St. Anne College Lucena, Inc.
Moving towards quality and excellent education
ST. ANNE COLLEGE LUCENA, INC. (SACLI), formerly St. Anne School of Medical Sciences, is a non-stock, non-profit and non-sectarian educational institution founded in March 1986.
The school, then headed by Dr. Elvira Andaman, was first housed at the third floor of St. Anne General Hospital (formerly Andaman General Hospital, Inc.) and initially offered the Graduate in Midwifery program.
To further enhance the institution’s contribution to the development of the healthcare manpower in the country, the Nursing course was offered in 1990.
On September 6, 1993, the administration, in an ardent desire to serve the community more, decided to change the name of the school to St. Anne College Lucena, Inc., thus enabling it to offer non-paramedical courses that include Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management, Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy and AB Psychology. Non-degree programs accredited by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) such as Food Technology, Computer Technology, Associate in HRM, Computer Office Management, and Nursing Aide were also offered.
With rapid advances in science and technology of the modern world, the SACLI administration opened more degree and non-degree programs to broaden students’ scientific and technological knowledge and skills.
In 2000, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Bachelor in Secondary Education and Bachelor in Elementary Education were offered. The Caregiver Program, Biomedical Equipment Technician course, and Medical Transcriptionist course followed suit in 2003, 2005 and 2006, respectively.
It was in 2002 when the College opened the Kiddie Course (Kindergarten) to help promote good values among children.
To help serve the community better, the SACLI administration opened the Elementary and Secondary Levels in the 2003.
All these have been made possible through the united efforts of personnel and administration, in their desire to become more responsive to the ever-changing needs and demands of the times.
St. Anne College, Lucena, Inc. has come of age. As it celebrated its 21st founding anniversary last February 28–March 4, it has adhered faithfully to its theme "Reinventing for Better Image and Competitiveness." And the proofs?
Marked improvements of its infrastructures and facilities were made for fast and easy delivery of instructional services to its teeming clientele. The newly built administration building houses fully air-conditioned offices, standard-size classrooms, a complete I-Tech. Center, a well-equipped computer laboratory, a simulated mini hospital and a spacious library. These were all provided for convenience in the research and study of the students.
The computerized system of enrolment and payment of fees started in school year 2005-2006. In this system, all data about the students are encoded to facilitate the delivery of services to them.
The recently inaugurated Hot-and-Cold Kitchen and Laboratory of the HRM Department is a source of pride for SACLI, for it is the very first one of such kind in Quezon Province. This is an advanced preparation for the offering of Culinary Arts and Bachelor of Tourism Management this coming academic year, 2007-2008.
Plans for manpower resource development are also under way to improve the quality of faculty and improve their teaching competency. Aside from the administrators’ encouragement and support for faculty professional growth through educational loans and scholarships, in-house seminars and workshops are conducted every year to improve and enhance their communication skills, teaching strategies, test construction and validation, and use of instructional media. The faculty are also provided with other instructional guidebooks.
To further improve instruction, the SACLI administration gave specific guidelines to the Academic Affairs Office, to wit: screen the faculty thoroughly before admitting them to teach; hire qualified faculty, preferably M.A. degree holders over non-M.A degree ones; evaluate the teaching performance of the faculty; set definite guidelines for giving of teaching loads; and encourage non-education graduates to enroll in professional subjects in Education.
These guidelines are to be strictly followed by department heads/deans starting this coming School Year 2007-2008.
To make the school more competitive and to prevent the rapid turnover of faculty, the SACLI administration has upgraded the salary offering this past school year, to the delight and satisfaction of the teaching personnel.
Truly, SACLI is moving surely towards quality and excellence in education!
The Hotel and Restaurant Management (HRM) program of St. Anne College Lucena, Inc., started in 1993, the first such course that was recognized by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) in the province of Quezon, through the leadership of founding and present Dean Rogelio Llave (a doctoral candidate with the highest distinction), and the utmost support of SACLI president Dr. Potenciano Andaman and executive vice president Dr. Elvira Andaman.
The culinary programs and Bachelor of Science in Tourism Management were introduced in answer to the needs of the community. All these programs were strengthened under the Institute of International Hospitality Management (IIHM) of the institution.
The main thrust of the programs of the IIHM is to professionalize international hospitality and tourism by producing highly competent leaders in hotel foodservice, tourism, travel and events. The IIHM has become the flag bearer for being an awardee of the Plaque of Recognition from the Provincial Council of Quezon for bringing honors and prestige in the field of HRM.
SACLI–HRM has been a consistent top recipient of the Medals of Excellence in the Chefs on Parade, Culinary Grand Prix, COHREP Skills Competition and recently, in the ASEAN Skills Olympics for the Diploma of Excellence for Culinary held in Brunei Darussalam – a first time among Philippine delegates. It has also been a favorite feature in FOOD, FLAVOR, F&B, and Bartender Magazines and in local and national newspapers depicting local and international accolades.
In terms of practicum and affiliations, students are sent to overseas exposures such as in Canada, Thailand, United States, Singapore, Jordan and soon, in Australia. In the Philippines, practicum is held in de luxe and first class hotels, class A restaurants, class AAA resorts and county clubs, and in-flight and cruises facilities.
In preparation for the incoming accreditation and for the competency-based programs, St. Anne College Lucena, Inc. is equipped with updated and industry-based curricula, and built-in facilities like pompous hotel lounge, stylish travel counter, executive suite room, hot and cold kitchen (the newest and the biggest in Region IV), food production units, coffee shop with kitchen and bar set-up, demonstration room, and conference room. The dean and members of the faculty are highly qualified with expertise in the fields of tourism, HRM, and Culinary arts, and are active members of the Hotel and Restaurant Association of the Philippines (HRAP) and other prestigious educational and professional associations.