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CHESIRE HOME FUND RAISING AND CHARITY FAIR

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Article by Rose Cheah
Nursing Coordinator

This fundraising activity was held on 3 July 2017 at the premises of Chesire Home, Jalan Ong Tiang Swee

The objectives of this activity are to:

a) raise fund for Chesire Home.

b) raise awareness among Kuching residents on facilities and services provided by Chesire Home.

c) create awareness amongst the nursing students about the importance of community services.

Chesire Home is an institution that provides residential care, general nursing care, medical attention, occupational training and rehabilitation for the mentally and physically disabled residents.

One clinical instructor and 5 student nurses from International College Advanced Technology Sarawak (ICATS) Nursing School took part in this activity.

Items sold on that day were Lo Mai Kai, Vegetable Kueh, Bak Chang, Fried Chicken Wings, Kacangma , Popcorn, Soy Milk and  Fried Chicken Rice. In addition to that, local vendors donated organic eggs to be sold on that day. The students also packed soft toys for sale, as well as plants provided by clinical instructor.

Everything for sale proved to be a hit success at the event as it was all sold out before noon. The total amount of sales achieved by our stall was more than RM 1300.

Nursing students had the opportunity to meet and talk to the public about ICATS and the ICATS Programme and also they distributed brochures to the public. They have also collected 32 data survey forms from the public.

i-CATS Students group photo during the Chesire Home Fund Raising and Charity Fair


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i-CATS Mechanical Engineering Students’ Community Service Initiative Gets a Boost from Assemblyman

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Article by Stanley Gona
Corporate Service Director

The recent community service initiative at Kampung Haji Baki, Jalan Batu Kitang by a group of Mechanical Engineering students from the International College of Advanced Technology Sarawak (i-CATS) got off to a positive start, thanks to the support of Batu Kitang Assemblyman YB Cr. Ir. Lo Khere Chiang.

As part of the community service initiative, the students, together with their lecturers, members of the i-CATS management team and Batu Kitang Assemblyman YB Lo Khere Chiang brought a touch of festive cheer to eighty-four-year-old En Tekong bin Darmo, a longtime resident of Kampung Haji Baki by cleaning his house and putting up curtains. The students also presented various food items to En Tekong. YB Lo presented En Tekong with a new gas stove, gas cylinder and a mattress. The octogenarian who is confined to a wheelchair, stays in the house with his grandson who is unemployed.

YB Lo Khere Chiang, who is also the Chairman of the Padawan Municipal Council shared, “In this joint effort, our ultimate goal was to help and also bring people together, young and seniors as a community. We have always adopted a balanced development approach that gives equal emphasis to both economic growth and the well-being of the rakyat.”

With regard to this latest initiative by the students, Ms Azila binti Mustaffa, i-CATS Lecturer for the “Khidmat Masyarakat” subject commented, “As part of the “Khidmat Masyarakat” subject, our students are required to reach out to underprivileged members of the community and do their part for the betterment of society. With the support of YB Lo Khere Chiang, our students were able to experience first-hand, the importance of community service, and one’s role in fostering a caring society.”

Also present was En Hatta bin Haji Azim, the Village Chief of Kampung Haji Baki.

Group Photo: YB. Cr. Ir. Lo Khere Chiang (in yellow shirt) presenting a new gas stove, gas cylinder and mattress to En Tekong bin Darmo (sitting in wheelchair).

On YB Lo’s Right: En Hatta bin Haji Azim, Ketua Kampung.

On YB Lo’s Left: Mr. Stanley Gona Chee Khiong, Director of Corporate Services, i-CATS.

Standing (First from Right): Ms Azila binti Mustaffa, i-CATS Lecturer for the Khidmat Masyarakat subject.

Group Photo: Presentation of various food items to En Tekong bin Darmo (sitting in wheelchair).

i-CATS staff and students with En Hatta bin Haji Azim, Ketua Kampung (wearing glasses, standing behind En Tekong).


