ICC @ 73: Providing the Filipino youth a solid, well-grounded Catholic Christian education
It was no less than a parish priest who conceived and born the indigenous idea of extending Catholic education to his parishioners. He was Father Aniceto Cordero, who was assisted by his uncle, Fr. Bernabe. It took years of tedious negotiations with different religious orders before they arrived at a tangible result.
The year was 1935, when the Augustinian Recollect Sisters accepted the challenge of Father Cordero and took up his proposal to open a Catholic school. This marked the birth of Catholic education in Balayan. The Bishop of Lipa approved the establishment of the school which was named after the patroness of Balayan, the Our Lady of Immaculate Conception.
The primary aim was to give the Filipino youth a solid, well-grounded Catholic education in accordance with the mandates of the constitution of the Philippines. The old convent of Balayan, which was ceded by Rev. Fr. Cordero to the sisters became the first premises of the school and the management was placed entirely in the hands of the Augustinian Recollect Missionary Sisters headed by Sor. Rita de la Immaculada Maria, the Superior, under the generalship of the late Mother Presentacion de San Jose of Lipa.
During the early years of its foundation, the difficulties of running the school were big and numerous. At first, the school offered only the primary course which was recognized on April 16, 1937. Soon, the
general intermediate course was opened and recognized on April 7, 1938.
In 1939, Intermediate courses were offered. In 1941, the school's name was changed to Immaculate Conception College. Several collegiate courses were offered in 1942 such as Preparatory Law, Associate in Commercial Science, and Junior Normal. Due to the constant appeal of the parents, the Secondary Course was opened. In 1945, the need for co-education was realized as there were many boys who were out of school at that time. In 1946, Government Recognition was given to Secondary Course. However, in 1947, the school opened the High School Boy's Department.
Significantly, in 1954, the school ranked second in the achievement test in Batangas, and seventh place throughout the Philippines.
In 1958, Bachelor of Science in Education was offered and was given recognition. On June 10, 1959, the four-storey building was built due to the rapid increase of the students' enrolment in the college department. The school turned out able graduates every year who open head to competitive entrance and civil service examination. In the opening of the school year 1962-65, three additional courses were offered: Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, Bachelor of Science in Commerce and Bachelor of Science in Home Economics which were given recognition in the year 1958, 1963 and 1965, respectively. With the total enrolment climbing to 1,400, it again became imperative to construct a new building to meet the increasing student population. Upon approval by the Rev. Mother General and her council, the work started. The construction was finished and blessed on September 8, 1963.
During the 1970's, the school experienced the turmoil of activism. But through the Christian manner and dynamism of the Augustinian Recollect Sisters, everything was put into peace and tranquility.
The school garnered success in the academic competition like winning the title Most Outstanding Teacher in the Division of Batangas in the year 1983. The school's development in the physical features, academic excellence, moral and spiritual development was attributed to the school's able management and leadership.
In the year 1988, the new high school building was built and was made ready in 1990. Bachelor of Science in Accountancy course was opened and given recognition in the year 1995. In 2002, four-storey Talangpaz Building (named after the A.R. Foundresses, Mother Dionisia and Mother Cecilia Rosa Talangpaz) was constructed and was blessed on December 7, 2002 to house college students and administrative offices.
Immaculate Conception College in its 73 years of existence has tried to carry out the objectives for which it was founded: Catholic education for the youth and the maintenance of high educational standards.
Much of the success of Christian education was due to the untiring efforts and interests of the Augustinian Recollect Sisters. ICC in her humble service to the people of Balayan had many major developments, not only in the physical aspects but more importantly in the spiritual formation of the members of the school community. Amidst the crises, ICC continuously meets the challenging demands of her role in the society.
Responding to the global call of time, ICC offered Associate in Computer Secretarial and Associate in Computer Technology, both recognized in the year 2001. Bachelor of Science in Computer Science was also offered and recognized in the year 2003. Bachelor of Hotel and Restaurant Management opened its program in the year 2006; a momentous sign of assurance for continuous growth and development of its curricular offerings.
