A brief Introduction of Botou Vocational College
Botou Vocational College, which carries out the education of junior college level, is a state-owned full-time college approved by Hebei Provincial Government and filed with Ministry of Education. The college is a very famous historical school with glorious revolutionary tradition. It was founded in September, 1925, and at that time its name was No.9 Provincial Normal School of Zhili Province. The name of the school was changed into Hebei Botou Normal School after the founding of new China. In July, 2000, the name of the school was changed into Cangzhou teachers’ College, Botou Branch and the school began to recruit full-time junior college students and carry out junior college education. In April, 2009, approved by Hebei Provincial Government and filed with the Ministry of Education, the school was upgraded into an independent college and its name was changed into Botou Vocational College. Over ninety-three years of education experiences, the college has trained a large number of excellent talents for Hebei province and the whole country, and has made great contributions to the national liberation, the birth of New China and the economic construction of our country. Meanwhile, the college has formed its good school spirit, teaching spirit and learning spirit, which have been handed down from generation to generation. The college has long been called “the cradle of revolution south of Tianjin” and has a good fame of “the Huangpu Military Academy in Cangzhou”
The college is located in Botou city which has long been called “the famous casting city in China ”, “the hometown of automobile mold” and “the first town of Chinese Ya pear ”. With Bohai Sea on the east, Beijing City and Tianjin City on the north, the city has a good geographical position, and the transportation is also very convenient.
The college covers an area of 571 mu, among which the building area is 176,000 square meters. The college owns a total fixed assets value of RMB260 million Yuan, The main campus of the college is located at 150, West Jiefang Road, which is in the central district of Botou city. In the college, there are 4 classroom buildings, 4 practical training buildings, 9 students’ apartment buildings and 4 students’ dining halls. There is also an administrative building, a library building, a high standard sports stadium on the campus. With a complete set of teaching facilities, with all kinds of professional laboratories and classrooms, and with a collection of 438,000 books and 500 GB of electronic books in the library, the college has superior teaching and scientific research environment. With a greening rate of more than 40%, with a large area of green trees, green grass, beautiful flowers and many graceful pavilions, the scenery of the campus is very nice and charming. The college has been entitled “garden school” and “provincial green school” by Hebei provincial government. It is indeed an ideal place for schooling and education.
The development goal of the college is to take the specialties of educations as its main body, and the specialties of economic management, equipment manufacturing, arts and social services as its auxiliary wings, to stand at Cangzhou and Bohai New District while facing the whole province and radiating to the Circum-Bohai-Sea Region, to serve the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Integration and regional economic development, to insist on the school-running orientation of application, opening, characteristic and high level, to construct a diversified talent cultivation system, to train a large number of high-quality skilled talents for the society, and to provide intelligent support and human resource guarantee to the regional economic and social development.
The college has the educational institutions of Preschool Education Department (I), Preschool Education Department (II), Mechanical and Design Department, Economic Management Department, etc. In these departments, there are 24 specialties or majors for students to choose, such as preschool education, primary school education, machinery manufacturing and automation, electromechanical integration technology, mold design and manufacturing, automobile manufacturing and assembly technique, computer network technique, art design, accounting, marketing, logistics management, etc. Among these specialties, the specialty of preschool education is identified as the provincial backbone specialty construction project by Hebei Provincial Higher Vocational Education Innovation and Development Action Plan (2015-2018), the specialties of mold design and manufacturing, the logistics management and the art design are the key specialties financed by the national central finance, and the specialty of preschool education is the characteristic specialty of the college.
In 2013, the college cooperated with Zhongjie Industrial Zone and they jointly establish Botou Vocational College, Bohai Branch in the Park of Higher Education of Zhongjie Industrial Zone, Bohai New District. In 2015, all the mechanical engineering specialties moved to Botou Vocational College, Bohai Branch.
The computer network specialty is a college-enterprise cooperative project which is jointly established by Botou Vocational College and Qinhuangdao Derun Computer Information Technology Service Co., Ltd. For the students in this specialty, “Order-type cultivation mode” is adopted. That is to say, the specialty is jointly managed and the students in the specialty are jointly educated and trained by both the college and the enterprise, and when the students graduate, the enterprise is responsible for their employment.
The college has strong faculty strength. In recent years, high-level talents and excellent teachers are constantly introduced into the college. In 2018, there were 314 faculty members working in the college, and there were 270 full-time teachers and 71 part-time teachers who come from the front production line of all industries teaching in the college. Among them, there were 81 teachers with senior academic title and 111 teachers with master’s degree. Now the school-running scale of the college is constantly enlarged. In 2018, the college enrolls 3319 new students, which hits the all-time high. Now there are more than 8200 students studying in the college.
The Party Committee of the college actively practices “the Four Consciousness”, firmly implements “the Two Maintains”, closely surrounds the two key points of “strengthening the working style” and “deepening the connotation construction” and bravely carries out the policy of reform and innovation to grasp the opportunity of development. For teacher’s training, the college has held many academic activities like “vocational education lecture”, “vocational education forum”, “Qing-Lan Project” and “the young teachers teaching skill competition”, which help to create an excellent faculty with the feature of“reasonable structure, noble morality, with high professional quality and perfect professional skills”. Among all the teachers in the college, 53% are double-professionally-titled teachers, and there is 1 second-level talent of the 30-300-3000 Talents Project carried out in Hebei Province, 1 excellent teacher of national level, 3 special grade teachers, 1 outstanding teacher of Hebei provincial level, 5 excellent teachers of Hebei provincial level, 1 excellent teaching team of Hebei provincial level, 3 Tsang-Hin-Chi fund award winners and 6 top-notch professional skill talents of Cangzhou municipal level.
The college always takes “Integration of production and education, College-enterprise cooperation and work-integrated learning” as its talent cultivation mode, attaches more importance to college-enterprise cooperation and the students’ internship and employment and leads the founding of “Cangzhou Preschool Education Production-education Union”. The college insists on the principle of employment-orientation in the educational work, pays more attention to the work of employment guidance and service, and has formed a jointly working mechanism of “leading by the college leaders, initiating by the Department of Employment, and participating by the Party secretaries and counselors of the department” to do work of employment guidance and service well. The college always provides the students with employment and entrepreneurship guidance and service by means of post practice, job fair, etc. In recent two years, with graduate employment rate of 94% and the employers’ satisfaction rate of 93%, the college has won praises from all walks of life. The college pays more attention to undergraduate innovation and entrepreneurship training work and sets up the College undergraduate maker space, which has won the honorary title of “the Provincial level Demonstration College Undergraduate Maker Space” In 2018, the college held the double-channel choosing job practice fair taken part in by more than 200 enterprises. Meantime, the college started a new way of training work. The correspondence education has realized the first student enrollment.
For many years the college has been entitled “civilized unit”, “model school”, “the unit with outstanding achievement”, “spiritual civilization school”, “advanced leading group”, “advanced primary Party organization”, “advanced vocational educational collective ”, “Advanced educational collective in Hebei Province”, etc. In 2018, the college was entitled “the patriotism education base of Botou City” by the Propaganda Department of Botou Municipal Party Committee.
From now on, the college will stick to the college-running principle of “running college by law, democratic management, human orientation and scientific development”, and continue to deepen the reforms of teaching and education. Taking “to lay a solid college running foundation, to create first-class brand specialties, and to build a high-level regional vocational college” as its overall developing goal, the college will endeavor to become a high-level regional vocational college.