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Majlis Berbuka Puasa bersama anak-anak Yayasan Kemajuan Insan Sarawak (YAKIN) & Majlis Khatamal Quran

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Article by Nor Azlina Sapee
PA to Executive Director cum Special Officer, KPI

Pada 15 Jun 2017 yang lalu, Ahli Jawatankuasa, Surau Darul Ilmi, Pusat Pembangunan Kemahiran Sarawak (PPKS) telah mengadakan Majlis Berbuka Puasa bersama anak-anak Yayasan Kemajuan Insan Sarawak (YAKIN) & Majlis Khatamal Quran bertempat di Surau Darul Ilmi, Pusat Pembangunan Kemahiran Sarawak (PPKS).

Kira-kira 200 staf PPKS dan pelajar Kolej Vokasional, PPKS dan AWISAR serta 36 orang pelajar Yayasan Kemajuan Insan Sarawak (YAKIN) terlibat di dalam program tersebut.

Objektif utama program ini adalah sebagai kemuncak program tadarus quran sempena bulan Ramadhan, menghargai dan mengiktiraf pelajar kerana khatam quran dan bagi meraikan anak-anak YAKIN.

Program yang bermula selepas solat asar dimulakan dengan majlis Khatamal Quran yang melibatkan seramai 13 orang pelajar Kolej Vokasional & PPKS serta 6 orang anak-anak YAKIN, diikuti tazkirah ringkas oleh Ustaz Wan Muhammad Mujahid bin Wan Alwi daripada Pusat Islam Tun Abang Salahuddin, UNIMAS.

Selepas selesai solat terawih, majlis diteruskan dengan pemberian sumbangan hari raya oleh YBhg Tan Sri Datuk Amar (Dr) Haji Abdul Aziz bin Dato Haji Husain, Pengerusi, PPKS & sumbangan daripada individu-individu kepada anak-anak YAKIN dan kepada peserta Khatamal Quran & tadarus seramai 82 orang pelajar.

Adalah diharapkan agar program yang dirancang dapat mencapai objektif dan dapat diteruskan pada masa akan datang serta akan mendapat penyertaan dan kerjasama yang baik dari semua staf dan pelajar. Semoga program yang diatur serta dilaksanakan sedikit sebanyak dapat memberi impak yang positif kepada semua pihak.

Sesi bergambar bersama YBhg Tan Sri Datuk Amar (Dr) Haji Abdul Aziz bin Dato Haji Husain Pengerusi, PPKS bersama anak-anak YAKIN, staf dan pelajar.

Gambar semasa majlis berlangsung

Pelajar KV, PPKS

Anak-anak YAKIN

Sumbangan Hari Raya daripada ;

YBhg Tan Sri Datuk Amar (Dr) Haji Abdul Aziz bin Dato Haji Husain, Pengerusi, PPKS

YBhg. Dato Hajah Maznah bt Dasmi

Setiausaha, Majlis Pengurusan, PPKS

En Hallman bin Haji Sabri, Pengarah Eksekutif PPKS

En Mohamad Isham bin Fauzi, Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif, i-CATS

Qasidah daripada Kumpulan Musytaq Al-Musthofa

Tazkirah daripada Ustaz Wan Muhammad Mujahid bin Wan Alwi daripada Pusat Islam Tun Abang Salahuddin, UNIMAS.

Ucapan daripada En Hallman bin Hj Sabri, Pengarah Eksekutif, PPKS

Ucapan daripada YBhg. YBhg Tan Sri Datuk Amar (Dr) Haji Abdul Aziz bin Dato Haji Husain, Pengerusi, PPKS


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Internationally Recognized BTEC Higher National Diploma in Electrical/Electronic Engineering a Springboard for i-CATS Students to Exciting Careers in E&E

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Article by Stanley Gona
Corporate Service Director

At the International College of Advanced Technology Sarawak (i-CATS), the BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) in Electrical/Electronic Engineering in Collaboration with Edexcel International, UK has long been regarded as the Programme of Choice for students seeking an internationally recognized qualification to prepare them for exciting careers in the Electrical and Electronics Industry (E&E).

