Deanship of Community Service and Continuing Education

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The Deanship Community Service and Continuing Education conducted a variety of training courses and diploma programs in the 1439-40 academic year.


The Deanship offered more than 55 programs this year including: Internet Security, Cybercrime: Challenges and Processes, Effective Communication Skills, Scientific Research Skills, Process Management Engineering, Total Quality Management, Electronic Archiving and Human Resources Management, and Computers in Office Management. The Deanship has also completed six diploma programs including: Applied Programming, Office Management, English, Associate Diploma in Resource Management, and Associate's in Health Management.


The university's Bader Volunteer Team completed five community service initiatives in which more than 100 students participated. These included programs such as 'The Effects of Drug Use', a Ramadan food basket distribution, and initiative education courses. The deanship also collaborated with various public social service agencies in the Asir region.


Dean of Community Service and Continuing Education, Dr. Omar Alwan Ageel, explained that the deanship's programs goal is to match the needs of the community and the job market with qualified graduates ready to fulfill those needs. Providing employment and volunteer outreach initiatives are important aspects of both regional and national development.

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King Khalid University Rector, His Excellency Prof. Falleh Al-Solamy, led the graduation ceremony for the 210 female students receiving diplomas in applied education programs at the university at the Al-Lasan Campus.


Under the patronage of His Excellency Rector Al-Solamy, the Deanship of Community Service and Continuing Education celebrated the graduation of 210 female students from the applied diplomas program at the Deanship, in the presence of Vice Rector, Dr. Khuloud Abu Melha.


The ceremony began with the national anthem. In her opening remarks, Assistant Dean of Community Service and Continuing Education, Dr. Abeer Al-Medawi, congratulated the graduates. She thanked the Rector and Vice Rector for Academic Development and Quality, Dr. Merzin Al-Shahrani, for their unwavering support of the program. She also thanked the Dean of the Community Service and Continuing Education program, Dr. Omar Ageel, for all of his efforts during the academic year.


Representing the graduating class, student Nouf Saleh Muhi, expressed her gratitude to the university and all of its faculty and staff for providing a wonderful educational opportunity. She said that the university experience will play a big part in each alumni's future success.


The ceremony concluded with Vice Rector Abu Melha honoring the students and wishing them well in all of their future endeavors.

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On Thursday, the Dean of Community Service and Continuing Education, Dr. Omar Alwan Ageel, sponsored the graduation ceremony for the Applied Diploma programs at the Al-Lasan campus. In his opening remarks, Dean Ageel congratulated the diploma program graduates for all of their hard work and success in their courses of study. He remarked that the graduates are a vital part of the Kingdom's economic engine and future development plans.


Dean Ageel thanked His Excellency Rector Al-Solanmy and the Vice Rector of Academic Development and Quality, Dr. Merzin Al-Shahrani, for their encouragement and support of the diploma programs. Dean Ageel also thanked the staff of the Deanship for their continuous and distinguished efforts promoting the programs and the university.


Vice Dean of Community Service and Continuing Education, Dr. Yasser Al-Madath, said in his speech that they were recognizing 60 new graduates representing 3 areas of study: including the Applied Programming in Computer Science, Health Management and Business Management.


Graduating student Ahmed Al-Shehri thanked King Khalid University and the Deanship of Community Service and Continuing Education on behalf of all graduates for providing educational opportunities. He further noted that he and his classmates are looking forward to their careers and to assuming leadership positions in our society.


At the end of the ceremony, the Dean of Community Service and Continuing Education honored the graduating students and took photographs with the graduates on this occasion.

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The university recently held a workshop for female drivers. Vice-Rector of Female Student Affairs, Dr. Khlood Abu Melha, organized the event, with Mrs. Badriya Al-Sharif presenting. The purpose of the event was to help females successfully and safely integrate into the Kingdom’s population of drivers.


The workshop covered a number of topics including motor vehicle technology and operation, road safety, traffic regulations and risk mitigation. The speaker also reviewed how females can obtain driver training, and the steps to getting a driver’s license. Assistant Dean, Dr. Abeer Mahfoz, explained that the workshop aimed to help women approach driving in an informed and confident manner. The university will be hosting similar workshops in the future.

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The women's division of the Khamis Mushait Community College held a workforce skill and qualifications forum on Sunday 10th of Rajab in the college theater. The Community Service and Continuing Education committee organized the event in collaboration with the college's Alumni Association.


The purpose of the forum was to review the various employment opportunities available to female college graduates. A number of government agencies and private enterprises participated in the program including:


  • Al-Ghunaim Trading Company Limited (the forum sponsor);
  • Landmark Group;
  • The Wataniya National Employment Office;
  • Al Khaleej Training and Education Company;
  • Alinma Bank.


The forum was well attended with both students and members of the public. The forum participants included community college students/graduates who now have substantial employment histories. Ms. Rafta Al-Shahrani and Ms. Wejdan Al-Shahrani made presentations sharing their respective educational and professional journeys with an enthusiastic crowd. Later the organizers held a Q&A session.


Community College Assistant Dean, Dr. Amal Mushait, led the closing ceremony. She thanked all of the organizers and participants for making the event a success. She also said, 'We are proud of our skilled and hardworking graduates. These women help ensure that the region and the entire Kingdom have a highly motivated and capable workforce'.

