Born in Sapian, Capiz in 1965, Kenneth Golez Occeño was among the first graduates of Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering at the Capiz Institute of Technology in 1988. A year after graduation, Occeño taught at the Industrial Technology department of his alma mater before joining the engineering faculty of what was to become Capiz State University.
As extension coordinator (2007–2009) and later chairman of CapSU Main Campus’s extension department (2009 to present), Occeño coordinated with LGUs in Capiz—including 2 municipalities and 3 barangays to conduct basic arc welding and beauty care skills trainings.
Currently the extension chairman of the Capiz State University Main Campus based in Roxas City, Occeño initiated the skills training activities of the Mobile Technology School (MTS), the brainchild of Dr. Manuel Perez’s extension program.
Since its inception in 2008, CapSU’s MTS initiated numerous extension activities under the provisions of CapSu’s agreement with Technical Education Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Department of Labor and Employment, and the province of Capiz.
From Milibili, Roxas City to barangay Bula in Mambusao town to Panitan, Capiz MTS has already graduated some 170 welders and 80 beauty care specialists to date—and counting. The extent of this extension work gained the praise of CapSU official who saw that in a short period under his leadership, CapSU Main’s extension program has been making a difference. Occeño takes pride in the growing number of welders and beauty care graduates across Capiz who have been texting them on the opportunities gained and businesses established in their own localities.
Occeño attributes this achievement to his MTS team composed of CapSU faculty including Nilma de los Santos, Juanita Acupinpin, Maridel Aminamin, Lee Bancoyo, Remar Apolinario and Josue Ajera. For the master of electrical engineering (Western Institute of Technology, 1998), extension work is an opportunity to help others—“isang uri ng trabaho para sa komunidad—ang abilidad at kakayahan natin ay mahalagang mapapakinabangan ng iba.” Occeño finds happiness from being able to impart his skills to others so they improve their lives.
The father of three—Arriane Joy, Pearl Joy and Kenlie Christian—has not stopped his continuing education. This licensed electrical engineer and professional teacher married to Mrs. Myrlie Occeño is currently pursuing his doctorate in industrial education at CapSU and hopes to graduate in two years.
For someone whose willingness to help others springs from the heart, extension work is always the best opportunity to help others help themselves.