Indeed, at i-CATS, a major point of pride is the fast-growing number of alumni, with their diverse contributions across the length and breadth of industry. For example, Frederick Toh Wen Fu (BTEC HND in Electrical/Electronic Engineering: Class of 2015) is currently a Site Engineer at Wee Hock Electronic & Electrical Company Sdn. Bhd. in Kuala Lumpur. In his capacity as Site Engineer, he oversees the maintenance and servicing of Passenger Boarding Bridges at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA 2), including the electrical, electronic and automation systems. He is also part of the technical team that monitors the Visual Docking Guidance System at KLIA 2. Reflecting on his student days at i-CATS, he shared that “Knowledge gained from subjects such as Electrical and Electronic Principles, Programmable Logic Controllers and Programming facilitated my transition to the world of work. During my studies at i-CATS, I also had the opportunity to enhance my communication and problem-solving skills. These industry-relevant skills have facilitated my career as a Site Engineer and prepare me for career advancement.”

As highlighted by Mr. Ting Kung Chuang, Head of the i-CATS School of Engineering, “The BTEC HND in Electrical/Electronic Engineering adopts a student-centred approach to teaching and learning. The focus is on the holistic development of practical, interpersonal and higher-level thinking skills. During the programme, students need to apply knowledge gained to a variety of assignments and assessments.”

Mr. Ting also shared, “The emphasis is on preparing students to make an immediate contribution as they enter the world of work. A best-of-both-worlds approach, combining theory and practice, goes a long way in preparing our students for engineering-related careers or further studies at the degree level. Prior to the completion of the programme, students are required to undergo a 4-month internship. This ensures that the students have the opportunity to learn directly from the industry and gain real-world work experience. In addition to the BTEC Higher National Diploma awarded by i-CATS, students who successfully complete the two-and-a-half year programme will be awarded the BTEC Higher National Diploma in Electrical/Electronic Engineering by Pearson Education Ltd, United Kingdom.”

Mr. Mohamad Faizal Mahsen, Head of the i-CATS Higher National Diploma in Electrical/Electronic Engineering programme added, “As highlighted by the Malaysian Ministry of International Trade and Development on its website, the electrical and electronics (E&E) industry is a key driver of Malaysia’s industrial development and contributes significantly to GDP growth, export earnings, investment and employment.” Mr. Mohamad Faizal also shared, “Recently, Dato’ Sri Mustapa Mohamed, Malaysia’s International Trade and Industry Minister announced that the electrical and electronics (E&E) industry grew by 20.6% in the first two months of 2017. In Sarawak, the Chief Minister has announced that the State Government will spearhead numerous initiatives to accelerate the pace of development. These positive developments are expected to develop a host of career opportunities for Malaysia’s youths.”

The next enrolment to the BTEC Higher National Diploma in Electrical/Electronic Engineering programme will be for the July/August 2017 Session. Students who have completed SPM/SPMV with a minimum of three credits including Mathematics and one science/technical subject and a pass in English are eligible to enter the programme. Applications will also be considered for those who have completed an MQA Accredited Certificate in Engineering/Engineering Technology programme (MQF Level 3) with a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.0.

For further information on the BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) in Electrical/Electronic Engineering programme and various forms of financial assistance, interested school leavers and their parents are invited to visit the i-CATS West Campus at Jalan Stampin Timur, Kuching or call 082-570888/451533. Information can also be obtained from i-CATS’s website: www.icats.edu.my.

