Launched on Apr 16, Setiu Community College in Terengganu became the 100th community college – the latest to be built in Malaysia since the inception of community colleges in 2001.

The latest addition was a manifestation of the Government’s commitment to catering to the high demand of such colleges.

“The marketability rate for community colleges is at 96.7%, which means almost all the students are able to get jobs,” said Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh.

He said with the community colleges, the Government hopes to implement TVET (Technical and Vocational Education and Training) programmes to ensure that the country’s young workforce is continuously exposed to new skills.

He also said that almost all community college graduates have managed to secure jobs upon graduation.

“To date, 96.7% out of 150,000 community college graduates all over the country have secured a job.

“All the courses offered are not sophisticated but they are highly sought-after in the work industry like automotive, pastry and haircutting courses.

“The learning concept at community colleges is based on real-life work processes which include theory and practical depending on the needs of industry,” he said.

A total of 48 certificate and 17 diploma courses are offered by community colleges, ranging from fashion, automotive maintenance, wiring, culinary, animation and building technology programmes with 150,000 graduates as of last year.

Almost 99% of the education fee at community colleges are fully paid by the government, students are also given monetary allowance especially those who come from the lower income group of less than RM3,000.

In 2013, there were only 88 community colleges nationwide.