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Central Luzon College of Science and Technology
August 2007

A model in education for global competitiveness

HUMBLE BEGINNINGS

A towering center of knowledge and a model institution for higher learning, with its tall buildings, state- of- the- art facilities and focused vision for quality education, Central Luzon College of Science and Technology (CLCST) or CELTECH College stands strong as the only ISO 9001:2000 accredited school in Olongapo City, and one of the biggest schools in the region with three campuses in Olongapo, Zambales and Pampanga.

CELTECH College traces its origins from the Artistic Vocational School (AVS) founded by the enterprising and illustrious DoŮa Helen P. Legaspi on May 20, 1959 in San Fernando, Pampanga in response to the needs of the youth in the region for quality vocational education. Through Mrs. Legaspiís pioneering work, the AVS provided low-cost quality education to the poor and hard-working youths of Pampanga and neighboring provinces and a chance to earn a living through their new skills that would alleviate their families from poverty.

The Artistic Vocational School created a niche in vocational education when it was awarded the most outstanding vocational school in Pampanga by the Lira Pampanguena. In 1964, a demand for a bigger building to accommodate its expanding student population, led to the construction of a four-storey building at B. Mendoza Street in San Fernando which is the present site of the CLCST San Fernando Campus. By 1967, another AVS branch was opened in Angeles, Pampanga and shortly after had its commencement exercises with 205 graduates.

The school proved that it is not just an ordinary vocational school when it won First Prize in the National Hair Styling Contest in 1968.

In 1970, Dona Helen Legaspi was cited as The Most Outstanding Vocational Educator of the Philippines, owing to her dedication towards the improvement of vocational education. That same year the Olongapo City branch was opened with complete technical, vocational and secretarial courses.

Three years later, the management through the initiative of the Branch Administrator and EVP Renato P. Legaspi, Sr., acquired a lot and a building at 1860 Rizal Avenue in East Bajac-Bajac in Olongapo. It has since been renovated into a four-storey structure and now known as the Rizal Campus of CELTECH College.

In 1975, the 24 Radio Telephone and Radio Telegraphy Operator graduates successfully passed the National Telecommunications Commission 2nd Class Radio Operatorís Licensure Examination. Topnotcher on the national level was an AVS graduate, Israel Portugal, with a rating of 92.6 percent.

From 1977-2002, AVS became a consistent Champion in both the Provincial and Regional Skills Competitions in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, Electronics, Electrical and Automotive Technology.

In 1981, the school pioneered the offering of Maritime Courses in Olongapo City, Zambales and Region III. By this time, the Board of Trustees had changed the name of the school to Central Luzon Technical Institute (CLTI). With a surge in enrolment, the Board, through negotiations by the EVP, acquired the former Olongapo Doctorís Hospital in Upper Kalaklan. Now known as the Kalaklan College Campus, it has been renovated into a towering structure which houses most of its curricular programs. Equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, it has fully air-conditioned classrooms and laboratories, a mini-hospital, a mini-hotel, and a spacious auditorium. It also has a complete and spacious laboratory for the Automotive and Electrical Courses, a modern photo and crime laboratory for Criminology, a College Library with a 200-seating capacity soon to be equipped with its own Internet Room, and a school cafeteria which serves complete meals.

The installation of Dr. Renato P. Legaspi as the second President of the College in 1987 started an unprecedented pace of development. He traveled extensively to the United States, Southeast Asia and Canada representing the country in international conferences in education and laying down the ground work for linkages with companies, colleges and universities for on-the-job-training, scholarships and future employment.

By 1999, the school passed the International Standard Organization (ISO 9001) as certified by the Anglo Japanese American Environmental Quality System (AJAEQS) and accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Society (UKAS) in London. Shortly thereafter, its two courses passed 100% compliance of the STCW 95 / CHED / IMO requirements.

In keeping with its continuing development, CLTI became Central Luzon College of Technology (CLCT) in 1999 and finally Central Luzon College of Science and Technology or CELTECH College in November, 2001.

PRESENT TIMES

CELTECH College prides itself not only for its modern facilities but more so for its highly skilled graduates annually yielding a high percentage of passers

in the TESDA trade tests in Electrical, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technology and Caregiver Course, and in the Professional Board Exams in Customs Administration, Marine Engineering, Marine Transportation, Criminology and Nursing. Danilo Corpuz, a graduate of BS Marine Engineering, topped the board exam for fourth Marine Engineer Officer. Indeed, through the unyielding efforts and visionary leadership of its current College President, Dr. Renato P. Legaspi, CELTECH College aspires to be a model institution for globally competitive education.

Continually growing and keeping in step with the need to cater to the educational needs and aspirations of the youth in Region III, particularly in the Subic and Clark Economic Zone, Olongapo City, Pampanga and Zambales, the College has expanded its curricular offerings which now include BS Information Technology, BS Criminology, BS Business Administration, BS Accountancy, BS Customs Administration and Hotel and Restaurant Management. In June, 2002, the College pioneered the opening of BS Nursing in Olongapo City and Zambales.

In a span of 42 years, the vision of Dona Helen Legaspi for the school to be a leading center in the field of vocational education has been exceeded. CELTECH College today is considered a by-word in the field of education in Region III producing topnotch graduates. With Dr. Renato P. Legaspi at the helm and the dynamic Board of Trustees, the school did more than just make the founderís vision turn into a reality. They have created a functioning model of a dynamic educational institution capable of withstanding the challenges of the times.

Source: Manila Bulletin Online

 
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