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SMC History

A Catholic institution of higher learning in Iligan City, administered by the Religious of the Virgin Mary (RVM), offering four levels of education: elementary, secondary, tertiary and graduate school.

1914 The school was founded as a catechetical center by Rev. Fr. Felix Cordova, S.J.

1915 The school was formally established as Escuela de San Miguel in honor of Iligan's patron saint, Saint Michael the Archangel. The RVM sisters were invited to teach at the Escuela with Mo. Ma. Micaela Cuenca, RVM as the first superior and principal.

1928 Escuela de San Miguel offered complete elementary education.

1938 First year high school classes were opened and the Escuela was renamed St. Michael's Academy (SMA).

1941 Classes were interrupted due World War II.

1945 After the war, classes resumed and complete secondary education was offered.

1949 SMA turned out its first graduates in the secondary level.

1951 First college commencement exercise was held. Degrees offered included Liberal Arts, Education and Commerce.

1952 The school attained full college status and the name was changed to St. Michael's College (SMC).

1954 SMC became an exclusive school for girls in compliance with a church directive. The boys were turned over to the Columban Fathers at the former St. Columban Academy (now La Salle Academy)

1962 A big fire completely destroyed the three-storey wooden building. Classes were temporarily held at the Sisters' convent and La Salle Academy.

1964 The main campus with the Marian and St. Joseph Buildings were constructed. Fronting St. Michael's Cathedral, the main campus reflects the glow of the oldest Catholic learning institution in Iligan City.

1976 The six-storey Sacred Heart Building was constructed. It had undergone renovation with its present five-storey structure. Now, it houses the RVM Sisters' convent, criminology laboratories and some classrooms as well.

In the same year, the Bachelor of Science in Home Economics was added to the collegiate courses. The Graduate School had also opened with the course, Master of Arts in education.

1970-1976 Within this span of time, additional college programs such as Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and Junior Secretarial Course were opened. The Graduate School was given Government recognition. The Kindergarten School also started.

1979 The construction of a two-storey building in Barangay San Miguel (formerly Tibanga) was completed. It now houses the graders' classrooms and the library of the Basic Education Department (BED).

1984 Three academic programs in the College Department namely: Education, Liberal Arts and Commerce applied for PAASCU accreditation.

1985 The PAASCU Team conducted its preliminary survey on the three college programs as an initial step for accreditation. During this year also, an annex building was constructed in the Grade School campus in Brgy. San Miguel. At present, the clinic and laboratories of the BED are the said building.

1987 The three programs in the College Department underwent the first formal survey visit of the PAASCU Team. Given the qualifying marks, the programs of Education, Liberal Arts and Commerce were granted Level I accredited status. This year, the Mother Foundress Building in the main campus was also constructed. In this building, the Guidance Center, nursing skills and science laboratories are now situated.

1993 The construction of the four-storey building in Brgy. San Miguel was begun. It was completed in the following year. Since then, the High School Department was transferred from the main campus to this building.

1994-1995 The three departments were granted re-accreditation status after a formal PAASCU survey visit. The College was given a three-year Level accredited status, while the Grade School and High School were granted five-year Level II accredited status. During this school year, new courses and major fields were opened such as: Associate in Computer Engineering ladderized to BS Computer Engineering, BSC Computer Science, BS Commerce major in Information Management and BS Education major in Computer Education.

1996 On September 18, 1996, the new courses were given government recognition. Within this school year, improvement of facilities and renovation of offices were undertaken which brought about the construction of computer laboratories in the College Department. Computerization and automation in the offices of the president, registrar, and finance were also initiated. Local networking among these offices started the following school year.

1997-1998 The three academic programs in the College Department underwent a formal PAASCU survey visit on February 16-17, 1998. During this school year, SMC ventured into a consortium with Cebu Normal University for the opening of the course, Doctor of Education (Ed.D.). Extension classes went on for some semesters in SMC but then later they were relocated to the CNU main campus in Cebu City.

1998-1999 Massive renovation, face lifting of the buildings in the main campus, improvement of facilities and acquisition of modern instructional tools were undertaken. Major offices were transferred to new locations. Additional computer laboratories were completed. The chapel in its present location became functional together with the library and audio-visual room.

2000-2002 The school's physical plant continued to be refurbished. Renovation was done in the auditorium, the former home economics laboratory and music room (now used as classrooms.). The new air-conditioned library, canteen and students' lounge became functional. The newly-constructed St. Joseph's Gymnasium at the San Miguel campus was inaugurated.

2002-2003 The three programs in the College Department, namely: Liberal Arts, Education and Commerce undertook the formal survey visit of PAASCU. With positive results, these programs were granted Level II re-accredited status for a period of five years.

2003-2005 Improvements on the physical plant remained as one of the highlights of the school's achievement in both campuses. This can be seen in the construction of a computerized speech laboratory in the Basic Education Department, creation of a well-furnished kiddie play center, unification of the library for the Grade School and High School and a projection room. College offices were refurbished with a more conducive ambiance. New courses were opened in the College Department such as the Bachelor of Hotel and Restaurant Management (BSHRM), Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Bachelor of Science in Criminology (BS Crim.). With these new courses, more facilities were provided such as separate laboratories for nursing skills, criminology, and speech and hotel practicum. The HRM students were provided with a luxurious mini-hotel on a separate building as a venue for hands-on training. A new chapel in the San Miguel campus was also completed. Side by side with the school's expansion, total quality apparently became the institutional thrust. This was concretized in the implementation of the principles of 5S 1 in good housekeeping.

