Asian Carmakers Corporation (ACC), the official distributor of BMW cars in Philippines, under the leadership of its chairman, Mr. Jose Ch. Alvarez, and Xavier University officially anounced the construction of the Jose Ch. Alvarez (JCA) Technology Complex, the new home of Xavier University-Center for Integrated Technologies (XU-CIT), during a ceremonial groundbreaking on October 13, 2010.
The facility aims to develop the skills of deserving Filipino students and give them the opportunity to eventually become a part of a competent labor force, not only here in the Philippines, but in international industries as well.
Currently, Xavier University’s Center for Integrated Technologies has four technical-vocational courses being offered with 600 enrolled students. With the additional support of P72.3 million for the construction of two new buildings, the student population is expected to grow significantly.
The JCA Technology Complex will offer Automotive Technology as one of its courses and students enrolled in this program have the option to undergo training at different BMW dealerships.
The JCA Technology Complex will be built on a 2.3 hectare lot inside the Manresa Campus, fronting Pueblo de Oro’s IT Business Park near Concentrix. The proposed XU-CIT facilities will span a potential gross floor area of 3,780 square meters excluding sports amenities. It will house classrooms, laboratories and workshops, a canteen, a library, an auditorium, as well as administration offices, and other utilities and services. This modern technological education facility will assume completion by the end of 2011.
The building concept incorporates green architecture and environment design to provide a more stimulating teaching and learning environment for the students and employees. Green designs concern building management, materials and building performance, energy and resource consumption, and innovation for environmental sensitivity. The eco-friendly design concept of the JCA Technology Complex demonstrates Xavier University’s commitment to a sustainable environment, and the health and safety of its stakeholders.
BMW Asia, the regional office of ACC, has also agreed to support Mr. Alvarez’ venture by donating advanced training modules which will be incorporated in the curriculum of the school.
This also coincides with the formal announcement of the soon to be constructed BMW Dealership in Cagayan de Oro which is across the street of the JCA Technology Complex. Graduates of the technical facility have the opportunity to undergo on the job training at the future BMW Dealership and eventually get absorbed into the company.