AS A BEACON for young dreamers in conquering the skies, the International Cabin Attendant Training School (ICATS) has been successfully fulfilling new hopes by providing top-notch academic training for aspirants in the past few years. In celebration of its seventh founding anniversary, ICATS reminisces its dynamic history while keeping motivated to meet the challenges of the future.
Established in 2009 by Princess Joy Garcia (CEO and cofounder), Arthuro de Leon and the late Armie Guiao, ICATS has been steadfast in its mission to meet the demands of the airline service industry by helping Filipino dreamers reach their highest potentials.
Back in 2010, ICATS launched its first batch with only three enrollees. But the ICATS team was not discouraged — the challenges they faced fired up their desire to succeed, with the next batches showing great potential for ICATS to soar higher. The rapid increase of enrollees in 2014 required ICATS to transfer to a bigger venue with more classrooms. “God was faithful to ICATS that in 2017, the school continued to expand its wings by moving to a more spacious venue to further accommodate the continuous rise of enrollees,” said Ms. Garcia.
What started as a noble dream for Princess and her team has transformed into a school — now one of the most reputable and fully accredited professional training schools in the country. Through a modern curriculum and 30day intensive course, ICATS has assisted graduates in their transition from flight school students to professional airline personnel via a job assistance program.
“ICATS believes that its success is the fruit of a team that works together with one mission, passion and vision. Every member has an integral role in the organization. Its people, who are experts in their own fields, are the wings behind ICATS’ success. The expansion emboldened the country’s top flight attendant school to not only hire more people but also to serve more students in the hope that ICATS can change their lives for the betterment of their families,” said Ms. Garcia.
To date, ICATS has provided the hospitality airline industry with more than 200 highly trained graduates who now hold vital positions in prestigious local and international commercial airlines such as Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, Emirates, Qatar Airways, Oman Air, Fly Nas, Saudi Arabian Airlines Air Asia, among others.
As a growing family and as a team, ICATS is enjoined by common thrusts that propels it further to become better. Early this year, ICATS launched the “ICATS Cabin Trainer” — a mock room that is a replica of an aircraft’s Business and Economy class setting.
The countdown leading to ICATS anniversary is meaningfully marked with special events that include community-giving and volunteer activities. Led by Princess, the ICATS family conducted a series of outreach visitation in seven charity institutions which includes Precious Heritage Children’s Home TahanangBalik Alay Home for the Golden Gays, Creative Milestone Learning Center, Children’s Home of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Children’s Home of Eucharistic Love and Kindness, and Margaretha Home for the Blind.
This was followed by a Dedication and Worship Service held last April 5 at the ICATS campus in Tektite Building, Ortigas Center and a blood letting donation conducted in partnership with the Philippine Red Cross.
To conclude the celebration is the ICATS 7th Founding Anniversary Grand Gala Night with the theme “Rejoicing Years of Passion, Advancing the Mission” which was held last April 7 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. The ICATS founding family will reconnect with students, faculty, partners and former graduates.
“It is both a privilege and honor to witness this milestone. Indeed, it is truly a dream come true for me, a journey that led to many more fulfilled dream. As we celebrate this milestone, we will continue to shines and commit ourselves to professional excellence and leadership, all while remaining grounded on our best teaching practices and positivity-building philosophies,” Princess said.