Central Luzon College of Science and Technology
A model in education for global competitiveness
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
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
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.
CELTECH College prides itself not only for its modern facilities but more so
for its highly skilled graduates annually yielding a high percentage of
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
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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