BTEC Higher National Diploma in Electrical/Electronic Engineering Programme

Frederick Toh (Second from right) and team inspecting a passenger boarding bridge

Tour of i-CATS E&E Lab Facilities:
Best-of-both-worlds Approach to Engineering Education, Combining Theory and Practice

Second from left: Mr. Mohamad Isham bin Fauzi, CEO of i-CATS with members of the i-CATS E&E academic team.
First from Left: Dr. Leo Sing Lim, Academic Director of i-CATS.
Fourth from Right: Mr. Ting Kung Chuang, Head of the i-CATS School of Engineering.
Third from Left: Mr. Mohamad Faizal Mahsen, Head of the i-CATS Higher National Diploma in Electrical/Electronic Engineering programme.


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PROGRAM GOTONG-ROYONG & KHIDMAT MASYARAKAT DI MASJID NURHIDAYAH, KPG ENSEBANG JAYA, SERIAN ANJURAN AHLI JAWATANKUASA, SURAU DARUL ILMI, PUSAT PEMBANGUNAN KEMAHIRAN SARAWAK.

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Article by Nor Azlina Sapee
PA to Executive Director cum Special Officer, KPI

Pada 20 Mei 2017 yang lalu, Ahli Jawatankuasa, Surau Darul Ilmi, Pusat Pembangunan Kemahiran Sarawak (PPKS) telah mengadakan program gotong-royong membersihkan kawasan Masjid Nurhidayah, Kpg Ensebang Jaya, Balai Ringin, Serian. Kira-kira 30 orang staf PPKS dan pelajar Kolej Vokasional PPKS dan 20 orang penduduk kampung termasuk Ahli Jawatankuasa Masjid Nurhidayah terlibat dalam gotong-royong berkenaan.

Objektif utama program ini adalah untuk menyemai semangat kerjasama bergotong royong membersihkan kawasan masjid di samping dapat meningkatkan kesejahteraan dan kualiti hidup yang sihat serta dapat mengeratkan hubungan perpaduan di antara satu sama lain.

Program tersebut bermula dengan solat subuh berjemaah & tazkirah ringkas Fadhilat Ramadhan daripada Ustaz Mohd Zulhelmi bin Borhan dan diakhiri dengan penyerahan sumbangan pakaian terpakai & barangan dapur kepada setiap keluarga di Kpg Ensebang Jaya oleh Ustaz Rizqi Farouq bin idris, Pengerusi Surau Darul Ilmi dan En Alihazimi bin Sharifuddin, Ketua Kaum mewakili penduduk Kpg Ensebang Jaya.

Pada masa yang sama, ceramah berkaitan program PPKS juga telah disampaikan oleh En Mohd Shahmi bin Marzuki, Pegawai Pemasaran, PPKS.

Aktiviti tersebut membawa nilai-nilai murni serta semangat perpaduan, dan aktiviti ini telah dijalankan dengan lancar dan sempurna. Adalah diharapkan agar aktiviti yang berfaedah seperti ini dapat diteruskan pada masa yang akan datang.

Aktiviti Gotong-Royong

Taklimat oleh Pegawai Pemasaran, PPKS

Sumbangan Pakaian Terpakai dan Barangan Dapur

Cenderahati daripada Ketua Kaum Kpg Ensebang Jaya

Gambar Berkumpulan

 


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Warm Welcome for i-CATS Diploma in Software Engineering Freshmen!

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Article by Tay Chung Ang (IT Lecturer) & Stanley Gona (Corporate Service Director)

Recently, the IT Club of the International College of Advanced Technology Sarawak (i-CATS) organized a Welcome Party for the freshmen of the Diploma in Software Engineering programme. Held at the i-CATS West Campus, the event was an opportunity for the new students to meet their seniors; indeed, for the new students, it was an important first step to network with other students through ice-breaking games, sharing sessions and lunch!

In his speech, Mr. Goh Kok Luong, Head of the i-CATS School of Innovative Technology highlighted that it was very important for the new students to get to know their seniors. He remarked that having such a network was part of a student’s arsenal of essential college survival skills. Following Mr. Goh’s speech, Andre Chai Tze Chern, President of the IT Club introduced the new students to the Academic Team of the School of Innovative Technology.

