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State of the Art of Technical Education and Skills Development (TESD) Programs of State Universities and Colleges in Region III

This study was conducted to determine the state of the art of the program on Technical Education and Skills Development (TESD) of state colleges and universities in Region III school year 2009-2014 in terms of enrollment, cohort rate, graduation rate, employment rate, and quality of graduates. Students’ attitude and interest toward their course: economic status and their academic ability; teacher factors on educational attainment, specialization, industrial training and experience, and attitudes toward technical education; school factors; school budget, school site, adequacy of buildings and shop rooms, machines and equipment, and on-the-job training. The degree of adherence of the Technical Education and Skills Development institutions on the four thrusts of higher education which are quality and excellence, access and equity, relevance and efficiency in consonance on the DepEd K-12 Program. Correlation design, questionnaire and documentary analysis were utilized. Frequency, percentage, and mean scores were employed as well as Step- Wise Multiple regression scheme to determine the significant factors that affect the degree of development of the Technical Education and Skills Development schools. The findings on school’s enrollment rate were unstable due to calamities encountered. Graduation rate were very low for the first three (3) years and increased for the succeeding two years . The quality of graduates produced by these institutions, companies claimed that the graduates as their employees possessed the quality of skills they demanded. Administrators of these technical school’s institutions claimed that their schools adhered to quality education and on the concept of the K-12 program. Extension services were satisfactorily done. Students’ interest and attitudes in enrolling the course were relatively low on the year 2010 – 2012 . Faculty members had a high profile in terms of educational attainment. Teachers retooled themselves to be at par on the mandates of the k-12 program. Budget allotted the appropriated funds given to Technical Education and Skills Development schools cannot subsidize necessary things needed on skills instruction These schools are located strategically to the majority of the target population .On-the- job training (OJT) was observed by these schools . The state of the art of State Universities and Colleges program boil down on students’ attitudes, industrial training and experiences of faculty, appropriated budget, material resources and relevance of school programs to the requirements of modernization. Keywords- “State of the Art , skills empower economy