The first STI branch in 1983
“First we’ll teach you then we’ll hire you!” This was the unique value proposition that our forefathers thought which until now is still what Systems Technology Institute or STI is all about. August 23, 1983 was the day when Augusto C. Lagman, Herman T. Gamboa, Benjamin A. Santos and Edgar H. Sarte came together to set up a training center that delivers basic programming education to professionals and students who want to learn this new skill.
The first two schools that were inaugurated were in Buendia, Makati and España in Manila which offered basic computer programming courses. Since computer literacy was on a rise on that time the franchise added three more franchises in Binondo, Cubao and Taft. The trend would continue with STI gaining more than 100 branches before the school celebrated its 18th year in 2001. That year saw the changing of the guard as STI dropped the Systems Technology Institute name and rebranded as STI College and Mr. Eusebio H. Tanco took over as Chairman of the STI Education Services Group.
Mr. Tanco brought in a more professional approach to the school as he got former Petron head honcho Monico V. Jacob to “reformat” STI. Their partnership together with the new breed of STI Executives clicked as the network experienced growth year in and year out. The new management created better benchmarks and set out once in for all that STI is in the business of Education and not a business masquerading as a school.
Once known as a computer learning center, a technical vocational school, STI eventually offered 4-year Computer Science courses, Computer Engineering Courses and lately computer enhanced courses which includes Nursing, Business Managment, Hotel and Restaurant Management and eventually other courses that will be in demand in the future. The network currently serves close to 70,000 students nationwide and will hopefully grow in the next few years. The STI Campuses in Southwoods, Sta. Rosa, Dasmarinas, Cagayan de Oro City, Fairview, Novaliches, Tacurong, Malolos and Ortigas-Cainta will be joined by other schools that are now upgrading the facilities in their respective schools namely our branches in Caloocan, Cubao, Las Pinas, Calamba, Cebu, and Vigan.
From “First we’ll teach you then we’ll hire you” to “Enrollment to Employment” STI has gone a long way in providing quality computer enhanced education. I am so happy, lucky and proud to be part of an institution like STI. Here’s to the next thirty more years.