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NEW ENGLAND COLLEGE
One of a handful of new modern colleges recently established, NEW ENGLAND COLLEGE (NEC) was conceived and planned by a group of ambitious and determined investors in education sometime late 2003, headed by an outstanding M.A. Education Management graduate from the University of the Philippines.
In response to the need for truly, globally competent graduates in the disciplines of health care, information and I.T., education and business administration to meet worldwide demands for professionals from these fields, Mrs. Norma Ching, the U.P. alumnae & president of a chain of Early Achievers Learning Centers & the De Novo Development Center for special children, together with Mr. Henry Wong, co-founder of H&D Information Technology Incorporated, Spartan Education Management, Inc., and The Elegant Kindergarten (Guangzhou, China), then decided to establish NEC to make a difference in career-oriented education.
N.E.C. opened its door in June 2005, a week after government permits were granted, offered the following four-year courses: Bachelor of Science in Nursing; Bachelor in Secondary Education major in English; Bachelor in Elementary Education – Special Education (SPED); B.S. in Information Technology; B.S. in Computer Science; B.S. in Business Administration major in Management; B.S. in Customs Administration; and TESDA courses for: Caregiver, English Proficiency Program, Associate Degree in Nursing, Medical Transcription, Call Center Finishing, Certified Bookkeeping, and Flight Attendant. The college is now on its way to greater heights in the delivery of world-class, globally competitive education, what with more students enrolled even up to year three in B.S. Nursing.
VISION AND MISSION
What was once acorn is now growing to become an oak. With its vision of being a centre of excellence in tertiary level education particularly in nursing, NEC commits to offer productive environment conducive to successful research, and a mission to produce highly competitive graduates who will be work-oriented, outward-looking, nationalistic and values oriented. N.E.C. is fully supported by the “ICT” of education. The above-mentioned (I) institutional facilities that visitors admire are proofs of commitment to provide the best to its students. (C) Curricula have been upgraded and aligned to course offerings of colleges and universities in America and Western Europe.
Since the (T) teachers/faculty is the heart and soul in the delivery of education, only the most qualified, English-speaking faculty members are hired to teach their subjects of specialization. Of the present 16 faculty members or 25 percent hold doctoral degrees, 12.5 percent finished doctoral units, 50 percent of them are master’s degree holders, and the remaining 12.5 percent members are taking M.A. units. Development, indeed, is ongoing for even a better New England College.
New England College signs partnership with Shenyang Bohui Educational Training Center
New England College (NEC) officially partnered with Shenyang Bohui Educational Training Center (SBETC) last May 2007 for their Joint Nursing Program.
This joint nursing program was created with the purpose of helping Mainland Chinese students complete a tertiary course either through (a) the regular B.S. Nursing program offered by NEC where students receive diplomas upon finishing the program there, or (b) the 2 years + 2½ years joint program offered respectively by NEC and Liberty University (LU) of Lynchburg, Virginia, USA, to which the Chinese students will transfer from NEC, and where they would eventually receive a US diploma upon completion of the program.
SBETC will be in charge of the screening, pre-departure English training and the admission procedures of Mainland Chinese students who wish to enroll in NEC for either of the above Nursing Programs.
Through these Nursing Programs, Chinese students will have an unrivaled educational experience as they are exposed to different cultures and educational systems. Moreover, their chances of securing permanent work abroad, especially when they avail of the 2 + 2 ½ program are significantly increased as LU will help arrange for a one year on-the-job training in a US hospital right after graduation.
Students from China are also welcome to take up regular CHED-sanctioned B.S.Nursing program in NEC. Starting 2008, NEC begins to offer 1-year and 2-year Hospitality Management programs with internationally accredited and patented curricula from the American Hotel & Lodging Association - Education Institute (AHLA-EI). Those who accomplish the 2-year course will receive the status equivalent to an Associate Degree in B.S. Hospitality Management in the US.
The signing of the Memorandum of Agreement for this partnership (see photos above) was conducted by Mrs. Norma O. Ching (center), President and Chairman of the Board of NEC, and Mr. Li Jing Fang (center), Director of SBETC. The signing was witnessed by Mr. Wang Lu, the Assistant Director of SBETC (second from right), and three other officials from NEC and SBETC.
