The University of Southeastern Philippines -Malabog Extension Campus (USeP-MEC) conducted a training titled: “Bridging the Gap: Non-business Strand Students in Agribusiness and Entrepreneurship.” This intensive 80-hours, 10-day training was completed by students enrolled in BS in Agribusiness and BS in Entrepreneurship at the USeP-Malabog Extension Campus from July 3 to 17, 2023. The training program was designed for students who enrolled in non-business strands during their Senior High School.
The training program is an alternative to a bridging program. It was designed to equip students with the fundamentals of Accounting, Business, and Management; and Business Mathematics, which are essential for success in Entrepreneurship and Agribusiness, respectively. The training also provided and equipped students with a comprehensive understanding of critical concepts and how they can be applied outside the classroom.
The program was structured around five (5) key learning objectives which include developing foundational knowledge of business concepts; applying business concepts to the agribusiness sector; identifying and evaluating market opportunities in agribusiness and entrepreneurship; developing effective communication and interpersonal skills; and understanding the principles of sustainable agriculture. It used a variety of teaching methodologies to achieve these objectives including lectures, individual and group activities, and workshops. Students were required to complete assignments and assessments to demonstrate their understanding of key concepts and their ability to apply their learning to real-world scenarios.
Overall, the training program provided a unique opportunity for students to develop the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the agribusiness and entrepreneurship sector. By providing a comprehensive understanding of fundamental business concepts and how they can be applied to the agribusiness sector, the program prepared students for a successful career in a rapidly growing industry.