Meet your new leaders — not as a result of a snap General Elections, but the University’s pilot batch of trainees for a new leadership training program, the Lasallian University-wide Preparatory Extensive Training (LUPET).
The leadership program is a joint initiative under the Office of the Vice President for Administration and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Lasallian Mission. The program courses through the different administrative and academic offices of DLSU and is open to undergraduates with at least one term remaining at DLSU, and to alumni who have graduated within the past academic year.
Under LUPET, the trainee works directly beside a DLSU administrator, and will gain firsthand experience and on-the-job training in administrative roles pertinent to the assigned office’s functions.
Upon completion of the two-year program , trainees may sign into the DLSU administrative office where they completed their training module under a new position called Junior Administrator.
The program will formally start within the first term of AY 2014 – 2015.
“Transformative learning is a tenet of Lasallian education,” says DLSU President and Chancellor Br. Ricky Laguda FSC. “The leadership trainee program exemplifies the diverse ways a student can grow to be future leaders.”
The right-hand side
Interested applicants are required to meet a 2.80 CGPA. Jose Rizal Honors Society inducted candidates and loyalty awardees are preferred, and Lasallians with excellent communication skills are being eyed to become LUPET trainees. Vice President for Administration Edwin Santiago explains that a trainee’s leadership skills remain paramount among the other application requirements. A candidate’s work ethics will be a factor to consider, too.
Santiago furthers that LUPET places a premium in leadership experience. “The ideal candidate must at least have around two years experience in a leadership position in any student organization, such as the University Student Government (USG), or Council of Student Organizations,” he shares.
The program is also tailored to the trainee’s office, skills and abilities. Santiago says, “The mentor-student arrangement serves an important function not only in training Junior Administrators, but to also oversee that the leader typifies the Lasallian name, especially in light of DLSU’s market launch.”
Though not officially disclosed, reliable sources hint that trainees can get allowance to compensate for the services rendered. For trainees enrolled in the University, the program offers full scholarship and a monthly stipend of P15,000. Alumni candidates are expected to receive around P30,000 a month, similar to what multinational companies pay their management trainees.
Pilot batch and pioneers
The LUPET screening committee, comprised of top administrators and directors, listed students qualified as “LUPET Pioneers”, a fond name for the first LUPET batch.
“We picked Pioneers from this batch of student leaders and recent alumni,” states Vice Chancellor for Lasallian Mission Br. Michael Broughton FSC. “We consulted the Board of Trustees and our screening committee through the selection process, nomination. These trainees were matched based on their skills and experience to the administrative position they may contribute most.”
Candidates are expected to submit requirements, to undergo a series of interviews, and to participate in a two-day business case analysis in order to qualify for the program.
Several prominent personalities who made the cut include outgoing USG President Migi Moreno and former Vice President for Internal Affairs Robert Hechanova.
In response, Moreno expresses his appreciation but states he is “still very much weighing options” regarding the said project, which would conflict with his plans to go to law school after graduation.
“Probably instead of going to companies and industries, it’s a way of giving back,” says Moreno, “which would be probably enticing for a lot of our students.”
Broughton explains that the LUPET is advantageous over usual postgraduate options. “First, trainees given an opportunity to be actively involved in making changes within DLSU, beyond serving a smaller constituency like in the USG. It broadens their network and exposes them to real institutional building,” he says.
Meanwhile, Hechanova has been offered a position in the Office of Student LIFE or to continue his track in Campus Services. Honored though still undecided, Hechanova believes that the program will become an avenue for growth for other student leaders.
Other selected Pioneers include EXCEL2014 Legislative Assembly Representative Gregg Tolentino for a seat in the Enrollment Committee and incumbent Chief Legislator Wendy Peñafiel for a Legal Counselor position. The LaSallian’s own Editor in Chief, Juan Batalla, is also slated to be trained under the Office for Strategic Communications (STRATCOM).
The administrative counterparts of the selected student leaders, on the other hand, have communicated their approval for the program.
University Registrar Voltaire Mistades comments how the Office of the University Registrar (OUR) has been preparing. “It’s exciting to have Mr. Tolentino, who graciously accepted the Enrollment Committee stint. We have done measures in order to secure a smooth flow of the project in our office, such as revised shifting schedules. We hope that other offices involved in LUPET will do the same.”
When reached for comment, Tolentino expresses his high hopes for the effectiveness of the new program. He adds that he plans to organize efforts in making enrollment schedules more accessible for students, especially for those with failures.
For those interested, Broughton states that interested candidates could apply to be a part of the next batch of trainees in Term 2, AY 2014 – 2015. Programs under the Vice Chancellor for Academics and under the Accounting Office are currently being developed just in time for the LUPET second batch screening.