community extension services office
Extension program is an essential component of quality education. It imparts skills and technological training to many of those who have limited access to formal education.
Extension is designing activities that effect behavior change through constituent- driven programs focused on outcome- based objectives using variety of educational processes and techniques over a continuum time (Wilkins, 2000). Today’s challenge for extension work is multi- faceted educational initiative to link technology, expertise and resources of government and non- government institutions to the issues and concerns of individuals and society in general. This entails continuing task of capacity building for the Filipino people and communities towards self- reliance and empowerment for human development, within the context of poverty and deteriorating level of human development.
Extension program causes the educational institution to have linkages with and serve the bigger community that makes the institution real and alive in the hearts and minds of stakeholders on real life situation and scenarios.
Hence, in line with the Vision/ Mission of the school which is an upliftment of the quality of life, distinct trademarks of the school’s culture of excellence, employees and students possesses its skills and competencies that enables the institution in performing well within the school and the community. As employees and students imbibe within themselves the core values of the institution, extending services at their utmost ability in the community is one way of manifesting the desire to become socially aware and be involved in community development.
Thus, MCNP believes that change is inevitable giving us the reason to be catalysts of change with a unified goal to serve the community and larger society leading to the upliftment of their quality of life enclosed with these essential elements; Service oriented, Leadership and Character Building.
The approach to community engagement of the school includes three characteristics, and these are Access, Participation and Relevance. The institution specifically the Office of the Community Extension Services therefore makes its self-available to the community through staff/ students who channels the institution to other agencies and or community and the access through institution which directly links the school to other agencies and community. The institution’s participation refers to varying roles of the school and the community in programs and projects that may be classified as service-oriented as the school provides support to the community; through mutual exchange wherein the school and the community share both their resources and information; through cooperative engagement where both the school and the community work together in the implementation of specific projects; and through transformative engagement where in the community takes the lead in decision- making as the school provides necessary support to sustain the engagement.
Henceforth, all activities, programs and projects to be conducted should have its relevance to the development priorities taking into consideration institutional competency in response to the needs of the community.
- Provide professional and community service that would respond to the economic, political, socio- cultural aspects of a person’s life;
- Establish people’s organization that would seek to empower themselves and become responsible and productive citizens; and
- Build linkages and coordinate with non- government, government agencies and local government units in order to complement and supplement each other’s services and resources for the welfare of the target beneficiaries and partner communities.