ICC pledges to continue to establish linkages and networking here and abroad, improve its catholic education programs, conduct/host development programs for parents, students and teaching staff to enhance harmonious and dynamic partnership with home, school and community working towards students' functionality, thus resulting to a better academic performance of the students while implementing the pastoral thrust of the Archdiocese of Lipa.
Moreover, Immaculate Conception College in participation to her preferential option for the poor grants TALANGPAZ SCHOLARSHIP and various kinds of scholarships to help deserving students with superior qualities. ICC desires to develop them to become future leaders in the community where they come from.
The College thank the Lord for the support of the administrators, the academic and the non-academic staff as well as the parents, the alumni and the whole studentry for their concerted efforts believing that everything will be accomplished in His Mighty Name through His Son, with the loving intercession of Mary, our Mother, The Lady of the Immaculate Conception and the prayers of our Foundresses, Mother Dionisia and Mother Cecilia Rosa Talangpaz.
Immaculate Conception College, Balayan, Batangas offers Pre-school, Complete Elementary, Secondary and Tertiary Education. The Basic Education had undergone PAASCU accreditation program and had its visit last January 21-24, 2004. The school's Basic Education started the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU) Self-Survey in S.Y. 2003-2004. And meeting the PAASCU standards together with all the school constituents, the Basic Education will hurdle the final accreditation processes thus reaching completion in the S.Y. 2007-2008.
The Tertiary Education which is composed of the College of Education, College of Business Courses and College of Computer Courses has gone through the accreditation process of the Philippines Association of Colleges and Universities Commission On Accreditation (PACUCOA). Business Administration Program and the Bachelor of Elementary Education have its Candidate Status under PACUCOA. The preliminary accreditation visit happened last July 10-12, 2006. Recently, the Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA), on the other hand, have accredited the Ladderized program Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with embedded TVET qualifications in PC Operations NCII and Programming NCIV. Bartending NCII, Commercial Cooking NCII and Food and Beverage Service NCII were also approved as TVET qualifications for the Ladderized program of Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management. ICC is also recognized by TESDA as an Accredited Competency Assessment Center for the short term course Household Services NCII.
The College of Education aims to develop holistic teacher education programs that should model the teaching of learning approaches; develop a collaborative mode of training making them globally competitive educators and keeping them abreast with the current development in the field of educational technology which is in line with the trend of globalization. This will help to attain improvement in the institutional passing percentage in the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET). The College offers Bachelor of Elementary Education and Bachelor in Secondary Education Major in Filipino, Mathematics, English and History.
The College of Computer Courses aims to assist the human development of the students who exhibits interest in the use of new tools that link them globally, specifically the internet. The students' interests in academic excellence focus them to understanding the school's Christian approach to Information Technology and proficiency in all subject areas. The college offers the Ladderized Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Associate in Computer Technology and Associate in Computer Secretarial.
The College of Business Courses aims to produce graduates who will become business leaders and who will adhere to the principles of globally competitive professionals. This will help them to participate in economic transformation and development. The College offers Bachelor of Science in Commerce Major in Finance and Management; and Bachelor of Science in Accountancy and Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management. On the other hand, Hotel and Restaurant Management department was opened academic year 2006-2007. This neophyte department aims to rise as professional hoteliers and restaurateurs both in the local and international scene. By exposing the students with the innovation of theory and real world practice, the institution's projection are giving the hotel and restaurant industry a facelift.
This proves that as time passes by, ICC continuous to develop and improve the lifestyle of the youth by means of the kind of education she offers which is relevant to the needs of the industry.
In accordance with the mission statement of ICC, curricular programs aims to develop a general education program that will assist each individual to increase holistically his potential as a human being, enhance a quality of citizen participation in the basic functions of society, and promote in each student a sense of national identity, cultural consciousness, moral integrity and spiritual vigor. With the accreditation process, ICC aspire to train the nation's manpower in the required skills for national development, and to instill and foster the appropriate and relevant attitudes, skills, and knowledge to enable each individual to become a useful, productive and gainfully employed member of society. (On-Line Alumni Directory at email@example.com.)…