USTP receives Model Career Center Award in virtual ceremony

The USTP Career Center and Industry Relations Office (CCIRO) is awarded as one of the Philippines’ Model Career Centers by the United States Agency for International Development – Science, Technology, Research, and Innovation for Development Program (USAID-STRIDE).

The virtual recognition ceremony was done on January 26, 2021 with Dr. Richard S. Abendan, Chief of Party of the STRIDE Program; Dr. Jeffrey W. Garis, Former Director of the Florida State University (FSU) Career Center; and Dr. Ambrosio B. Cultura II, President of the USTP System, as speakers.

A Model Career Center is one that exemplifies best practices in engaging industry in career development and championing student success.

“Being a model is being of service… This has been a long time coming already. You have been a model throughout these years,” Dr. Richard Abendan said.

Dr. Jeffrey W. Garis also expressed his appreciation for USTP’s innovative approach in cutting edge and new career programs.

The USTP Career Center is one of the pioneering career centers in the country when it started in 2014.

“Perhaps the secret to the success of the establishment of the Career Center is never to lose focus on the goal in addressing jobs mismatch,” said CCIRO Director Ms. Lera Fay Cotiangco – de la Rama.

Watch the virtual ceremony:


By Ms. Mary Grace Idulsa-Rojo, Consultant of USTP Career Center and Industry Relations Office