Master of Arts in Guidance and Counseling opens November 2016

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After earning the approval of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), La Consolacion College Bacolod will be opening the Master of Arts in Guidance and Counseling by second semester of Academic Year 2015-2016.

The program is designed to equip guidance counselors with higher level competencies that will enable them to design programs, manage guidance and counseling services, and develop counseling skills anchored on updates and the evolving trends in psychology. It also emphasizes on skills in administering various types of psychological examinations appropriate in various settings and conditions.

“We take pride in the strength of our own guidance and counseling resources, particularly in terms of qualifications and experience. We have a good number of experts in the field. More so because we have just opened a BS Psychology program”, said Dr. Ma. Mercedes A. Joson, Dean of the Graduate Studies and Continuing Education. The program will be delivered by industry experts and professionals, psychologists, academicians and human resource managers. Joson added that students will be exposed to various types of researches and case studies. “The aim is for students to be able to publish their work in refereed journals, to contribute to the expanding body of knowledge in guidance and counseling”, she said.

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CHED Regional Quality Assessment Team visited LCC last November 18, 2015. The  program was approved by the Management Committee and the Commission En Banc (CEB) by virtue of CEB Resolution No. 619-2016 in a letter sent by Atty. Julito D. Vitriolo, Executive Director.

Dr. Romela R. Aujero, a psychologist and LCC’s VP for Personnel and Ancillary Services is pleased by CHED’s affirmative response saying that having a post-graduate degree in the field is one of the requirements for professional license in guidance and counseling pursuant to the Guidance and Counseling Act of 2004 (RA 9258). She said that ideally schools are required to have one full-fledged guidance counselor for every 500 students but in most cases, this ratio is not met because only a few has the required qualifications. With the offering of the program, Aujero is hopeful that many will pursue the graduate study.

Although a graduate degree may not be necessary to qualify for the professional licensure examination for graduates of programs allied to the discipline like the Bachelor of Science in Psychology of LCC Bacolod, it is a requirement for graduates of other psychology programs whose curriculum do not meet the standards of CHED and the Professional Regulation Commission.

Aujero, who is also the president of the Asian Association of School HRMD Practitioners (AASHPI) in Negros said that the degree may not only be applicable for guidance counselors in academic institutions but even for personnel managers in various work sectors and environments. “There is a growing awareness of the importance of having a guidance and counseling support for people in the workplace,” she said. Work-related issues as stress, over-fatigue, bullying and personal and family issues directly impact employee performance. “Attending the graduate study will equip human resource managers with a comprehensive understanding of guidance and counseling and knowledge on how to develop an integrative counseling program incorporating core therapeutic approaches”, Aujero added.

Like other post-graduate degree offerings, a student may be able to complete the program in an average of two years but may also be finished within three semesters or 12 months if the maximum number of units allowable every semester were taken.

Sr. Jennifer Dela Cruz, OSA, VP for Finance and Administrative Services said that the program will be made more accessible through discounts in tuition fees. Those that are working in parochial schools will be given 20% discount in tuition fee while those from other schools of the Augustinian Sisters of Our Lady of Consolation (ASOLC) are entitled to 30% discount throughout their study.

Meanwhile, a crash course in psycho-trauma and crisis management is now on its second run. The two-month course that began on August 6, 2016 was met with an overwhelming response with 33 graduates mostly guidance counselors, psychologists, teachers, nurses, human resource managers and social workers. Now there are 28 students and the number of interested applicants is still increasing.

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Various events culminate first half of the year

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Culminating activities marked a lively finale to the academic life of students as they prepare for a brief mid-year break. From the main campus to Villasor, from classrooms to laboratories, from the auditorium to the quadrangle, La Consolacion College Bacolod is abuzz with each class having their own way of climaxing the first semester.

Dr. Randdie P. Cuelo, VP for Academic Affairs commended the faculty who went out of their way to motivate students to come up with outputs that celebrate their achievements in their courses. He added that the culminating activities gave more opportunities for students to participate in competitions, performances or exhibit the products of learning thereby adding more dimensions to the learning experience as making it much more fun and engaging for the students.

The General Education courses held a celebration dubbed as the “GENOLYMPICS 2016” beginning September 28 to 30. It featured various events that captured the theme “Witnessing Excellence and Diversity in General Education”. There was an exhibit from the social and natural sciences, mathematics and computer courses. There were story-telling and mythological character monologues by the students in languages and literature while the speech classes held a Speech Festival where students competed in spoken-word poetry, ABC Improvisation and character interpretation performances. Similar events were organized by the Senior High School Oral Communication classes from the ABM and HUMSS strands.