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Community service and outreach is a central function of institutions of higher learning throughout the Kingdom. Under the leadership of King Khalid University Rector, Prof. Falleh R. M. Al-Solamy, the supervision of Academic Development and Quality Vice Rector, Dr. Merzin Al-Shahrani, and the planning and hard work of Community Service and Continuing Education Dean, Dr. Omar Aqeel, King Khalid University is at the forefront for community service activities. The Deanship of Community Service and Continuing Education at King Khalid University concluded the first-semester activity programs for the 1439-40 academic year. 21 training programs with over 760 participants highlighted the activities. Dean Aqeel noted that these programs are designed to help meet the needs of the labor market in accordance with the 4th strategic goal of Vision 2030. He said: 'Increasing the employment rate within the Kingdom is critical. Enhanced labor participation through higher education and training programs is a fundamental goal. Achieving this will improve the economy, lead to greater productivity, and will inure to the benefit of everyone in our society'. He further noted that vocational training would be exceptionally helpful for the younger generation who will be entering the labor market in large numbers in the coming years.


Dean Aqeel stressed that volunteer work especially that which gives time, energy, and expertise to others, is a hallmark of the most advanced societies and the pinnacle of human development. 'Our work is founded upon clearly delineated goals and values and is closely supervised. This will ensure that our projects will remain focused, effective, and immune to potential misuse', said Dr. Aqeel. He then explained that our 10-program/100-volunteer Bader Initiative is linked to the 2020 National Transformation Program through the 5th strategic goal. This encourages volunteer work in conjunction with nonprofit organizations. He then highlighted that 20 community partnership programs were formed that benefitted approximately 6,000. These programs require creativity, personal sacrifice, and hard work; all of which must be maintained under the penumbra of our core values that make the Kingdom what it is today.


Dean Aqeel added that the Deanship offered a number of critical need advanced diploma programs, noting that 6 programs were rolled-out last semester with approximately 300 participants. These programs were designed in accord with the lauded goals as set forth in the 2020 National Transformation Program and Vision 2030.


Through a variety of programs, the Deanship of Community Service and Continuing Education is raising the skills and capabilities of the general public. By encouraging communication and developing partnerships among various entities across the Kingdom, the university is also creating synergies among the various stakeholders leading to exponential improvements within our schools and our communities.

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On the 27th of Rabīʿ Al-Awwal, HRH Prince Faisal bin Khalid bin Abdulaziz, Asir Governor, met with His Excellency King Khalid University Rector, Prof. Falleh R. M. Al-Solamy, and the first Badir Volunteer Group, in his office regarding the 'We Are All Volunteers Campaign' and other related initiatives. Also in attendance were the Regional Council and numerous government entity directors.

At the beginning of the meeting, HRH Prince Faisal bin Khalid welcomed the guests. After that, Community Service and Continuing Education Dean, Dr. Omar Alwan Ageel, commended the decisive role HRH Prince Faisal bin Khalid bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and HRH Prince Turkey bin Talal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Asir Deputy Governor, hold in supporting the region's and university's sustainable development and growth. Dean Ageel explained that this meeting coincides with International Volunteer Day, which has been globally recognized beginning in the year 1985. He then noted that volunteering to help other individuals, our communities and people in other countries plays a substantial role in leading an exemplary life. Non-profit work, he related, is the best example of civic responsibility.

Dean Ageel: 'Non-Profit work is the best example of civic responsibility'.

The dean noted that the university's volunteer work encompasses a wide variety of fields that are cultural, environmental, and social in nature. With community service being one of the university's main priorities, the Deanship of Community Service and Continuing Education has implemented comprehensive requirements, clear objectives, and established the new Volunteer and Community Service Center to guide all activities.

At the conclusion of the meeting, Dean Ageel noted that King Khalid University successfully achieved its goals in delivering more than 500 activities to approximately 36,000 citizens all across the region. It is important, he explained, that we recognize the valuable contributions provided by numerous entities and specialists. While it is impossible to individually list all of the activities, most of them focused on:

  • Health;
  • Cultural awareness;
  • Social responsibility ;
  • Self-development;
  • Professional-development;
  • Lectures in schools and government sectors.
Receives Badir Volunteer Group
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The Female Division of the Deanship of Community Service and Continuing Education in collaboration with the Faculty of Education held a workshop titled “The Dangers of Electronic Games on Children”. The lead presenter was Haifa Jaydan Al-Mabrook from the Department of Kindergarten.

The forum began with a background presentation about technology, computer games, and electronic game theory in the modern age. Following the introduction was an in-depth presentation on the dangers and potential ill-effects of video games to young people. She alluded to several deleterious effects of video games such as addiction, displacement of physical activity, and exposure to cyber-criminal activity. She also provided several alternatives to traditional video games that were more likely to benefit young people including construction games, puzzles, and group collaboration projects that encourage real, productive human interaction. The presenter then noted that the landscape for children's’ toys and entertainment is changing rapidly as evidenced by the recent bankruptcy filing of toy and game retailer, Toys“R”Us.

Al-Mabrook then provided an eye-opening statistical analysis regarding video games. The information summarized from peer-reviewed studies indicate that these games can substantially and negatively impact children’s brain functions and physical health. She noted that “because of these inherent risks, it is incumbent on parents and educators to closely monitor and control our children's’ use of video games and other electronic devices.”

Prior to the conclusion of the event, Al-Mabrook discussed a number of actual cases involving electronic games health issues. She and the participants discussed the cases and made recommendations as to how similar situations should be handled. This was extremely helpful to the participants whose main objective is to protect the children. “Initiatives such as this are crucial to defending young people from unhealthy and or evil influences in modern society,” said Assistant Dean, Dr. Abeer Al-Medawi.

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