STI, Shell Fuel the Future of GMBK Scholars March 12, 2010
March 9, 2010 marked a touching milestone in the lives of 41 STI scholars, under Shell Foundation's Gas Mo Bukas Ko (GMBK) program. With joyful faces tinged with pride, they received their graduation certificates, together with 27 other scholars, at the Shell House in Makati City.
In attendance during the ceremony were STI Foundation Executive Director Bambi Geronimo, STI Communications Officer Yani Manuel, Association of Pilipinas Shell Dealers, Inc. (APSDI) President Ria Campos, APSDI Vice President for Luzon Terry Valladores, Shell Retail Sales & Operations General Manager Bong Fadullon, Shell companies in the Philippines (SciP) Country Chairman Edgar Chua, and Pilipinas Shell Foundation Inc. (PSFI) Executive Director Edgar Veron Cruz.
33 scholars were trained at STI College – Cubao and eight in STI College – Cavite. The rest were sponsored by Don Bosco Technical Institute Makati and Marikina Polytechnic College. Out of the 68 graduates, the Basic Bookkeeping course of STI turned out to be the preferred course of most scholars with 22 graduates. The Basic Computer Hardware Course, also from STI, and the Automotive Mechanic short course of Don Bosco were the second preferred courses with 19 graduates each.
GMBK is a technical and vocational scholarship program dedicated to improve the lives of Shell retail station staff, including forecourt attendants, office personnel, mechanics and Select staff, by providing them with various skills training courses. The program was initiated by the APSDI, supported by the Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation, and managed by PSFI.
In 2007, Shell Foundation has entrusted STI, through its vast school network nationwide, to be one of its training partners. STI's role is to provide selected Shell employees a special module covering Operating Systems, Spreadsheets, Word Processing, Office Presentation, hardware Configuration, and Basic PC Troubleshooting.
At present, GMBK continues to serve as hope and light to Shell retail station staff scholars who, due to financial reasons, were unable to finish their studies. Through GMBK, the scholarship beneficiaries are finally able to achieve their dream of graduating from their chosen courses while still earning money at work. The 68 graduates are part of GMBK's 3rd batch of scholars who are proud testaments to Shell Foundation and STI's shared commitment to positively change people's lives through real life education.>