Central Colleges of the Philippines
The Central Colleges of the Philippines (CCP) is a privately-owned school founded on 18 January 1954 by a group of educators seeking to produce competent engineers and architects trained in the most cutting-edge methods and techniques. It is located in Quezon City, Metro Manila, across the street from SM City Sta. Mesa. Offering education in secondary, tertiary and post-graduate levels, CCP is co-educational, and also accepts international students. It also offers internships, research and community outreach programs.
Formerly called Polytechnic Colleges of the Philippines, CCP was founded on 18 January 1954 by a group of respected educators that included Manuel I. Felizardo, Vicente Y. Orosa, Ciriaco Y. Coronel and Emilio M. Javier. It was first intended to become a technical school.
The school's founding president was Gonzalo T. Vales, a civil engineering graduate of the University of Southern California. Prior to heading CCP, he was the dean of the Mapua Institute of Technology.
When it opened, the school had only one building and around three hundred students and offered a limited number of programs: bachelor of science degrees in civil, mechanical, electrical and chemical engineering; and a separate course in surveying.
The high school department was established two years later, with Miguel Pacquing as its first principal. It was followed in 1960 by the opening of the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Business Administration.
In 1969, the Polytechnic Colleges of the Philippines was renamed as the Central Colleges of the Philippines and Hermenegildo R. Reyes became the board of trustees chairman. Reyes was a prominent educator, an accomplished civil engineer at the time and was formerly the dean of the FEU Institute of Technology and a member of the University of the Philippines Board of Regents.
Reyes was also president of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and of the UP Alumni Association for 7 terms, a record which is as yet unbroken. It was during his incumbency that additional courses were launched: secretarial administration and agri-business management in 1977 and the doctor of optometry degree in 1981.
The Antonino Hall, the Engineering Building and the Don Paulino Reyes Hall were also constructed during Reyes' term to address the continuous rise of the student population. During this time, an extension campus was constructed to house the high school department and the College of Secretarial Administration.
After Reyes' thirteen years in office, it was decided that trial lawyer Crispino P. Reyes would succeed him as president. This second Reyes was a graduate of the Ateneo de Manila University College of Law and held a master of laws degree from the University of Michigan. He was a professorial lecturer at the UP College of Law for 27 years and is currently the chairman of the board-emeritus of the Ateneo de Manila Law Alumni Association.
Reyes' administration expanded the school's vision, brought its curricular program up to date and further improved its facilities.
In 1979, the graduate school of CCP was established. This facility offered both MBA and MAT courses and gave the college faculty and the students an opportunity to pursue further studies.
In 1986, courses in electronics and communications engineering, information technology, computer science and computer engineering were added in response to the growing needs of these industrial sectors. A contemporary computer science building was constructed in 1994 to house a growing population of computer technology-related students.
In 2005, the C. P. Reyes Hall, easily one of the most imposing landmarks along Aurora Boulevard, was inaugurated to house the College of Nursing.
CCP currently offers the following courses:
- Arts & Sciences
- Business Administration
- Computer Studies
CCP has two campuses: the main campus and the extension campus. In the main campus are the PR Hall, GV Hall, HR Hall, CyberPort and the AR Hall. The High School Department and College of Nursing are located in the extension campus, which is formally named the Consorcia Reyes Hall. The school's gym and ELC (English Learning Center) are also located in the extension campus, and in the future, the College of Hotel and Restaurant Management and the College of Tourism will also be housed within these grounds.