Bridging Students to Business

The S2B program is under the Local Software Economy initiative of Microsoft.  It aims to promote employability for careers in IT industries.  The program supports this through online and offline activities for students, startups, and IT companies.  The activities are focused on Skilling, Recruiting, and Connecting the next generation of IT leaders.

Skilling

To increase the competency of the new developers and technology professionals joining the workforce, S2B conducted several Career Booster Workshops for graduating students.  The sessions were held in the Microsoft office last March 7, 9, and 10.  A total of 246 graduating students were trained on Visual Studio 2008, SQL Server 2008, Windows Server 2008, and Silverlight.  Students were also given IT Academy Student Passes, a special no-cost online learning opportunity for university students to help them pass Microsoft certification exams.

Participating Schools

  1. Asia Pacific College
  2. Assumption College
  3. Ateneo de Manaila University
  4. Bulacan State University
  5. Cavite State University
  6. Colegio de San Juan de Letran
  7. College of St. Benilde
  8. De La Salle University – Manila
  9. De La Salle University – Dasmarinas
  10. Far Eastern University – East Asia College
  11. Informatics Computer Institute
  12. Mapua Institute of Technology
  13. New Era University
  14. Olivarez College
  15. Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila
  16. Philippine Chrsitian University
  17. Polytechnic University of the Philppines
  18. Quezon City Polytechnic Univeristy
  19. University of Sto. Tomas
  20. University of the Philippines
  21. STI
  22. Junior Philippine Computer Society

Recruiting

Linking the students to job opportunities, S2B organized the Career Day on March 13.  This event is only open to graduating students.  Over 200 registered and walk-in students attended the company talks, browsed through the job postings, interacted with hiring companies, took job exams and interviews, and signed up for the S2B portal.

Participating Companies

  1. SM Supermalls
  2. SM Retail
  3. HP
  4. Microsoft Philippines
  5. Pointwest
  6. Gurango Software
  7. DBWizards
  8. Eastwind Group
  9. I-Plus
  10. Naviworld
  11. New Horizons
  12. Infoworx
  13. E-telecare
  14. LBC

Connecting

We cannot organize a job fair every day, but we continue to bridge the gap between students and employment through the S2B Portal (http://www.s2bprogram.com/philippines).  This portal not only does online job matching but gives valuable resources to students to help them get more competencies.  We also promote career events from our partners in this portal.

FREE CERTIFICATION VOUCHERS: Students who attended the Career Booster + Career Day + signed up in the S2B portal will get FREE Microsoft Certification Exam Vouchers!  A total of 200 exam vouchers will be given away.

Thank You

We would like to acknowledge and thank our speakers during the Career Booster Workshops for imparting their valuable time and knowledge to train the graduating students.

  • Victor Tañedo – Microsoft Student Partner / Ateneo
  • Franz Joseph Mendoza – Microsoft Student Partner / Philippine Christian University
  • John Delizo – PHIWUG
  • Glenn Gamboa – PHISSUG / MVP for SQL
  • Eduardo Lorenzo – PHINUG / MVP for ASP.NET
  • Falemar Tanada – PHIWUG
  • Pauline Villacastin – Technology Evangelist, Server & Tools

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