Mas Gading Community College not just for SPM leavers but also adult learners

Zubaidah (right) trying her sewing skill while being assisted by Sewing Lecturer for the Life Long Learning Programme M. Fitri Khasidin (left). Looking on are Kolej Komuniti Mas Gading Bau Director Shirley Philip (second left) and Deputy Director TVET Coordination Division Politeknik and Kolej Komuniti Education Department Dr. Siti Nor Afzan Buyadi (standing right). Photo: Ramidi Subari

BAU: Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) leavers who have only one credit or none at all are welcome to take up the various certificate programmes offered by Mas Gading Community College.

The community college was established to give opportunities to members of the local community from all walks of life to learn and gain knowledge, said Deputy Director-General of the Community College and Polytechnic Education Department, Dr Zubaidah Aman on Tuesday (Oct 26).

Community College and Polytechnic Education Department Deputy Director General (Planning) Dr. Zubaidah Aman. Photo: Ramidi Subari

“The institution offers places for not just SPM leavers but also lifelong education programmes for adult learners.

“For those who want to gain extra knowledge, there are programmes on baking, hairdressing, sewing, and many more,” she disclosed after inspecting the implementation of Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs) at the college here.  

Zubaidah said the institution adopted the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) education pathway where students would be doing a bit of theory and focus more on hands-on skills.

“Those who excel at the certificate’s level will then pursue their diploma-level courses in any polytechnic nationwide.

“Once they have successfully obtained their diplomas, they will be eligible to enter any universities of their choice to get their bachelor’s degrees,” she explained.

Besides applying to universities, Zubaidah shared that graduates could also pursue their education at the Malaysian Technical University Network in Peninsular Malaysia.

“We have clearly constructed this pathway for the students so that they do not drop out from studying right after SPM.

“On top of that, we have highly trained teachers to teach the students at the community colleges,” she said, adding that the community colleges nationwide were owned by the government under the Ministry of Higher Education.

Commenting on plans to build more community colleges in Sarawak, she said the matter needed to be brought up to the ministry first.

“So far, there are seven community colleges and three polytechnics in Sarawak. Logically speaking, looking at the population of the state, more are needed for Sarawak.”

She added that there should be community colleges in Bintulu and Kapit.