Premium Apple reseller, Power Mac Center, recently inked a partnership with the University of Visayas New School of Art & Design (UVNS) to strengthen the position of its Apple Authorized Training Center (AATC) in Cebu within the creative market. UVNS’ Customized Education was recently named an Apple Distinguished Program.
Offering certificate courses in Visual Communication Design, 2D/3D Animation, Graphic Design, Photography, and Filmmaking, UVNS provides creatives an avenue to hone their talent and passion within a dynamic program tailored for artists. This output-based education model is the first of its kind in Cebu and even the entire Philippines.
For the partnership, Power Mac Center’s Apple certified trainers will teach Final Cut Pro X initially to UVNS students. This is in line with the school’s goal of producing creative professionals with skills marketable in the real world.
Power Mac Center AATC Head, Maleng Raysag, said, “We look forward to having more Apple certified professionals on Final Cut Pro X in Cebu and nearby areas. As you know, an Apple certification is a globally recognized level of accreditation. This way, we can ensure that UVNS graduates will be able to compete even on the world stage.”
While elated about having been given an Apple distinction after starting operations a mere three years ago, UVNS School Director Genesis Raña is looking to accomplish a lot more with Power Mac Center. In particular, he is planning to implement a One to One iPad Program for his students and possibly pioneer lifestyle enhancement programs using Apple technology.
“I’m a Steve Jobs fanatic and a follower of his vision and the way he does things. At one point, I told some of my students in the class that I want to be the Steve Jobs of education. What he did to technology, I want to do it to education,” Raña said. “I believe that education should not be limited to the classroom. It should be for everyone.”
Raña expressed that he is both humbled and challenged by the Apple recognition for it meant that the spotlight is on UVNS. He acknowledged the fact that the school has to innovate further since the award expires in 2017.
“I’m confident that we can do it now that it opened up to partnerships with Power Mac Center and other entities. But what I want from my partners, to be candid about it is to really push it. Ideas are easy but the execution is a different story,” Raña said. “My personality is very driven. It would be good to have partners like that.”
UVNS currently has a student population of about 25-35 at a time, with some coming from as far as Davao. Graduates attest to the effectiveness of the school’s instruction model, which is a mixture of technical training and real-life exposure to a holistic learning experience. The school administration is planning to expand to cater to its growing stature as a premier design school.
Meanwhile, Power Mac Center has expressed support for institutions in the VisMin region that also want to produce Apple certified professionals.
“We recognize Filipino talents, especially in the VisMin region. We know that Filipinos are world-class. Having strong partnerships will hopefully open up opportunities to hone young talents and produce the best generation of creatives,” Raysag said.
Power Mac Center’s AATC is the first to offer Professional Track Certification Training and Prometric Exams for IT and creative professionals in Mac OS X in the Philippines.
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