Even though iCollege – previously known as Stanford Computer and Business College – has been in existence since 1997, it has recently opened its doors in Randfontein to offer quality free education to the youth of the West Rand.
They currently have more than 20 000 active students on 16 campuses across eight provinces. They are also planning to open three more campuses by December to keep up with the demand for free education.
iCollege is provisionally registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) as well as all the relevant Sector Education and Training Authorities (Setas), and currently presents courses accredited according to the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Levels 2–5. They are thus focusing on courses that feed into the demand in the marketplace for jobs.
“We believe the youth of South Africa have the right to quality affordable education. We embrace working with Government, DHET and other organisations to ensure this opportunity is presented to them,” said Pierre Eksteen, Campus Manager.
“The iCollege motto is based on the belief that we all have a responsibility to invest in our youth and give them the opportunity to secure better futures for them and their families, thus contributing to a greater South Africa.”
Free education is offered to unemployed South African citizens between the ages of 18 and 28 and presents students with full scholarships to the value of R32 400 per student per course.
“We have partnered with various sponsor companies, who pay the study fees on behalf of our students. Students are only required to pay a once-off registration fee of R600 to secure their scholarships. Books are also paid for by the sponsors,” Pierre said.
He went on to explain that students attend classes three times a week to ensure that they are not overloaded, have sufficient time to complete all required assignments and are found competent in all unit standards.
What’s more, students must earn a mandatory income while studying, and recruiting other students forms part of their scholarship obligations. For every new student that enrolls, the recruiter is paid a once-off commission which can be used for paying their registration fees, or for transport or family obligations.
“We believe that this principle teaches our students discipline and ensures commitment towards their responsibilities, and furthermore lifts the burden off families – which in most cases are already severely financially challenged,” he concluded.
Registration for January 2018 is now open and all qualifying young people are advised to register before January to secure their free education. Seats are limited, therefore all interested persons are advised to enroll as soon as possible. Certified copies of the applicant’s ID and last exam results are required. Payment of registration fees can be arranged.
If you are interested, send an SMS or WhatsApp to 084 320 2289; email [email protected], or contact 010 492 4012.
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