USTP Panaon DMB sends 18 OJT students to partner industries
By Liza H. Calvis, USTP Panaon BSMB Faculty
The USTP Panaon deployed eighteen (18) undergraduate students from the Department of Marine Biology (DMB) to undergo on-the-job training (OJT) at partner government agencies in Misamis Occidental. These students formerly qualified for the OJT, which they should embark on during their third-year summer term.
Virtual orientation of the trainees with the OJT Coordinator
Before deployment, students participated in a university-wide orientation conducted by the campus’s Career Center and Industrial Relations (CCIR) and the Marine Biology Department OJT Coordinator.
Student trainees with DENR-PENRO key officials
On July 12, 2023, the DMB endorsed eleven (11) students to the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-PENRO). Then, on July 31, 2023, the DMB deployed another seven (7) to the Provincial Fisheries Office of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR-PFO).
The students were warmly welcomed and acknowledged by the personnel and staff of both government agencies.
Student trainees with BFAR-PFO Misamis Occidental personnel
During their deployment, an orientation session was conducted, during which they were introduced to the respective agency’s mission, vision, core values, and rules and regulations. They also had the opportunity to meet key personnel within each department.
Performance expectations and evaluation criteria were also clearly outlined. This orientation session accounted for 8 hours of their total 240-hour training.
On-the-job training is a requirement of the Marine Biology program. It is a 6-unit course that significantly impacts the development of work-related skills and knowledge among students. During the training, students gain real-world experience and develop practical skills that complement their academic ability. It is also a great venue to network and build professional relationships, which can become invaluable as they enter the job market.