NEC was inaugurated in 2005, and in the past 3 years, its board members have visited Mainland China, Hong Kong and Korea, diligently linking up NEC with prestigious foreign education institutions, as well as inviting foreign students to its various academic programs. (See photo below of Certificate of Approval to Accept Foreign Students)
NEC has an accreditation from the Philippines’ Commission on Higher Education for its nursing program and other B.S. program offerings. (see photo below of Certification for B.S. Nursing)
The LU and NEC partnership agreement was signed last January 2008 with Mr. Roger Bartholomew, the CEO of Inter-Ed Specialists Inc. - the official Philippine representative of LU and many other institutions of higher education in North America, Europe and Australasia. (see photos below: signing of the Memorandum of Agreement at the Mandarin Oriental – Makati, with Mr. Roger Bartholomew at the center; the signed Memorandum of Agreement )
New England College holds 4th Capping, Pinning and Candle Lighting Ceremony
New England College held its 4th Capping, Pinning and Candle Lighting Ceremony with the theme “Nursing, moving forward: a continuing commitment through quality health care” last July 26, 2008 at the St. John the Baptist Parish (formerly Pinaglabanan Church) in San Juan City. A holy mass, officiated by Rev. Father Ramon Fred Ofredo, preceded the Ceremony.
Winifred Tan Go, the school’s administrative assistant, emceed the Ceremony, as the capping, pinning and candle lighting rites were led by Norma Ong-Ching (M.A.Ed.), the school’s president, Fe A. Ronquillo (R.N., M.A.N., Ed.D.), the dean of the school of nursing, Mary Ann H. Cando (R.N., M.A.N., M.S.N.), the clinical coordinator, and Cecilia L. Cariño (R.N., M.S.N), the clinical instructor.
The event was graced by Hon. Nanette C. Castelo-Daza, the congresswoman of the 4th District of Quezon City, who gave an inspiring speech before the students, their parents, the faculty, school officials and guests.
The event was made more memorable for the Nursing graduates as they handed out white roses to their loved ones, and sang together their class song “At the Beginning.”
The Nursing students pose with (front row, left to right) Henry Wong (Vice Chairman/VP for International Affairs), Fe A. Ronquillo (Dean of the School of Nursing), Emmanuel C. Ching (Director/VP for Administration), Norma O. Ching (Chairman/President), Kathryn T.S. Gotamco (AVP for Administration), David Wong (Director/VP for Finance), Mary Ann H. Cando (Clinical Coordinator), Cecilia L. Cariño (Clinical Instructor), and Marlene T. Miranda (Registrar).
All ears were turned to Hon. Nanette C. Castelo-Daza who encouraged the new Nursing students to continue their missions toward the community and uplift the image of the nursing industry.
Their singing of “At the Beginning” was enjoyable to watch as their voices filled the immense parish.
Student Council Electrifies SY 2008 with Sports Fest
The 2008 Sports Fest is a sought-after event in New England College (NEC) organized by the NEC Student Council. This was held last August 2, 2008 at the N.S. Amoranto Covered Court in Barangay N.S. Amoranto, Retiro St., Quezon City. Even though it was raining cats and dogs and water seeped inside the court, this did not soak away the spirit of the enthusiastic participants as well as the spectators. Games included the quintessential basketball along with the relatively strenuous badminton, and alternative sporting games like dodgeball and tug-of-war. The basketball games had three teams battling out with each other. In the first tier of competition, team Griffins outplayed team Shrimps. In the following rounds, team Griffins drowned the Sharks, who were also defeated by the Shrimps. The Shrimps tried to make a comeback in the finals, but only proved how unbeatable the Griffins are! The badminton games were as exciting as the basketball games with pairs of players trying to smash their competition. In the end, the indomitable team of Katherine Menor and Josephine Santos rose above all. Some of the Board of Directors, school administrators, faculty and staff were present to show their support in this event. Mr. Henry Wong, NEC’s Vice Chairman and the Vice President for International Linkages, awarded each of the basketball and badminton champs with medals. The Sports Fest was hosted by the inexhaustible team of Jeffrey Alfred K. Gallardo and Marie Steffanie D. Lumbad, both 4th year B.S. Nursing students, from morning till the break of night. The event was sponsored by Thunder Energy Drink.
Women’s tug-of-war. No effort. “We’ll tug you with our smiles!”
Carmelle Serrano and Lief Tolentino are a formidable team in the badminton court despite not landing on the top spot.
Pierre Chung and the rest of the Griffins Basketball Team are awarded medals by Mr. Henry Wong.
