Cabalum Western College
Saturday, November 18, 2006
|Scholarship, Character, and Service
October 5, 1945, after World War II, the "National Business School" was established by Dr. Jose D. Cabalum, Sr., PhD.. He felt a calling from God to help the country rehabilitate herself by helping the young prepare themselves for their future by providing them proper education. It was then, the National Business School with a single typewriter, a couple of tables and a few chairs started. The founder was helped by two associates, Ceferino Lañada and Urbano Garrido. The school offered courses in Stenography, Typewriting and Bookkeeping. It was the first school to acquire permit on its courses, considering all vocational schools in Iloilo City.
In July 1949, the administration decided to offer secondary commercial course in line with its extension program. Later, the name National Business School was changed to Cabalum Commercial School, due to the advice of Bureau of Private School. In 1962, the school got third place in the National Examination for Public and Private Schools. In 1963, the Secondary Commercial Course was abolished because of her desire to specialize in Collegiate Secretarial and Business Education. In January 1982, Cabalum Commercial School applied with the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports for a permit to offer complete four-year degree program in Bachelor of Science in Secretarial Administration (BSSA). The permit was issued on October 1984 and became effective on March 1985. On the same year, Cabalum Commercial School was awarded as the "Outstanding Pioneer Business School" by Iloilo Chamber of Commerce and Industry, for having served and answered the need for vocational training among the youth for many years.
The school has been offering complete program on Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) and Bachelor of Science in Secretarial Administration (BSSA) and with additional Vocational Courses. The request for change of her name was granted, and the corporate name was changed to "CABALUM WESTERN COLLEGE INC.".
The Cabalum Western College on Dr.
Cabalum Western College is an academic institution that had encountered significant transition since its humble beginning and the school continues to exist embodying the three ideals: SCHOLARSHIP, CHARACTER, and SERVICE
Cabalum Western College is located exactly at the heart of the city, along the Dr. Fermin Caram Sr., Avenue in Iloilo City. It has a total land area of 1,812sq. m., with three (3) buildings and thirty one (31) classrooms and air conditioned laboratories equipped with necessary tools and equipments needed by the students for their learning activities. Another room was under renovation for the opening of new course, Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management this school year.
Last October 2-5, 2006, the Cabalum Western College celebrated her 61st Foundation Day with the theme "CWC 61st Anniversary: The Founders Legacy." The whole week of activities was dedicated to her late great founder, Dr. Jose D. Cabalum Sr., PhD., who died last August 18,2006. It showcases talents, creativity and intelligence of the students together with their respective teachers.
Cabalum Western College is affiliated with PSITE, CEAS-WV, AUCSI, PACSB, PAEOA and PACU. The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and Technical Education for Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) also recognize the Cabalum Western College as it offers Bachelor’s Degree and Technical/Vocational courses. CWC is a non-sectarian, and stock educational institution type of school.
The college does not only train students intellectually, but also physically, emotionally and spiritually. Her students were active members of Red Cross Iloilo Chapter, Campus Paper Writers of Region VI-Western Visayas and Campus Ministry Iloilo Chapter. Cabalum Western College allows hers students to have on-the-job training (OJT) with the different companies in Western Visayas with work related to their chosen field. Every year, the graduating students of Computer Engineering and Computer Science go to Manila for their educational tour and training a more, sophisticated IT companies where they can personally have hands-on practice so all their knowledge can help them settle for a better job. The under-grad students have their Annual Seminar-Workshop at school with experts and experienced guest speakers.
Cabalum Western College is concerned with the intellectual, social, moral, physical and spiritual needs of the individual through scholarship, the development of character, and the promotion of service among its students. It strives to turn out graduates who are responsible, God-fearing citizens, proud of their culture, law-abiding, and prepared to do their share in national and international development.
The school, the administration, the faculty and staff, is continually improving to give the students the best and the most effective way of teaching to fill each student’s fecund mind.
At first, Cabalum Western College offered courses in Stenography, Typewriting and Bookkeeping. But due to the overwhelming demand for IT (Information Technology) specialists, the school now offers different computer-based Bachelor Degree and Technical/Vocational courses. This is the only college in town which offers laddrerized courses. Graduating students were required to render On-the-job training (OJT) with the different top IT Companies in the region related to their courses.
Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering (BSCoE)
trained the students to be innovative in the future. Computer-Aided Design and Hardware-Software interfacing was part of their trainings to prepare them to be one of the top inventors of the world. The graduating students need to pass their oral and written defense with the invited panelist before they can graduate. A latest trend of interfacing was done particularly in the field of robotics. Two-year Computer Technician Course is part of the ladder of Computer Engineering course. This year the students were trained to understand how electricity and electronics work.
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (BSCS) trains the students on the software world. Every now and then, new software is introduced and the students are abruptly taught and specifically apply it in their work as they graduate.
The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) with majors in Management, Finance and Management Accounting prepare students to be part of the corporate world. The Two-Year Associate in Commercial Science Course is the first two years of the BSBA. Students are trained to become competent business associates in the future.
Bachelor of Science in Office Administration (BSOA) with a specialty in the field of Computer Teacher Education tailor the students to become competent computer-teachers with passion and compassion to their students and their work. The ladder of this course is the Two-Year Computer Secretarial Course. The course trains the students to become a competent secretary to fit-in in whatever field of work they will be connected.
The college also offers 5-MonthsVocational Courses such as Dressmaking, Hairscience, Advance Dressmaking, Beauty Culture, Master’s Men Tailoring, and Pre-Master’s Men Tailoring. Together with some Special Vocational Courses in Stenography, Typewriting and Bookkeeping.
SCHOOL'S VARIOUS ACTIVITIES
Every first week of October, the Cabalum Western College celebrates her Foundation Week for two main purposes: to let her students remember her humble beginnings and to develop their intra-personal and interpersonal capabilities. The event does not only display intelligence but also creativity, sportsmanship, and camaraderie. Each year, the school administration, the faculty and staff together with the student’s body designed a new program to challenge everyone and to avoid stagnancy of the events.
Aside from ball games, odyssey of the minds and clashes of beauties and wit, the school decided to have a Facet of the Months, which make the students and their teachers to let their sweat of creativity out to have a remarkable presentation.
The school also allows her students to explore the outside world from school. The graduating students go to Manila as part of their Educational Tour to subject them with the latest trends of Information Technology.
Basically, Cabalum Western College caters students to become more sociable, more humane and competent enough to join the work force of the world. (By Elmeda L. Jaleco, Department Chair)