The new campus sits close to Metro Bacolod’s sprawling residential area
Talisay, Negros Occidental — On a three-hectare property donated by the Montinola family in Hacienda Manaul, La Consolacion College Bacolod expands to offer secondary education for the children of sugarcane farmers and later, to serve the rapidly growing residential communities at the borders of Bacolod and Talisay cities.
June 13, 2016 marks the opening of classes for 17 Grade 7 students, the pioneering class of the school. The Mother Rita Barceló (MRB) Center, LCC Bacolod’s community outreach arm, runs the program supported by LCC Bacolod’s volunteer teachers from its Integrated School and teacher education alumni.
The class is an extension of LCC’s MRB Night High School program which affords quality private education to the economically disadvantaged yet deserving students. Classes however are held on day time as night classes may be precarious for the students living in the hacienda.
The program is subsidized by LCC Bacolod with a minimal counterpart from the parents ranging from 500 to 800 pesos monthly depending on assessment of the economic profile of the family.
The pioneer class of LCC Bacolod – Montinola Campus with Mrs. Cheryl Serra (first from left) MRB Night High School Coordinator and Mr. Rodjhun Navarro, head of LCC’s Office for Institutional Advancement and Linkages (center)
The program meets the requirements of the Department of Education with a few more additions as the offering of electives courses. The program delivers a more specialized training on specific disciplines that maybe within the general coverage of a course in the secondary education curriculum, but at the same time, provides some flexibility and allows students to change the direction they wish to take with their education. A student who takes an elective class in drafting, for example, might discover a love of design and engineering that leads to a career he or she might not otherwise have found.
LCC Bacolod also plans to introduce organic agriculture to the students and their parents to take advantage of the wide agricultural land area, in the meantime while the campus is gradually developed. As of the moment, the school has only one school building with three classrooms. Students however are provided with private transportation on certain days in a week for classes like Computer and Physical Education which will be done at LCC’s main campus in Bacolod City.
On June 16, 2016, the school building will be inaugurated and the pioneer Parents-Teachers Association officers will be inducted.