The IT Club complements the efforts of the School of Innovative Technology to equip students with industry-relevant technical and soft skills. The current executive committee members are Andre Chai (President), Andy Choo (Vice President), Kelvin Huang (Secretary), Chan Kee Ling (Publicity Officer), Yeong Chai Sia (Treasurer), Jason Chiang, Tan Ewe Kean, Yvinson Moh, Ham Lai Ing, Muhammad Rezky, Macarius Stanislaus, Lam Poh Xun, Jonathan Chung and Stephanie Delong.

For further information on the Diploma and Degree programmes in Software Engineering and various forms of financial assistance, interested school leavers and their parents are invited to visit the i-CATS West Campus at Jalan Stampin Timur, Kuching or call 082-570888/451533. Information can also be obtained from i-CATS’s website: www.icats.edu.my.

Group photo with faculty members of the School of Innovative Technology.

Front row from the right: Ms Ho Hai Inn, Mr. Tay Chung Ang, Mr. Goh Kok Luong (Head of School), Mr. Jeffrey Sim Chek Hui, Ms Faezah Sabawi and Mr. Andre Chai (President of IT Club).


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i-CATS Diploma in Civil Engineering Programme in line with State Government’s Objective to Transform Sarawak into a High-income and Developed State

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Article by Stanley Gona
Corporate Service Director

At the International College of Advanced Technology Sarawak (i-CATS), students of the Diploma in Civil Engineering programme, as budding engineers, are quick to appreciate the importance of the civil engineering profession in facilitating the transformation of Sarawak into a high-income and developed state.

As highlighted by Mr. Ting Kung Chuang, Head of the i-CATS School of Engineering, “The overarching theme of the School of Engineering centres on enhancing quality of life through a sustainable approach to engineering practice and design.” He added, “In Sarawak, it is forecasted that government-led initiatives such as the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) and the Sarawak Socio-Economic Transformation Plan (SETP) will generate a host of career opportunities for engineering graduates. With numerous infrastructure and road-building projects within Sarawak and Malaysia as a whole, engineers play a very important role in state and nation building.”

Mr. Ting also commented that, “The Diploma in Civil Engineering programme prepares graduates for a wide range of career opportunities within Malaysia and abroad. Our graduates can look forward to careers across the commercial and industrial sectors in Construction Management, Structural Engineering, Traffic Engineering, etc. They can apply for a wide variety of positions such as Assistant Engineer, Supervisor, Maintenance & Service Technician, and Technical Assistant. Prior to the completion of the programme, students are required to undergo a 4-month internship. This ensures that the students have the opportunity to learn directly from the industry and gain real-world work experience. On completion of their studies, graduates may also further their studies in a range of degree programmes.”

Madam Zetty Baiduri binti Hossen, Head of the i-CATS Diploma in Civil Engineering programme added, “During the two-and-a-half-year programme, students will take industry-relevant subjects such as Building Construction Technology, Engineering Drawing, Engineering Survey, Environmental Engineering, Soil Mechanics, Structural Concrete Design, Structural Steel Design, and Traffic & Highway Engineering. They will also develop an arsenal of effective oral, written and interpersonal communication skills, and hone their critical thinking, decision-making and team building skills.” She also emphasized that, “To foster the development of technical and soft skills, civil engineering students are encouraged to participate in the annual Build and Break Competition organized by the i-CATS Civil Engineering Club. In a nutshell, each team has to build a bridge with the raw materials provided. An important criterion is the maximum load that each bridge is able to support.”

At i-CATS, a major point of pride is the fast-growing number of alumni, with their diverse contributions across the length and breadth of industry. For example, Noorahim bin Nordin (Diploma in Civil Engineering: Class of 2015) is currently an Assistant Engineer at Kenbest Sdn. Bhd., a leading property developer in Kuching.  He highlighted, “In my capacity as an Assistant Engineer, Project Management is an important part of my duties and responsibilities. In this respect, I have the opportunity to work with colleagues from different departments to facilitate the smooth running of our projects.” He also shared, “To facilitate one’s progress in the world of work, it is important to have a productive mindset and be willing to update one’s knowledge and skill set.”

