GOINGS ON:Will giving inexpensive or free college to students help unemployment in future age of AI and robots?

Posted under great on May 14, 2017
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More women were represented in the digital class animation sector 3D animation to equip aspiring Filipino animators with the necessary skills essential to their success and critical to ongoing efforts of both public and private institutions to boost job creation within the animation industry in the country, the Bayan Academy’s Technical and Livelihood Center, in partnership with JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPMC), recently completed its Technopreneurship course on 2D and 3D Animation NC III in Quezon City. A total of 50 graduates received their certificates of completion from Bayan Academy for successfully completing 840 and 1,040 hours of classroom training in the 2D and 3D Animation NC III courses, respectively. They also finished at least 120 hours of internship which included project immersion to further enhance their competencies, and test their attitude and workplace relationships. Of the 50 graduates, 47 already passed the TESDA assessment; the remaining three are scheduled to take their tests.

Rising talent

One of the scholars is 21-year-old Pamela Ladrillo who is currently employed by a local animation studio. According to her, the training she received prepared her for the demands of the job. “I learned a lot from my training and while it is uncommon to find women animators, I’m confident that I can compete amongst the best in the industry. I am now a 3D animator but my employer—impressed with my work—saw my potential to do 3D modelling, too,” Pamela said.

For one of the grant beneficiaries, Marlon Rapsing, the course helped him fast-track his career in animation. “The skills I’ve learned, plus the exposure and training I’ve received helped me deliver high-value creative services which made me stand out from the competition,” he said. Rapsing is now with Tycoon Animation, the fastest-growing animation company in the Philippines, as a junior animator along with five former trainees.

Sharing Rapsing’s success story are six other graduates of the program who are now 2D and 3D animators in Dreamlords Digital, a direct-to-digital studio based in Las Vegas and Manila, specializing in games and gamified apps.

Another inspiring grantee is Marissa Cassica who left her previous work to pursue her passion. After finishing the program, she was accepted in September 2016 as an art- ist and production officer at SGNFX, an integrated in-house design and manufacturing company. After three months, she was promoted to operations division head managing at least 20 people from different departments such as administration, purchasing, design, sales and production.

“Through the program, I was able to improve my skills in layout, drawing, movement of figures, among others. The technopreneurship sessions helped me improve my management skills particularly in dealing with customers and my staff. As a breadwinner, the program also provided an opportunity for my family to improve our way of life,” she said.

With the support from Bayan Acade my,some of the freelance graduate artists are also in the process of forming their own Animator’s Guild, a group of young animators formally offering their creative services to industries offering jobs on animation and visual effects such as entertainment, media and advertising companies. One example is Philip Anthony Gaspar, awarded as the Best 3D Animator of the batch, who has since been rendering services to online clients and continues to develop game applications. Empowered breed of learners and educators With the era of advanced technology, the animation industry has definitely evolved providing opportunities for aspiring local animators and graphic artists to compete globally given the necessary training and tools.

According to a study conducted by Bayan Academy, the scholars were mostly millennials who strive for recognition and were committed to improving their craft regardless of the amount of time required to complete the training. Interestingly, 20 out of the 50 animation scholars were women; 11 of the graduates were high school teachers. The participation of women in high-tech, high-impact industry such as this is a breakthrough and one that is highly-encouraged.

As part of Bayan Academy’s efforts, Technology and Livelihood Education (TLE) teachers are also encouraged to participate to equip them with the necessary entrepreneurial knowledge to teach senior high school students under the K-12 program. They will also be invited to join the Teacher's Training in Technopreneurship, a program that is also supported by the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, in order to have access to Bayan Academy’s “bayanlearningsystem,” an online learning platform on entrepreneurship.

JPMorgan Chase & Co., one of the world's leading financial services firms, continues to make an impact in the country through its Foundation's support for programs that contribute to both workforce readiness and employment generation for disadvantaged communities, as well as, support for small businesses development and for marginalized people to access and benefit from affordable financial products.

Some believe that higher education is a ticket to the middle class or even the upper middle class. It's not true, unless of course you are a tenured professor at a college or university in higher education. Even if you are, the salaries, benefits, and pensions of these professors are as unsustainable as the current and ever-growing student loan debt bubble crisis. This concept of "everyone going to college" is not the answer to a strong middle class or low unemployment in our ever increasing technological world of robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) doing the jobs of humans.

In fact, in other nations like Saudi Arabia and Ireland where college is free, their economies have nearly collapsed anyway and all those students, now graduated with degrees still do not have full-time employment. Let's discuss all this for a moment.

There was a rather troubling article on Futurism in April 2017 titled "With Automation Looming, the US Needs To Make Education Affordable Or Fail," by Patrick Caughill, which caught my eye, and had me asking, "Or else what?" The article had a few interesting quotes as you might suspect, here is one:

"A well-rounded liberal arts education can provide this to its students," guaranteeing they will be able to adapt with the technological changes in the future of work. "Oh really?" I dare to ask, where is the evidence of that?

This quote was from Willard Dix, college admissions expert and guest writer to Forbes Business Magazine.

The article when on to state: "A liberal arts education provides a multi-faceted view of the world. It enables students to see beyond one perspective, encouraging them to understand others' even if they don't agree. It instructs us to base our opinions on reason, not emotion."

I just find this so odd, and my observations of Snowflake Students who are required to take electives for their general liberal arts degree such classes as Gender Studies seem to graduate brain-washed, and definitely not anyone I'd ever care to hire in my company, and I cannot image any corporation worth its salt calling such attributes (mind numbed and brain dead) worthy of employment.

Nevertheless, the article went on to state:"At a time of increasing polarization, dialogue and understanding are invaluable qualities. Even disciplines that are thought to be exclusively ‘fact-based’ such as the STEM fields, can greatly benefit from a liberal arts focus, as critical thinking skills are what allow individuals to analyze and make meaning from new information and move fluidly through society and careers."

Now let me ask you, my reader, something. Since when does denying your actual observations and calling them something else to ensure political correctness help you in “fact based” work? Answer: it can't and won't, not now, not ever. Further, the so-called polarization in our politics is being caused by these very institutions brainwashing our kids to think a different way, a way which is not natural or reality based to life on Earth.

If higher institutions were really teaching kids to think, they wouldn't tell them what to think and then make them memorize the “deemed appropriate” answer to regurgitate onto the test. Not only that, but if a student shows initiative and asks questions, or has an opposing view they are marked down, we know this is true, and we also know that dissenting opinions to global socialism are not even permitted on campus anymore, not conservative, or libertarian views allowed. Scary thought indeed. No, we don't need inexpensive college or free college for everyone to ensure employment in the future age of AI and robotics, we need to teach kids to think, and you know what, you don't need college for that, in fact, you may need to skip college these days if you want to learn to actually think for yourself. Please think on that.

Lance Winslow has launched a new provocative series of eBooks on the Future of Education. Lance Winslow is a retired Founder of a Nationwide Franchise Chain, and now runs the Online Think Tank; http://www.worldthinktank.net.

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