The last day of the week-long celebration saw the biggest number of events and participation. Students packed the auditorium to witness the Gen Ed Academic Bowl, verse choir contest and competitions in pop dance and jukebox singing that featured Original Filipino Music (OPM) composed and popularized by Filipino artists of the 80’s. The faculty was not remised in the celebration. Their parody of Filipino pop entertainment stars drew the loudest cheers from their un-expecting audience.

One of the highlights was the Mr. and Ms Genolympics, a pageant search for students that manifest the competencies promoted in the General Education. Unlike the usual beauty pageants, the Genolympics’ had a category that challenged the students in the design of costumes using recycled materials, the candidates’ grace in donning them and their wit in presenting their advocacies.

On the same day, the Bachelor of Science in Tourism program hosted the “Parade of Nations” which featured traditional attires from different countries around the world. The event coincides with the celebration of the United Nations’ month. Events Management students have put together the whole show while the World Tourism class took part in the styling and modeling of traditional wears to their own interpretation.

“I am very proud of what the students have accomplished. Through the event, they have shown their capability to organize and stage a show. Those who took part in ramp modeling, many of them have done only for the first time, showed confidence which is very important in the people industry,” Mrs. Aireen Gedorio, the BSTM Program Head said.

Nichole Vasquez, one of the students who organized the event said that their hardships have paid off with the successful turnout of audience and participants , “dealing with people from motivating all participants to come-up with a show the audience will like, to coaching them on style and presentation, to dealing with providers for all the event needs was not an all-too-easy task but surely, we have proven something about ourselves that enhanced our confidence to face the real world”.

Meanwhile, the Center for Augustinian Formation in cooperation with the Diocese of Bacolod celebrated the Feast of the Our Lady of the Holy Rosary through a Living Rosary at the Bacolod Public Plaza on October 7, 2016. The religious event was attended by representatives from the students, faculty, parents and alumni with the special participation of the VMA Global College.

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BLIS graduates pass professional licensure examinations

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Twelve graduates of the Bachelor of Library and Information Science (BLIS) were successful in the Librarian Licensure Examination (LLE) given by the Board of Librarians this year.  The announcement was released by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) on September 26, 2016. The examinations were administered in the cities of Manila, Baguio, Cebu, Davao and Legaspi last September 20-21, the Commission said.

The successful examinees are Nerisa Abaño, Solimar Apurado, Ma. Carmen Gumawa, Josephine Lagumbay, Jocelyn Panaguiton, Felin Paniergo, Helen Peñafiel, Romy Pineda, Teresa Porsuelo, Richel Reyes, Aida Talorong and Bethany Villarin.

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Collectively, LCC’s passing rate is 86 percent of a total of 14 examinees coming from the school, while the national passing rate is 65 percent or 738 out of 1,140 examinees nationwide. LCC Bacolod has attained a 100 percent performance rating in the LLE in 2007, 2013 and in 2015. The average passing rate for the past nine years is 76 percent against the average national passing rate of 38 percent.

LCC opened the BLIS program in 2007. To date, it is the only school in the province which offers a degree for professional librarian. It has since produced a total of 34 professional librarians now serving in various public and private educational institutions and in special and public libraries locally and abroad. It has seen an increasing enrollment in the program since and the year 2016 saw the most number of graduates and correspondingly, the most number of passers in the board examinations.

Sr. Gavina F. Barrera, OSA, LCCB President, said that LCC Bacolod is committed to providing quality education and training for Librarians in Negros. She added that the college is now working for the accreditation of the BLIS program where it can further be subjected into evaluation by an external body of experts, whose feedback will help the school improve in the delivery of the program in all of its aspects.

One of the members of the Board of Librarians, Mrs. Corazon M. Nera, who was part of the accrediting team from the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA) which conducted an audit of LCC’s library and other learning resource centers last January 27-28, 2016, said that the college’s facilities are well-equipped and has exceeded that minimum standards. She added that the BLIS program in itself has shown a history of good performance in the board examinations always exceeding the national passing rate. She also said that this is indicative of the quality of education that LCC Bacolod provides its students in the BLIS.

Mrs. Ma. Theresa Abellar, one of the graduates who had been working as a Library staff while taking BLIS as her second degree said that the program has cultivated in them the love of their profession with the dedicated instruction of the faculty combined with practical experiences through in- and off-campus internships. She added that having a comprehensive hands-on experience in running a library is essential in the board examinations which required a sound judgement based on practicality and the contexts of libraries in the Philippines.

Abellar also said that the in-house review courses given by the faculty free of charge also helped in the preparations for the board exam. Reviewers would also get helpful tips and notes from those that have successfully passed the examinations.

LCC’s Chief Librarian and BLIS Program Head, Mrs. Eden Q. Yong, said that in the next five years, the college is looking into offering a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. In order to get there, the college must pursue the accreditation of the BLIS program along with the continuing upgrading of the learning resources which is now increasingly taking advantage of the advancements in technology (ICT).

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