Another i-CATS graduate (Diploma in Civil Engineering: Class of 2016) Cerries Chin Yee Jie is pursuing degree-level studies in Civil Engineering at University College of Technology Sarawak. True to her motto “Life is full of adventures”, Cerries shared, “As one progresses along life’s voyage, it is important to set academic and life goals. This will enable one to formulate appropriate strategies to achieve these goals.”

Indeed, i-CATS alumni are making their mark, contributing positively to the progress and vibrancy of the broad canvas of industry. Enrolment to the Diploma in Civil Engineering programme is now ongoing until 10 April 2017. Students who have completed SPM/SPMV with a minimum of three credits including Mathematics and one science/technical subject and a pass in English are eligible to enter the i-CATS Diploma in Civil Engineering programme. Applications will also be considered for those who have completed an MQA Accredited Certificate in Engineering/Technology programme (MQF Level 3) with a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.0.

For further information on the Diploma in Civil Engineering programme and various forms of financial assistance, interested school leavers and their parents are invited to visit the i-CATS West Campus at Jalan Stampin Timur, Kuching or call 082-570888/451533. Information can also be obtained from i-CATS’s website: www.icats.edu.my.

Hands-on Experience: Use of a Total Station (Modern Surveying Instrument)

Second from left: Mr. Mohamad Isham bin Fauzi, CEO of i-CATS during a practical session on the use of a Total Station (Modern Surveying Instrument)
Academic team members in the photo:
First from Left: Dr. Leo Sing Lim, Academic Director of i-CATS
Fourth from Left: Madam Zetty Baiduri binti Hossen, Head of the i-CATS Diploma in Civil Engineering programme
Second from Right: Mr. Ting Kung Chuang, Head of the i-CATS School of Engineering


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i-CATS Students Get a Financial Head Start with CIMB Foundation’s Be$MART Financial Literacy Programme

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Article by Stanley Gona
Corporate Service Director

On 29 and 30 March 2017, fifty-four students from the International College of Advanced Technology Sarawak (i-CATS) participated in CIMB Foundation’s Be$MART Financial Literacy programme which was held at the i-CATS West Campus at Jalan Stampin Timur, Kuching.

Held for the first time in East Malaysia, the programme is fully financed by CIMB Foundation. It is a comprehensive financial education programme with the overarching aim of improving the financial literacy of youths across the nation as they embark on becoming financially independent.

The facilitators for the Be$MART programme comprise financial experts from CIMB Bank together with trainers from CIMB’s training partner, Gem Systems Sdn. Bhd. During the 2-day programme, a wide range of money management topics are covered such as Delayed Gratification, Goal Setting with Financial IQ, Risk Assessment & Profiling, Property Investment, Debt Management, Financial & Lifestyle Changes, Unit Trust Investments, Wealth Multiplier Lifestyle, Budgeting and Tracking, Share Investments, Financial & Investment Planning and Identifying Scams.

Commenting on the programme, Mr. Mohamad Isham bin Fauzi, CEO of      i-CATS highlighted that, “We are honoured that our students have been selected for the inaugural session of the Be$MART programme in East Malaysia. Our students found the programme engaging and entertaining due to the interactive sessions coupled with simulation games. This is a shining example of industry and academia working as one, to advance the noble cause of Human Capital Development.” He added, “I must commend CIMB Foundation for spearheading the programme and its ongoing effort to address the increasing number of youth bankruptcy cases. The Be$MART programme is an important initiative to equip the nation’s youth with the necessary knowledge and skills in the area of prudent financial management.”

With the success of the Be$MART programme at i-CATS, another session has been scheduled for the students of Pusat Pembangunan Kemahiran Sarawak (PPKS) on 5 and 6 April 2017.

Group Photo: i-CATS Team with Team Members of CIMB Bank and Gem Systems Sdn. Bhd.

