Bridge to a better future
PIMSAT COLLEGES started in 1983 as the Philippine Institute for Maritime Studies (PIMS) in Labrador, Pangasinan, initially as a vocational school for maritime courses. It was organized and founded by Atty. Rebene Carrera, a maritime and labor law practitioner, in line with his vision to establish a non-sectarian quality and inexpensive educational institution. As a non-stock and non-profit corporation, it was registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on January 15, 1983.
In 1989, PIMSAT Colleges started offering Certificates in Marine Engineering and in Marine Transportation as it changed its name from PIMS to the Philippine Institute for Maritime Studies and Technology (PIMSAT). In the same year, its founder, Atty. Carrera, organized the POBAR Marine Services, Inc., which became a leading manning company in Manila. The firm then pursued a joint venture with IINO Marine Services, an international shipping company in Tokyo, Japan. In accordance with the partnership, IINO and POBAR will source their crew from the deserving graduates of PIMSAT Colleges. With this arrangement, several graduates of PIMSAT Colleges were able to obtain overseas employment as seamen in POBAR-managed vessels. There are also graduates who were able to man vessels of different maritime companies and most of them now occupy sensitive positions on board these vessels that ply the international route.
An ISO-9001 and Det Norske Veritas (DNV)-certified College, PIMSAT Colleges has produced alumni who are competent and highly disciplined, as observed by different shipping companies worldwide. The institution’s maritime programs achieved full compliance to Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and IMO requirements, to become one of few maritime colleges in the Philippines allowed to operate maritime programs.
The College is also internationally recognized by the Dets Norske Veritas of Norway, the American Association of Health Academies, and the International Institution of Public Opinion, with a citation as an Outstanding Higher Education Institution.
On August 12, 1996, PIMSAT Colleges adopted its present name and expanded its academic offerings. Aside from its flagship maritime programs (Bachelors of Science in Marine Transportation and Marine Engineering), CHED granted the College the authority to offer Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Hotel and Restaurant Management, Electronic and Communications Engineering, and Criminology beginning Academic Year 2000-2001.
In addition to these programs, the College also started offering Technical Educational and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)-approved vocational courses, namely, Six-month Caregiver, One-year Electronic Technology, One-year Electrical Technology, One-year Machine Shop Practice, One-year Seafarer Rating Course major in Steward, Deck or Engine, One-year Auto Diesel Mechanic; Two-year HRM, Machine Shop, Welding and Air-conditioning Tech, and Computer Technician.
In the Academic Year 2001-2002, the College was given the authority by CHED to offer B.S. in Business Administration, Secondary Education major in Mathematics, Elementary Education, and Civil Engineering; B.S. in Accountancy, Information Technology, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, and Computer Engineering the following academic year; and B.S. in Nursing in the ensuing academic year.
Recently, the College entered into a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Magsaysay Institute of Shipping and Magsaysay and the Mitsui OSK Lines of Japan for partnership in the development of quality maritime education graduates. The agreement was signed in fitting ceremonies on January 23, 2007 at the Magsaysay Institute of Shipping Campus in Dasmariñas, Cavite by College president Atty. Carrera, Magsaysay Shipping Company Institute director Dr. Restituto Villaruz, Magsaysay Maritime Corporation Chief Operating Officer Marlon Roño, and Capt. MOTR (representing the Mitsui OSK Lines, Ltd. of Japan) manager Yuji Nishihara. The agreement also calls for continuing and regular development of the faculty of PIMSAT Colleges and assures the College’s graduates immediate and direct maritime employment in the international shipping companies.
oon to be renamed the Carrera Cambridge College, PIMSAT Colleges is now a multi-disciplined institution of higher learning in suburban Dagupan City where quality education is made affordable, as manifested by the government’s recognition of all its programs, its ISO certification by DNV, and its reputation of offering one of the lowest fees in the region among private institutions.
The College is an institution that aims to build dollar-earning careers, as evidenced by the horde of its successful alumni in and outside the country. It produces marine technology, marine engineering, and HRM graduates to man the local and international shipping industry. The maritime industry is experiencing shortage of competent marine personnel, thus, the Magsaysay Institute of Shipping (MIS) has entered into a partnership with the College, wherein its maritime students will be absorbed by the former upon graduation, though subject to a strict enrolment selection process and rigid training system. The College provides modern and adequate facilities both in its campuses and on-the–job training (OJT) sites in the consortium. Faculty members are well trained and supervised to assure the delivery of high quality education.
The College also produces technical workers from several vocational courses using the ladderized course system leading to college degree programs. For example, taking the Two-year Sea Rating course leads to attaining B.S. in Marine Transportation or Marine Engineering or HRM. The Automotive Technology course is also a stepping stone to B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Electronic Technology can also be a ladder to B.S. in Electrical or Electronic and Communication Engineering. Practical Nursing, Health Care Services, Caregiver’s Course and Medical Transcription Course all lead to B.S. in Nursing. Soon, the College will also produce call center agents and medical transcriptionists.
The College provides all the necessary facilities conducive to learning, secluded from the city nuisances and pollution. These include dormitory facilities, where proper values and attitudes are assimilated with the guidance of the college administrator. Several scholarship programs, where poor but deserving students are provided free tuition fee and other benefits and privileges, are also offered by the College. Its guidance office is open on school days for scholarship examination of any of the several sponsors that the college has.
he College of Maritime Education carries the flagship programs of PIMSAT Colleges, namely, One-year Seafaring Rating Course major in Deck, Engine, and Stewardship, B.S. in Marine Transportation, and Marine Engineering.
The institution’s partnership with the Magsaysay Institute of Shipping transforms college education to a pre-employment training program, providing the best training a modern shipping firm requires.
As of late, under the ladderized education espoused by CHED and TESDA, the maritime programs are under the competency-based curriculum, as mandated by an executive order of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
Aside from maritime education, the College of Nursing is also given the same attention to qualify as another
flagship program of the college, since a bulk of the budget was used to develop the physical and human infrastructure needed for its development.
n the not so distant future, PIMSAT Colleges is envisioned as a quality technology and science university in Pangasinan and Northern Luzon. This it will achieve gradually through the years, as the institution further develops strong programs in the scientific and technological fields by attaining high level of excellence in its flagship programs.
The vision will be supported with the pursuit of a developed level of instruction in the nursing program, and allied medical professions. It will also expand to other campuses where it will competitively grow and develop in the service of the Filipinos for wider access to qualify tertiary education.
To buttress the development of these areas, the institution will pursue a higher level of quality of instruction in the arts and sciences, education, accountancy, engineering, and entrepreneurial business. It will also strive to attain higher than the national passing percentage of graduates in the professional licensure examinations.
To attain these goals, the college will relentlessly pursue the recognition of its flagship and support programs as centers of excellence through voluntary accreditation with local and international accrediting agencies.
Likewise, the research and development programs of the institution will be strengthened in support of the development of quality instruction and in its contribution to the national, social and economic development efforts of the government.