2007-2008 SMC begins with the year with empowerment through Research and Extension which dynamically inculcates culture in research. Dr. Norberto Padua, former Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Commissioner, works as the research consultant for the realization of this endeavor.

The school's CES, now called Mother Ignacia Center for Social Responsibility (MICSR), shifts from giving dole-outs to selfless stewardship and sustainable partnership in community development. It has further bonded with different institutions and supporting programs that provide community extension services to less-fortunate families through the U ROCK implementation.

The inauguration of the Alumni Office is increasing the effort in continuously linking every past Michaelite to his/her Alma Mater. It now has a Director who connects past graduates to the SMC's present plans and activities. Public relations are indeed intensified through the said new offices.

The College of Nursing launched the first batch of graduates (dated March 17, 2007) and incorporated consultancy with UP Manila, and Millennium Review Center (formerly GAPUZ) for the Nursing Enrichment as well as Board Review. BSHRM has sent sixteen (16) students for the on-the-job training at West Virginia, USA aside from other significant linkages with Manila and Cebu's finest hotel establishments.

The College of Criminology received at last their Certificate of Recognition for the fourth year level from CHED. Likewise, TESDA went into full operation with additional courses offered, ensuring the smooth drive for technological excellence. The Ignacian Communications (iComm) Office was also inaugurated, serving as the hub for social communication and information management using technologies.

Program innovations were implemented, boasting of the brilliant and colorful INDIGAY 2007, which paved the way for daring sports, literary and cultural activities during Intramurals. Personnel's Day was celebrated with the Red Carpet evening, giving recognition to the school's hardworking faculty and staff. Truly SMC is weaving higher as it provides every Michaelite the best connection to their brighter future.

2008-2009 Responding to the resounding call for social awareness, St. Michael's College opens her doors to her surrounding communities with a strong linkage to Gawad Kalinga "GK", as spearheaded by the Mother Ignacia Center for Social Responsibility (MICSR). This is to highlight one the institution's core values which is SERVICE.

Further, SMC is also currently undertaking a new facelift in terms of her infrastructure with the massive renovation and modernization of the Instructional Media Center / Library facilities and the construction of a 5-story building which caters additional classrooms, museum, and audio visual Rooms.

As she moves on with the changing times, SMC once again embarks on a new journey with the PAASCU Reaccredidation Visit for Level III Status this coming October 4 and 5, 2008.

2009-2010 For Academic Year (AY) 2009-2010, SMC continued to move on with greater passion, greater heights and greater moments. Fresh starts with more creative ventures found its way as S. Ma. Lorina A. Jumawan, RVM was appointed by the Religious of the Virgin Mary (RVM) Congregation as the next president of the school. Together with her, were the appointments of new RVM sisters and lay as administrators as well as the new members for the Board of Trustees (BOT).

Below were the major breakthroughs:

  1. Hosting / Grand Launch of the BOTO MO, IPATROL MO, AKO ANG SIMULA in Iligan City and Lanao del Norte at the Tibanga Campus last September 21, 2009. This was a strong advocacy of the school in connection with the May 2010 election as linked with the Region X ABS CBN.
  2. Grand Launch of MIKEL GO 100. The 1st year centennial countdown as the school celebrated the 95th year of founding anniversary last December, 2009.
  3. Mr. Jomar D. Maramara became the TOP 6 board national passer along with the 11 passers of the Criminology Licensure Examination with 80% school passing rate.
  4. For the CHRM, it has maintained its performance for the 3rd time as the over-all 1st runner up in the KUMBIRA 2010 held in CDO, Region X. Further, three lucky HRM students namely, Jether Allan A. Trangia, Allen Dexter S. Quing, and Federico P. Veloso. Further, the college awarded as Champion (with Silver award) in the 2009 National Chef Wars (Student Category), last September 4-6, 2009 in Makati City.
  5. Opening of new college courses such as BS Accountancy, BS Information Systems and Master of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management , a consortium program with the Philippine Women's Univeristy.
  6. Continued innovations such as improvement in the Information Technology Center with new office, 24/7 server with PLDT I-gate internet, improved scope of the campus wifi, better school website with its new address (www.smciligan.edu.ph), and acquisition of relevant IT facilities (such as the DLSR camera), renovation of the Assumption Building in Tibanga BEd Campus (featuring multiple classrooms, kiddie center, creativity center, and the Instructional Media Center (IMC), repainting of the gymnasium's railings, bleachers and the court and the new facelift of the auditoriums stage with additional provisions of dressing rooms, minor repainting and renovation of the offices, and purchased of additional equipments and facilities such as surveillance cameras, additional flat screen computers, among others.

For Summer 2010, SMC HEd proceeded with the renovation of the Chapel, clinic, auditorium's roofing, and comfort rooms, transfer and enhancement of the Engineering laboratory, additional canteen station, as well as extension of the student lounge. Meanhwile, SMC BEd renovated the Marian Building as far as the comfort rooms, science laboratory , roofing and minor repainting.

SMC closed the 95th year and the AY with the Commencement Exercises of both departments. The HEd in particular invited Mr. Tony Meloto during the 61st Commencement Exercise with the theme, BEYOND BEGININGS!

As for the year 2, we greet AY 2010-2011 as we all say, VIVA SMC!


St. Michael's College of Iligan City, a Catholic institution of higher learning in Iligan City, administered by the Religious of the Virgin Mary (RVM), offering four levels of education: elementary, secondary, tertiary and graduate school.

Its programs are accredited by the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU) for 25 years, a silver triumph indeed!

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