Middle: Mr. Mohamad Isham bin Fauzi, CEO of i-CATS
Sixth from Left: Mr. Lau Wee Hien, Branch Manager, CIMB Bank, Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman Branch, Kuching
Sixth from Right: Mr. Song Khoon Soon, Director, Operations Support – Sarawak, Sabah & Labuan Region, CIMB Bank
Fifth from Right: Ms Hilder Husun Hului, Trainer, Gem Systems Sdn. Bhd.
Fourth from Right: Ms Symsiah Hamdin, Senior Project Manager, Gem Systems Sdn. Bhd.


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APRIL 2017 PPKS NEW INTAKES PROMISES FUTURE SKILLS WORKERS

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Article by Muhamad Daneal bin Jamali
Corporate Communication Executive

Kuching – Sarawak Skills Development Centre (PPKS) welcomes a total of 128 future skills workers here at PPKS Tabuan Jaya Main Campus on 10 April of its first series of 2017 intakes. Prior joining the Technical Vocational Education & Training (TVET) programme at PPKS, the new intakes comprises school leavers of PT3 and SPM throughout Sarawak region.

The session registered for Malaysian Skills Certificate at level 2 and 3 with various technical programmes offered in Plantation Management, Air-Conditioning, Graphic Design, Electrical, Industrial Electronic, Mechatronics, Information System, Mechanical Draughtsman and Fashion & Tailoring.

In a recent event, opening ceremony for orientation week has been successfully organized for the new intakes of future skills workers. The heartwarming moment was grace and witnessed by Hajjah Hamdiah Sazali, who is a senior manager student services for PPKS. Hamdiah in her opening speech welcomes the new intakes and express her expectation to all new intakes to excel in their study and uphold the quality produce by PPKS.

A series of talks and briefings were deliberate of during the orientation week that emphasis the importance of Technical Vocational and Education Training (TVET) as their tertiary education background. The orientation week also exposes and educates the new intakes with career pathway awareness upon course completion at PPKS.

To date PPKS has trained more than 47, 595 skilled workers with industry-relevant knowledge and skills for school leavers and industry workers. Latest tracer study conducted by PPKS Career Planning and Placement Department (CCPD) indicates 65% of employment within 6 months upon course completion, while 19% secure employment after 6 months of course completion and 17% of the statistic further study to higher level. PPKS is an industry-driven college and throughout the years PPKS has established collaboration and cooperation with 60 industry-oriented companies locally and internationally.

Among the intake was a 22-year-old, a young construction company owner from Sibu, Muhamad NurArif bin Abdul Hamid enroll in Level 2 Mechanical Draughtsman express his needs of acquiring the industry-relevant certification and skills which foreseen to benefits his future businesses with the relevant industry.

Sharing the same sentiments, Mashniza Mahmud 18-year-old SPM School leavers from SMK Sri Setia, commenting that a strong sense of entrepreneurship has been the drives for her to partake in technical education of fashion and tailoring course offered at PPKS here. She determined to setup her own fashion and tailoring boutique after completing her course at PPKS.

Meanwhile 18-year-old, Shahrul bin Ahmad from Kuching is a SPM Leaver from SMK Demak enrolls in Air-Conditioning at level 2 share his thought that technical education is important due to realization of the industry-needs.

Enrolment to the Malaysian Skills Certificate and Malaysian Skills Diploma is now ongoing throughout 2017. For further information on programmed and various forms of financial assistance, interested individuals are invited to visit PPKS Main Campus Office at Jalan Canna, Off Jalan Wan Alwi Kuching or call 082-362086/362129/361727/364253/364252/364198. Information can also be obtained from our website www.ppks.edu.my.

April 2017 New Intakes: Mashniza Mahmud (left), Muhamad NurArif bin Abdul Hamid (Centre) and Shahrul bin Ahmad (Right).

