TOMAS CLAUDIO MEMORIAL COLLEGE
RISING TO THE CHALLENGE OF
THE 21ST CENTURY KNOWLEDGE ECONOMY
History. Tomas Claudio Memorial College (TCMC) is the pioneering private higher education institution in the Eastern part of Rizal. It was founded on August 15, 1950 by the bayanihan spirit of the community folks along the lakeshore towns of the province, notably from Morong, Teresa, Baras, Tanay and Cardona; and was named in honor of Tomas Claudio, a national hero from Morong, Rizal who died as a soldier during the First World War fighting for democracy. Its founding fathers were business and community leaders, like Jose Alegre, Jose B. Angeles, Domingo H. Soriano, Atilano Bautista and Onesimo Soriano; educators like Dr. Vitaliano Bernardino, Isabelo Tupas and Daniel F. Francisco; likewise, professionals, and ordinary citizen who believe in the value of quality education; some of whom even served as volunteer faculty members, pro bono, during the early years of the school. Its raison d etre is service to the community, through delivery of quality education that is affordable, especially to those who cannot afford to send their children to colleges and university n Manila.
The first TCMC building was erected in downtown Morong. Later as it grew and its expanded facilities and buildings could no longer accomodate the number of students, it moved to its location – a scenic and sprawling twelve-hectare campus at the outskirt of the town, above the kilometer from the poblacion, along the national road. The high school department was first to transfer in 1989, followed by the college department in 1993, and the elementary school in 1995. The college initially offered a two-year course leading to the title Associate in Arts. Four-year baccalaureate-degree courses such as Bachelor of Science in Education, Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration were offered in school year 1964-1965 upon the recognition by the government through the Department of Education, Culture and Sports (DECS). Other degree-programs subsequently offered were in Accountancy, Computer Science, Information Technology, Public Administration, Hotel and Restaurant Management and Nursing.
In 1975 a Graduate degree program in Education (MAEd) was started in consortium with Eulogio “Amang” Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology (EARIST). In school year 1989 – 1990 it was felt that the college was qualified to offer its own graduate programs DECS granted a permit and recognized the offering of Master of Arts in Education program of its own with support from EARIST faculty. The Master of Public Adminstration (MPA) and Master in Business Administration (MBA) were subsequently started in school year 1996 – 1997.
TCMC Today Fifty six years today and counting. TCMC in poised to meet the challenge of the knowlegde economy. It has continuously reengineered and kaizenized its academic offerings through curriculum development and enrichment, and has introduced new courses that are responsive to the human resource requirements of the global community. Business accountancy and Teacher Education Curircula were revised for relevance, sustainability, and conformity with progressive trends. Short -term technical vocational programs in computer technology, care-giving and nursing aide courses were also improved through the use of new and better pedagody and skills training methods. It has established linkages with the larger society as well as with the professional organizations in the academic community. Prof. Felino SM. Angeles, Jr., president of TCMC, was recently reelected as vice president of the Philippine Association of Private Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAPSCU). As vice president of PAPSCU, he will represent the association in the prestigious COCOPEA Board, which is an umbrella federation of organizations in the private education sector of the Philippines, which also include the Private Association of Collages and Universities (PACU) and the Catholic Education Association of the Philippines (CEAP), among others. As a national federation, COCOPEA serves as an influential mouthpiece of the private education sector concerning the interest and welfare of its member-institutions and their collective pursuit for quality education and academic excellence.
In response to call from various education stakeholders and upon the encouragement of TESDA and CHED, plans for more “ladderized programs” in business administration, computer science, and in nursing, are being pursued to cater to the growing demands of the global market for graduates equipped with relevant technical competency and skills, but without compromising the importance of holistic liberal education that emphasizes desirable attitudes and value formation.
Likewise, parallel to strategic curriculum development and improvement, the College has also embarked on physical infrastructure development and upgrading of classroom, laboratory and library facilities. A brand new three-storey building that adapts to the rolling sylvan setting is the latest offering of TCMC to her growing student population. The new building houses the library, more conductive classrooms and laboratory facilities for computer and science courses, which are designed to promote better student services and wholesome teaching-learning environment. There are 17 student organizations recognized inside the campus representing various academic disciplines and various opportunities for extra-curricular activities such as sports, socials, and community extension services.
TCMC offers complete formal education programs from kindergaten, elementary, high school, ladderized tech/voc courses, college and graduate school with masteral degree-courses in business, education and public administration. Over the years it has produced graduates who have found gainful employment in either government offices or private corporations in Rizal and in the National Capital Region, among others; a lot have found works abroad. The performance of its graduates in government licensure examinations has always been above the national average.
Indeed, TCMC has gone a long way… from a small community college it has now metamorphosed into a reliable institution of learning committed to the pursuit for academic excellence and capable of rising to the challenge of the knowledge economy.