Carlos Hilado Memorial State College
Harnessing the Negrense manpower
As a tertiary educational institution, the Carlos Hilado Memorial State College (CHMSC) endeavors to develop the total personality of the individual to be a responsible member of society through a well-rounded education consistent with his or her innate talent, sex, culture, and heritage. This mission lives onâ€¦
Celebrating its Silver Year as a state college in 2008, CHMSC has stood the test of times, has forged unity among its campuses despite curricular diversity, and true to its mandate, has continuously carved its name in providing the Negrenses progressive leadership and manpower resource training in its areas of specialization to endow them with a sense of self-respect, independence, self-sufficiency, and an appreciation of the dignity of labor.
Today, it continues to realize this lofty aspiration of touching meaningfully the lives of the Negrenses to become productive and responsible citizens of their respective communities, of the province, of the nation, and of the world. Its graduates empowered on the geographical surfaces of the globe epitomize a story of how humble lives deprived of opportunity turned into lives of economic vigor and sustainability, of human development and fulfillment.
The history of CHMSC, the first state college in the Province of Negros Occidental, dates back to 1983 when Batas Pambansa Blg 477 converted the three existing schools in the province into Paglaum State College (PSC). These three institutions, establishment started as early as 1954, were the Negros Occidental College of Arts and Trades (NOCAT), the Bacolod City School of Arts and Trades (BCNTS), and the Negros Occidental Provincial Community College (NOPCC).
It was in 1994 when the Paglaum State College was renamed Carlos Hilado Memorial State College by virtue of Republic Act No. 7707 authored by Congressman Jose Carlos V. Lacson of the Third District of Negros Occidental to honor the then Congressman Carlos A. Hilado. As the representative of the Second District of Negros Occidental, Hilado authored in 1954 the bill creating the first Trade-Technical School in Negros Occidental, the Negros Occidental School of Arts and Trades in the town of Talisay.
In 2000, another satellite campus was added to CHMSC with the integration of the Negros Occidental School of Fisheries (NOSOF) in Binalbagan, a bustling municipality south of Capital City, Bacolod.
Today, CHMSC, one of the three state colleges in the province, boasts of four satellite campuses which provide four-column support to put into reality the mandate of the institution of improving and enhancing the socio-economic life in the province and cities of Negros Occidental and Western Visayas through professional, technical and vocational training and education responsive to the needs of the teaching profession, agro-industrial, manufacturing, transport, and service industries.
CHMSC Main Campus, the administrative seat of the institution, was established in 1954 originally as the Negros Occidental School of Arts and Trades. It is situated on a five-hectare lot in Talisay City, seven kilometers away from Bacolod City and seven kilometers away from Silay City, the site of the “New Airport of International Standards” in Negros Occidental. The campus stands along the main road connecting various municipalities and cities of the whole Negros island. It specializes in Elementary and Secondary Teacher Education Programs, and Industrial Technology which have been granted re-accredited status by the AACCUP in 2005. Its Elementary Teacher Education Program has been a performer in the LET, national level, having earned 8th rank in 1988 and 2nd rank in 2006, Category B of 100 to 200 examinees. New program at present include Civil Engineering, Information Management, Hotel and Restaurant Management.
In the graduate level, the main campus offers Doctor of Education, Doctor of Philosophy in Technology Management, Master in Public Administration, Master of Arts in Education, and Master of Arts in Teaching English, Mathematics, General Science, and Technology and Livelihood Education.
The Fortune Towne Campus was the former Negros Occidental Community College, a school within the premises of the Negros Occidental High School located at the heart of Bacolod City. It originally offered Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science in Commerce and Technical-Vocational Programs using also the facilities of said high school. Today, the campus boasts of its own home, a 1.5 hectare lot it can call its own at Barangay Estefania at the outskirt of metropolitan Bacolod City. It has evolved into CHMSCâ€™s Center of Commerce, Accountancy and Business Administration Programs.
Presently, this campus offers BS in Accountancy, BS in Business Administration, BS in Office Administration, BS in Entrepreneurship, and BS in Information System. In the graduate level, the campus offers Master in Business Administration and Master in Public Administration.
The Alijis Campus of the College, formerly known as the Bacolod City National Trade School, was established in 1968 under Republic Act 3886 authored by then Congressman Inocencio V. Ferrer. The campus occupies a five-hectare lot at Barangay Alijis, Bacolod City. Prior to its integration with the state college, the BCNTS was identified as the Technician Education Institute in the province offering complete secondary education program and two-year trade-technical education along various technology courses. The campus specializes in the Associate in Industrial Technology, a ladderized course leading to BS in Industrial Technology and BS in Information Technology.
The Binalbagan Campus was formerly the Negros Occidental School of Fisheries which offered complete secondary education and fishery education courses. Located at coastal Barangay Enclaro, Municipality of Binalbagan, the campus is almost 71 kilometers away from the main Campus. Today, it plays as an arm in the implementation of fishery â€“related curricular programs, and has earned a name as CHMSCâ€™s College of Fisheries campus. The campus offers Secondary Teacher Education focusing on Physical and Biological Sciences, and BS programs in Fisheries, Information Technology, and Business Administration.
With 418 personnel, the college for the current semester is serving 7,499 enrollees mostly coming from the three highly supportive Congressional Districts of Negros Occidental â€“ the Third District of Rep. Jose Carlos V. Lacson, Fifth District of Rep. Iggy T. Arroyo, and the Lone District of Bacolod City of Rep. Monico O. Puentebella.
Hence, from post-war Negros Occidental educational landscape to present, the institution has become a symbol of hope for a better life among the less privileged Negrenses. It has become testimonial to the collective endeavors of all people responsible for its growth and development with the noble purpose of harnessing the Negrense manpower.