From employee to college owner

“This business was founded on the principles of hard work, perseverance and experience, and here we are, two decades later.”

Having worked for 15 years in the coaching industry, Rozelle Rigg mustered the courage to found her own educational foundation. She is now the CEO and President of the GK College of Business, Arts and Technology, with a GK rating for GlobalKnowledge.

ROSELLE REIG Owner, CEO, and President, GK College of Business, Arts and Technology

“I think I’ve done enough to start a training center,” said Rigg, a University of Santo Tomas graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce.

Located in the heart of Mandaluyong, GK College is the first company to offer training and certification in Information Technology (IT) and Cyber ​​Security in the country. The business began in 2003. Many companies, government organizations, foundations, and thousands of individuals have received training and certifications from GlobalKnowledge over the years.

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The school’s official Facebook page states that it is “the first and only one in the Philippines to offer BSIS (Bachelor of Science in Information Science) with a major in Cyber ​​Security” while also offering Fine Art and Multimedia Arts degrees.

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Reg told the Manila Times that she had no savings when she first started GlobalKnowledge and that she used part of the cash flow from her job to pay school bills. Fortunately, her sister was also there to help her found the GlobalKnowledge Foundation.

“This business was founded on the principles of hard work, perseverance and experience, and here we are now after two decades,” she added.

Setting up an IT training center 18 years ago required about 15 million pesos in seed funding for utilities, rentals, and coach investments. “You’ll have to spend a lot of money on their degrees,” she noted.

From a training center to a college

Reg and her colleagues were initially satisfied with the management of the training center. But in 2015, they considered offering a two-year degree in Fine Art and Film as well as an IT Security Practitioner Training Program for working professionals. There were also people urging her to make GK a complete college.

Rozelle Rigg leads a two-day seminar on business writing for GK employees.

Rozelle Rigg leads a two-day seminar on business writing for GK employees.

“I had a lot of reservations about the decision to create a college or bachelor’s degree,” said Reg. “You should embody the qualities of Henry C or Lucio Tan.”

In 2017, I decided to make GK a small college and got support from students, friends and industry colleagues. Whatever Reig saved, she invested in making GK a college. The GK College of Business, Arts and Technology was born the following year, set up to train Filipino cybersecurity experts who are in high demand worldwide.

The second course that GK started offering was the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, which added an artistic component to the college’s training scope.

Subsequently, the college offered a bachelor’s degree in Multimedia Arts, which combines the latest digital and arts technologies.

Facing challenges

However, Reig’s journey to founding GK and turning it into a college was no fun.

Roselle Reig interviews as a reference person for financial advice.

Roselle Reig interviews as a reference person for financial advice.

“You can occasionally notice that there have been no sales and no money. There are times when you are not sure if you have additional interns for the following week,” Reg recalls. In response, GK has continued to offer two-year short-term courses where these can support the college’s finances.

When the Covid-19 pandemic hit in 2020, GK switched to offering online programs with little to no problems because they were offering IT training and had their own IT experts. While revenue and expenses have fallen, Reg said, “we were able to survive the pandemic and shutdown that way.”

Reig’s vision is to expand GK to include additional colleges within three to five years and to increase its student population. She is also considering adding a new entrepreneurship course which will give her the opportunity to share what she has learned from her journey founding GK.

Her advice to people looking to start their own business is to get rid of the fear of the unknown and the fear of failure. “You have to be prepared for any setback because it will make you stronger,” she said.

down to earth

Despite the challenges of running the GK, and the difficulties in establishing it and turning it into a college, Reig remains fit. She also wears other hats as author, exhibitor, public speaker, and chair of a committee set up by the Department of Commerce tasked with standardizing IT standards in the Philippines.

said Erica Villalona, ​​a film student at GK.

For Professor Gino Razon, “Mrs. Rosell radiates a young and positive energy into the workspace all the time. She always seems collected and assertive.”

Reg is also a devoted mother and wife, and currently lives in a modest house in Dasmarinas, Kavit with her husband and five children. “These roles taught me a lot about life: patience, perseverance, balance, interpersonal skills, gratitude, and so much more,” she said.

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