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Student Internship in Science and Technology-based Microenterprises in Zamboanga Peninsula, Philippines
1 (2012)
  • Frede G. Moreno, Western Mindanao State University
  • Teresita A. Narvaez, Western Mindanao State University
  • Julieta B. Tendero, Western Mindanao State University
Abstract
The “Student Internship Project in Science and Technology-based Microenterprises” is a curriculum enhancement intervention executed through “hands-on” internship across Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource (AFNR) courses in three State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) in Region IX, Philippines. With the goal of reversing the declining enrolment trend, its four components (Coconut Sugar, Seaweeds, Tissue Culture and Rubber Seedlings) operate on experiential and pragmatic approach to enhancing the competence and institutional employability of students through science and technology utilization, acquisition of entrepreneurial skills and microenterprise development focusing on Zamboanga Peninsula’s major dollar-earning export commodities. The immersion of 362 student-interns has developed their technical and entrepreneurial skills that can match the requirements of local agriculture-based industries which they can also use to start home-based microenterprises should they opt for self-employment after graduation. The project is also able to reverse the declining enrollment in different courses in the Zamboanga Peninsula region. From School Year 2007-2008 to School Year 2010-2011, the project is one of the factors that contributed to the overall three-percent increase in enrollment in AFNR courses in the three participating SUCs in the region. As a result of the student-internship program, the students produced consumer goods, planting materials and semi-processed products from the four commodities which are sold through grocery stores and directly to “walk-in” buyers, traders, farmers, local government units, non-government organizations.
Keywords
  • agriculture,
  • forestry,
  • natural resource,
  • fisheries,
  • seaweeds,
  • coco sugar,
  • tissue culture,
  • rubber,
  • entrepreneur,
  • microenterprise,
  • science and technology,
  • curriculum,
  • higher education,
  • livelihood,
  • internship
Publication Date
February 3, 2012
Publisher Statement
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Citation Information
Frede G. Moreno, Teresita A. Narvaez and Julieta B. Tendero. "Student Internship in Science and Technology-based Microenterprises in Zamboanga Peninsula, Philippines" 1 (2012)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/frede_moreno/4/