FROM computer courses to language, pastry and electrical training, these courses cost only between RM5 and RM200 to learn at Malaysia Community College.
They are part of the government’s National Lifelong Learning Programme, and these courses can be for a day or a few weeks, held on weekends.
Deputy Higher Education Minister Datuk Mansor Othman visited Seberang Jaya Community College in Penang recently to encourage people to take up these courses and enhance their skills.
“There are even courses in air conditioning and computer maintenance, computer-aided designing in 2D and 3D, cooking, beauty make-up, food serving and aquaculture. There are English, Mandarin and Arabic language courses too, ” he said.
The courses are conducted in Bahasa Malaysia and the full list and course schedules can be viewed at mypolycc.edu.my under the ‘Pembelajaran Sepanjang Hayat’ section.
He said since the programme kicked off in 2002 until the end of last year, 2,968,966 participants had enrolled in more than 140,000 short courses in community colleges throughout the country.
In 2020 alone, 118,455 participants enrolled in 7,154 short courses.
Youths formed the biggest group with 47,590 participants followed by the hardcore poor (20,375), the elderly (2,711), single mothers (1,583) and 1,289 and 382 respectively for the disabled (OKU) and Orang Asli.
“The employment marketability level of these participants is at par with graduates from vocational polytechnics and at some community colleges, it reaches to more than 90% employment rate, ” he said.
Mansor was speaking after officiating the Entrepreneurship and Cultivating Innovative Culture programme at Seberang Jaya Community College.
The Nibong Tebal MP said community colleges in the country have their own specialities and almost all of their short courses are relevant to current industry market needs.
For programmes under Islamic Lifelong Education, which is done with Sekolah Agama Rakyat since 2014, Mansor said 181,723 participatants joined 6,996 courses until the end of last year.
Those in Seberang Jaya who want to enrol in lifelong learning short courses can call 04-390 2897 or walk in to Seberang Jaya Community College in Taman Desa Pauh to check on courses available and enrol on the spot.