Group Photo of PPKS new intakes for April 2017with Puan Hajjah Hamdiah Binti Sazali, Senior Manager Student Services and PPKS staffs


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i-CATS Launches Diploma in Electrical Engineering (Power) Programme

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Article by Stanley Gona
Corporate Service Director

The International College of Advanced Technology Sarawak (i-CATS) has just launched its Diploma in Electrical Engineering (Power) programme, with registration of the inaugural cohort of students scheduled from 21 March until 31 March 2017.

Commenting on the new programme, Mr. Ting Kung Chuang, Head of the i-CATS School of Engineering highlighted that “the programme prepares graduates for a wide range of career opportunities across the commercial and industrial sectors within Malaysia and abroad. Our graduates can look forward to careers in power generation and distribution, computer systems, electronics, marine and offshore operations, and manufacturing-based industries. Prior to the completion of the programme, students are required to undergo a 4-month internship. This ensures that the students have the opportunity to learn directly from the industry and gain real-world work experience. On completion of their studies, graduates may also further their studies in a range of degree programmes.”

Mr. Ting also shared that, “to facilitate the learning experience of our students, our Power Engineering Labs are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment such as Power System Simulators, generators, and electrical machinery from TERCO Sweden, a major manufacturer and global provider of equipment for engineering education.”

Madam Siti Syafinah binti Ahmad Hassan, Head of the i-CATS Diploma in Electrical Engineering (Power) programme added, “During their studies in the two-and-a-half-year programme, students will take subjects such as electrical circuit theory, digital electronics, electrical machines and drives, electrical power systems, power electronics and renewable energy. With the support and guidance of our team of experienced lecturers, students will develop effective oral, written and interpersonal communication skills as well as hone their critical thinking, decision-making and team building skills.”

During the course of their studies at i-CATS, engineering students also appreciate the importance of innovation and technological advances in fostering an environmentally sustainable society.  In this respect, a major point of pride is the i-CATS Green Technology Laboratory which enables students to acquire theoretical knowledge and practical skills in the study of hydro power technology, solar photovoltaic technology, wind turbine technology and various other sources of renewable energy. This enriches the engineering curriculum and gives i-CATS students the competitive edge as they prepare for engineering-related careers or further their studies at the degree-level.

Indeed, the launch of the i-CATS Diploma in Electrical Engineering (Power) programme is in line with the Government’s objective to transform Sarawak into a regional energy hub. It is forecasted that the initiatives by the government to develop the energy sector, including developments in the area of sustainable energy sources, will generate a host of career opportunities for power engineering graduates.

Enrolment to the Diploma in Electrical Engineering (Power) programme is now ongoing for the March 2017 session. Students who have completed SPM/SPMV with a minimum of three credits including Mathematics and one science/technical subject and a pass in English are eligible to enter the i-CATS Diploma in Electrical Engineering (Power) programme. Applications will also be considered for those who have completed an MQA Accredited Certificate in Engineering/Technology programme (MQF Level 3) with a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.0.

For further information on the Diploma in Electrical Engineering (Power) programme and various forms of financial assistance, interested school leavers and their parents are invited to visit the i-CATS West Campus at Jalan Stampin Timur, Kuching or call 082-570888/451533. Information can also be obtained from i-CATS’s website: www.icats.edu.my.

Mr. Mohamad Isham bin Fauzi (in the middle), CEO of i-CATS cutting the ribbon to launch the Diploma in Electrical Engineering (Power) programme

Academic team members in the photo:

Second from Left: Madam Siti Syafinah binti Ahmad Hassan, Head of the i-CATS Diploma in Electrical Engineering (Power) programme

Third from Left: Dr. Leo Sing Lim, Academic Director of i-CATS

Third from Right: Mr. Ting Kung Chuang, Head of the i-CATS School of Engineering

Power Engineering Laboratory

Middle: Madam Siti Syafinah binti Ahmad Hassan, Head of the i-CATS Diploma in Electrical Engineering (Power) programme preparing the Power Engineering Lab for the coming semester

 

 


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