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ICATS: 7 Years of Fulfilling Dreams

The International Cabin Attendant Training School (ICATS), a fully-accredited training center for aspiring flight attendants, recently celebrated its 7th founding anniversary at the Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria in Quezon City.

With the theme, “Rejoicing years of passion, fulfilling dreams,” the event reaffirmed ICATS’ role in providing top-notch academic training to make life better for Filipinos who want to see the world and conquer the skies. It was part of a three-day celebration that began on April 5, 2017 and was marked by various activities, including community and volunteer work. The special gathering was graced by ICATS officers headed by Princess Joy Garcia, CEO and co-founder, staff and faculty members, as well as students, alumni, partners, and special guests.

To mark its seven fruitful years in business, ICATS earlier conducted a series of outreach programs in seven charity institutions, namely, Precious Heritage Children’s Home, Tahanang Balik Alay, Home for the Golden Gays, Creative Milestone Learning Center (School for Special Kids), 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 bloodletting activity at the ICATS office on April 6, 2017 in partnership with the Philippine Red Cross (PRC). PRC Chair Senator Richard Gordon was the guest of honor. On that day, ICATS and PRC also signed a memorandum of agreement to seal their corporate partnership.

The celebration culminated on April 7, 2017 when the ICATS founders, students, faculty, graduates, and partners once again gathered for the Grand Gala Night at the Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria. Atty. Oscar Palabyab, former undersecretary of Tourism and PRC secretary general, was the keynote speaker.

ICATS was established by Garcia, a frustrated flight attendant, in 2009 to aid those who share her dream of flying high and enable them to reach for the sky. Although she trained hard to be a flight stewardess, Garcia failed to make it because of health reasons. This prompted her to put up ICATS together with Arthuro “Arth” De Leon and the late Carmelita “Armie” Guiao who both shared Garcia’s mission, passion, and vision of helping young trainees become certified flight attendants.

“Becoming a flight attendant was a dream that never became real for me. I went to different training schools to acquire the necessary skills and knowledge, but nothing materialized because God had a better plan,” Garcia revealed.

Garcia’s persistence paid off. From only three students in April 2010, ICATS slowly but surely grew and there was a rapid increase of enrollees in 2014. This forced them to transfer to a bigger office with more classrooms. To accommodate the increasing number of students this year, ICATS again transferred to a more spacious place and is now based at 907-A East Tower of the Philippine Stock Exchange Center in Ortigas Center, Pasig City.

To date, ICATS has produced over 200 highly-trained graduates who now work in prestigious local and international commercial airlines, such as Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, Emirates, Qatar Airways, Oman Air, Fly Nas, Saudi Arabian Airlines, and Air Asia.

With a curriculum based on standards set by international flight attendant schools, ICATS’ competitive courses include personality development, aircraft familiarization, emergency situations and procedures, on-board services, and interview essentials. Students also get hands-on training from experienced airline instructors.

“The next chapter of ICATS’ history will be the most challenging and exciting chapter yet. The school will continue to passionately serve others and become a vessel of hope, especially to the young ones who are brimming with dreams to see the world,” Garcia said.

“We will relentlessly continue the mission, not only in developing trainees into becoming full-fledged flight attendants, but to teach them the true meaning of life, namely, leadership, integrity, faith, and excellence. Without the F, everything is just a lie,” she concluded.

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