MALACCA: It was a proud and momentous occasion for 35 students of the Montfort Youth Centre (MYC) in Ayer Salak who were graduating after successfully completing a two-year course of theory and practical experience.
Established in 2001, the MYC provides courses and workshop training in motor mechanics and computer maintenance in line with the Malaysian Council of Vocational Training programme. The centre is managed by the Brothers of St Gabriel.
The newest graduating students are the ninth batch produced by the MYC in Ayer Salak.
It was a proud moment for parents and guardians of the graduates, knowing their sons had acquired work skills and were now confident and competent young adults ready to contribute to nation-building.
“Apart from acquiring marketable trade skills, graduates are also taught to become more wholesome individuals through character formation, guidance and counselling sessions.
“Having acquired the trade skills, self-respect and personal discipline, I am confident these young men will prove to be an asset to their employers and the pride of their families,” said MYC director Bro. Robin Devasagayam.
Nineteen-year-old graduate Cho Jin Siang from Kulai, Johor said: “Before I came to MYC, I was not academically inclined. I was also lazy and did little as far as house chores were concerned. My mother was very worried about my future.
“Now after two years at MYC, I learnt the habit of not only keeping my own things tidy, but also our domitory and the centre’s grounds.
“I have also improved my command of English and am now confident speaking to others, whether to my peers or to the centre’s staff and teachers.
“Most of all, I have benefitted from the trade skills training and workshop course, thanks to the patient guidance of the teachers.
“I am now a qualified computer system technician and ready to get into the job market,” said Jin Siang, who also won Montfort’s Sportsman of the Year award.
“I am grateful to the general public for their financial contribution and support towards the MYC mission. All this generosity has enabled me to pursue my course and equip me for a better future,” he added.
Located in Ayer Salak some 15km north-west of Malacca town, MYC is the third in the series of trade schools operated by the Gabrielite brothers, solely aimed at helping orphans and underprivileged youths.
Most well-known of the centres is the 52-year-old Montfort Boys Town in Shah Alam, Selangor. The Montfort Youth Training Centre (MYTC) in Sabah was opened in June 1999, followed by the MYC in Ayer Salak, Malacca two years later.
Besides classroom lectures and studies, workshop training and on-the-job stints, students also undergo character-formation workshops and counselling sessions as part of the overall curriculum.
The centre also provides accommodation to students and schedules extra-curricular activities such as sports and recreational programmes.
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