The Junior Philippine Computer Society (JPCS) is the Premier National Student Organization for ICT in the Philippines with over 8,000 members composed of 50 schools coming from different regions of the Philippines. We were privileged to be a part of their Leadership Transformation Workshop for their officers held from September 10-12, 2010 at the PLDT Innolab located at Boni Avenue, Mandaluyong City.
The JPCS Leadership Transformation Workshop aims to train incoming JPCS officers to become the next successful leaders and professionals not only in their organization but in the IT industry as well. Aside from the teambuilding, seminars and workshops, part of this event is the selection of the National Board of Officers for the S.Y. 2010-2011, where 3 Microsoft Student Partners, namely, Leo Luis of FEU East Asia College, Angela Grace Garong of IACADEMY and Andy Bulay of San Beda College Alabang were nominated.
And to add up to the excitement of this activity, Microsoft renewed its ties with JPCS for this school year by launching Microsoft Academic Programs for JPCS members, namely Live@Edu, DreamSpark and the Microsoft Student Partners.
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Part of the partnership between Microsoft and JPCS is the commitment to empower JPCS members by providing the tools and technologies that they need to develop their skills and improve the way they work, learn, and communicate. And with Live@Edu, JPCS members can avail of Windows Live services which includes free customized JPCS e-mail accounts (ex. FEU-JCruz@juniorpcs-it.org), access to 50GB worth of online storage via SkyDrive, use of Office Web Apps, wherein they can synch and edit their Office/Excel and PowerPoint files online, among others. To complement these free online services, JPCS members are also given access to FREE developer tools and software through the Microsoft DreamSpark Program. Microsoft DreamSpark enables students to download and use Microsoft developer, designer, and gaming tools at NO CHARGE. Aside from these cool free technology offers, the Microsoft Academic Team also opened its doors to all qualified JPCS members to apply for the Microsoft Student Partner Program. The Microsoft Student Partner Program is an exclusive organization of students who are passionate about technology. The program allows selected students to work along with professionals from Microsoft and to be a student ambassador for Microsoft on their campus. Up to date, there are 20 JPCS local officers who are part of the Microsoft Student Partner Program.
Aside from the programs presented by the team, a training on how to utilize and access these programs and services were conducted there as well. To end up each sessions, we showed this video called “Your Digital Lifestyle” – it’s an old video of Microsoft’s products and services but it’s a cool example of how technology plays a part in our daily lives.