Notre Dame of Tacurong College

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Notre Dame of Tacurong College
Kolehiyo ng Notre Dame ng Tacurong
Notre Dame of Tacurong College seal.jpg
Motto "Excel at all times"
Established 1950
Type Private College
Academic affiliation Roman Catholic
President Rev. Fr. Jessie P. Pasquin, DCC
Location City of Tacurong, PhilippinesPhilippines
Hymn Notre Dame Hymn
Colors White and Green         
Nickname NDTCeans
Website Official NDTC Website

Notre Dame of Tacurong College is a private school run by the Archdiocese of Cotabato. It has been a member of the Notre Dame Educational Association, a group of Notre Dame Schools in the Philippines under the patronage of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

History[edit]

Notre Dame of Tacurong the president of the student council Romeo Limson and has a daughter named Trixie Limson. upon instruction from Bishop Gerard Mongeau, OMI, to establish a Notre Dame school in Tacurong. A wooden structure was built in the 5-hectare land donated by Sabas Buenacosa, a pioneering settler of Tacurong, to welcome 250 high school boys and girls to a Catholic education.

In 1957, the girls were entrusted to the Dominican Sisters (O.P.) while the boys were left under the direction of the Oblate Fathers.

In response to the repeated requests of the people of Tacurong and nearby municipalities, the college and the elementary were opened in 1963. College courses offered were BSEED, BSE and Liberal Arts. A year after, the course in commerce was opened. In 1964, the college administration building was inaugurated and in 1965, the first commencement exercise was held with 35 ETC graduates.

In view of missionary concerns, the OMI’s left the corridors of NDTC in 1974 after 24 years of administering the school.

From 1975 to 1980, the Marist Brothers of the Schools took over the administration of the school. The following year ushered the coming of another wave of administrators, the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena.

Under the OP Sisters, the high school night session was opened in 1982 to cater to the underprivileged out-of-school youth and working students. It was also during this year that the construction of the 3-storey college building was started. In 1987, the construction was finished and acquired occupancy permit for the second and third floor.

The succeeding years up to year 2000, saw the significant development of the school in terms of infrastructure and physical facilities: the construction of the gymnasium, the H.E. building, the nursing laboratory, the three-storey Sullivan building, the NDTC Centrum, the elementary and high school canteens, the computer laboratories for high school and elementary, and the installation of the internet.

Considering the adequacy of its manpower and facilities and in response to the demands of the time, the school offered two-year vocational course in computer programming, computer secretarial, computer systems technician, hotel and restaurant management, nursing aide, travel and tourism, four-year course in criminology, computer science and social work.

The OP Sisters administered the school for 22 years. In 2000, Notre Dame of Tacurong College celebrated its historic Golden Jubilee, marking 50 years of service and quality education to generate further productive citizens for the years to come. In 2002, the contract of the OP expired and the school was turned over to the Archdiocese of Cotabato, the current owner of the school. On June 21, 2002, then Rev. Fr. Jose Colin M. Bagaforo, DCC was installed as the 8th President of NDTC, and the first Diocesan Clergy of Cotabato priest to head the school. Massive academic and infrastructure development programs were done and accomplished in his administration and institutional priorities were also laid down. In February 2, 2006 he was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cotabato and his Episcopal Ordination was on April 25 in the same year. As his term ended, another president was installed in the person of Rev. Fr. Antonio P. Pueyo, DCC, Ed.D. and his inauguration as the 9th President was on June 22, 2007. A new wave of programs, opportunities and improving school facilities and services were made under his tenure. Fine examples of these are the culmination of the construction of the NDTC Centrum II and the St. Jean-Marie Vianney Chapel. Another historic celebration was also happened in his term: the school's 60th anniversary (Diamond Jubilee) in the years 2010-2011. After 5 years in office, he celebrated his 60th birthday and retirement from the presidency in February 21, 2012 (his actual birthday is Feb. 22). Rev. Fr. Jessie P. Pasquin, DCC replaced him as the 10th and current President of the school. His Inauguration was on June 29, 2012 held on the Chapel.

College and Courses[edit]

The Notre Dame of Tacurong College is composed of 3 colleges namely:

 - College of Arts and Sciences and Education
   (Dean: Angelie Fiel C. Ballena, Ed.D.)
 - College of Business and Technical Vocational Courses
   (Dean: Marylou J. Tayong, DM)
 - College of Nursing
   (Dean: Sr. Carol Jickain, OND)

The CAS-Ed is composed of several courses.

 - Bachelor of Elementary Education
 - Bachelor of Secondary Education
 - Bachelor of Science in Criminology
 - Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
 - Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering
 - Bachelor of Science in Social Work
 - Bachelor of Arts major in Philosophy

The CB and Tech. Voc. is also composed of several course like:

 - Bachelor of Science in Accountancy
 - Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
 - Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management
 - Bachelor of Science in Accounting Tech.
 - Diploma Information Technology
 - Hotel and Restaurant Services

The CN is composed of:

 - Bachelor of Science in Nursing
 - Bachelor of Science in Midwifery