New England College Joins in the 20th Career Counseling and Guidance Fair
On September 15 and 16, 2008, New England College (NEC) joined what could be dubbed as the biggest tertiary education event in the country. Over 10,000 senior and junior students from hundreds of secondary schools funneled into the Forum section of the Philippine International Convention Center in order to explore, to be informed, and to be enlightened by the leading local and foreign colleges and universities in 20th Career Counseling and Guidance Fair. The two-day event was truly a colorful fair as schools, through their exhibits, brochures, flyers and giveaways, showcased the courses that they offer. Seminars on career counseling, testing and planning were also conducted to help the students make the right decisions in their careers. NEC actively participated in these activities. Mr. Victorius Q. Bibera, the Guidance Counselor, conducted a seminar entitled “What is personality?” before the La Consolacion College students. The B.S. Nursing NCM 102 class presented an informative short drama about childbirth in a rural community. Mr. Nyl Patangan, the Assistant Clinical Coordinator, led the sprightly techno-hiphop dance with six NEC students. Aside from the informative and entertaining presentations, Chef Joseph Tan cooked a delicious “Yin and Yang Pasta” for the audience. Philippine Vice-President Noli de Castro was the Guest of Honor in the Opening Day. He tackled on the betterment of education and the alleviation of poverty. The event was highly endorsed as a must-see by the Department of Education, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). The 20th Career Counseling and Guidance Fair is an annual event of the International Education Specialists, an institution established in 1980 dedicated to helping students obtain world-class education.
Inside the Forum of PICC, graduating high school students from different schools visit the spacious exhibit area of New England College for career counseling and for signing-up.
Mr. Victorius Q. Bibera, Guidance Counselor, explains to the students how Abraham Maslow’s “Hierarchy of Needs” relates to our personal lives and career decision-making.
Everyone in the audience just wants to taste Chef Joseph Tan’s “Yin and Yang Pasta”.
The sprightly techno-hiphop dance of the New England College students led by Mr. Nyl Patangan.
Even from the other side of the enormous Forum hall, you’ll know that Vice-President Noli de Castro has arrived: the crowd’s cheer roars amidst the general noise.
New England College Wins Spot in ‘10 Most Outstanding Nursing Students’
Jeffrey Alfred K. Gallardo, a fourth year B.S. Nursing student of New England College (NEC), was recently awarded as one of the “10 Most Outstanding Student Nurses” during the 2nd Pinoy Nurse Expo 2008 held last October 3 and 4, 2008 at the SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City, Philippines. Mr. Gallardo, a top student of NEC and President of the Student Council, was the official candidate of the school. He bested almost 200 students from other colleges and universities in the Philippines who participated in this competition. The contest was judged by the Rotary International District 3830. The criteria for judging included intelligence, diligence, feedback from the teachers and fellow nursing students, and the desire to be a nurse and to be an emulation of service above self. The judging process included a panel interview, a review of scholastic records, and testimonials from the faculty, school administrators and other students. Mr. Gallardo, as well as the other winners, received a certificate, a plaque, a full nursing review scholarship (for Local Board, NCLEX & IELTS) from Bright Center and a cash prize among others.
The New England College Information Booth provides prompt answers to everyone wanting to know more about the programs of the College of Nursing.
Jeffrey Alfred K. Gallardo, beating numerous participants from other schools, proves that students of New England College are among the best in the field of Nursing.
New England College links up with the American Hotel & Lodging Association – Educational Institute
In order to create globally-oriented professionals who can competently fill in the increasing worldwide demand in the hospitality industry, New England College (NEC) has teamed up with the American Hotel & Lodging Association – Educational Institute (A&LA – EI) to create five exciting new courses.
The International Diploma in Hospitality Management (2 years) offers a practical and holistic approach to the hospitality industry as students are taught all the necessary skills to make it and stand out in the business.
The International Certificates in Hospitality Management (1 year each) are four separate specializations a student can pursue: (a.) Rooms Division, (b.) Marketing & Sales, (c.) International Hotel Management, and (d.) Food & Beverage.
When students take these hospitality management courses, NEC will sharpen their mastery of the English language since it is a school requirement that all non-English speaking foreign students should undergo an intensive English Proficiency Program to make them first-rate global professionals.
All of these hospitality management courses have on-the-job training, and, should the students desire so, NEC and AHLA – EI can assist in their practicum placement either locally, in prestigious hotels and restaurants, or abroad, in the US, Canada or China. Locally, NEC is affiliated with Pearl Garden Hotel (4-star), Sofitel Philippine Plaza (5-star), and the Hyatt Hotel Manila (5-star).