The International Cabin Attendant Training School or ICATS celebrated its 9th Anniversary with their groundbreaking new programs and the introduction of their new scholars. ICATS moving onwards with more new heights to conquer.
ICATS was once the dream of its CEO Princess Joy Garcia and her co-founders. Now, reality has taken place and it is now the country’s premier flight attendant school. It is established in 2009 and it has been helping Filipinos pursue their dream career as a flight attendant through its innovative programs taught by top-notch and modern facilities.
The story of its humble beginning started way back in 2010 with just 3 enrollees. Still, persistent to make ICATS a premiere school for flight attendants they continue until 2014, ICATS experienced a rapid increase in enrollees, which prompted the schools to transfer to a bigger venue to accommodate all their students. By 2017, ICATS geared for another expansion and transferred to its current location at the Philippine Stock Exchange Center in Pasig where they created the Cabin Trainer, a replica of an aircraft’s Business and Economy class setting for aircraft familiarization, emergency procedures, and in-flight services to give trainees a better grasp on real-world scenarios.
Currently, ICATS has more than 1,173 graduates who hold vital positions in prestigious local and international commercial airlines such as Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, Emirates, Qatar Airways, Oman Air, Saudi Arabian Airlines, and Air Asia, among others.
Just recently, the school became of the few TESDA-accredited flight attendant schools in the country and is a recipient of TESDA’s Elite Business and Leadership Awards in 2019, which will be awarded in May, for its exemplary training programs.
As the innovations in aviation goes on and brings more changes, so is ICATS. Through the years, ICATS has made its name in the airline service industry and in recent years has expanded its offerings to cater professionals in other industries.
“Our vision has always been for each of our graduates the best and this applies not just to aspiring flight attendants but to professionals who work in a customer-oriented capacity. We want to continue molding students and working professionals into knowledgeable, dependable and confident individuals in and outside of the airline service industry through our existing and new programs,” shared by Garcia.
ICATS core programs are Cabin Crew, Campus and Corporate. Under the Cabin Crew program are in-depth courses provided like the Direct flight Program, Red-Eye Flight Program (for working professionals who want to shift to a flight attendant career), and Connecting Flight Program (developed for aspirants who are living outside of Metro Manila). The Campus Program also offers 3 courses, the Flight 101 (Introduction to the Life of a Flight Attendant), Flight 102 (Improving Personal Skills to Become an Airline Professional), and Flight 103 (Transforming Flight Attendant Dreams to Reality). And the last is the Corporate Program, which caters to employees in the professional arena, particularly those in people-oriented positions.
With the celebration of ICATS 9th Anniversary, the school brings new wave of programs. The Corporate Image Enhancement Program, which tackles dressing for success and cultivating a positive corporate image. The Wave Program is an onboarding program designed to help a company’s Human Resources team articulate its vision, mission and core values to employees with the goal of building a strong organizational culture. Lastly, the Me After College program that seeks to help fresh graduates make the transition from student to professional as smoothly as possible. Enrollees learn about image enhancement and job interview essentials to prepare them for the next phase of their life and help them land their dream job.
Still, as part of its 9th Anniversary celebration, ICATS grants 9 full scholarships to bright and deserving individuals. Chosen from hundreds of applicants, these 9 aspirants all have different backgrounds and come from various parts of the country. Former BPO employee Ferdinand Adriano form Pangasinan, insurance professional Kristel Adriano from Bulacan, former overseas worker Hakim Bonsalagan from Isabela, accounting graduate Franz Calvelo from Marikina, former Cebu airport intern Jessa Mae Cartagenas of Cebu, Sangguniang Kabataan Councilor Kiara Celine Cruz from Bulacan, entrepreneurship graduate Diana Ruth Dones from Taguig, events professional Marie Erika Grajo from Quezon City, and tourism graduate Maria Milvette Lacatan from Taguig. All these scholars will undergo training in all 3 of ICATS’ curricula and are on their way to having a bright future in the skies.