigney Hall at the University of San Carlos-Talamban Campus this afternoon in line with the new requirement for graduation for third-year engineering students – community service.
They will now be exposed to technology transfers, outreach programs, and the like as they work for credit points which determine the amount of community service they have done throughout the rest of their stay in the university.
The amount of accumulated points required before the diploma is given is 60, or 10 per semester.
Before the orientation Engr. Kathrina Malinao reminded the participants on how significant the mission and vision of the university is to CES involvement.
Engr. Alex H. Melchor, the new CES Coordinator, emphasized in his opening remarks that students should extend the expertise that they’ve learned in their first two years in college to the community, especially to the marginalized people.
He added that doing a CES is not just earning ten credit points for a semester or 60 points for the entire three remaining years, but instead a way of appreciating what they’ve learned in their respective courses by applying them in real life.
Students present in the orientation earned six points for their attendance.
Dr. Roland Galindo handled the CES orientation proper while Engr. Analiza Tabanao explained the CES Credit Points to the students.
Community extension service is one of the three core functions of the university and its mandatory compliance by engineering students was also intended to be in line with the outcome-based education (OBE) system which all higher education institutions are to follow as per instruction by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).