Education in Ormoc
Being the primate city of the province of Leyte, Ormoc City is the hub of the region in terms of numerous aspects such as politics, the economy, and transportation among other things. This being the case, one will be hardly surprise that the city is also the center of education for the province as it houses several of Leytes institutions for higher learning.
One of the major institutions for higher learning located in Ormoc is St. Peters College. St. Peters College of Ormoc holds the distinction for being the oldest Catholic school in the province of Leyte. Its original name was Colegio Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe and from its founding in 1914 up to 1930 it was run by the Sisters of Compania de Jesus. Beginning in 1930, the Missionary Benedictine Sisters of he Philippines took over the administration of the institutions and renamed it in 1966 into its present name today. The initial courses that were offered when St. Peters College first opened its doors were courses on: Commerce, Education, the Liberal Arts, Secretarial skills, and some vocational short-term courses. Since then, St. Peters College has expanded the number of courses that it offers, with the new ones catering to the present needs of the region and the country. From having only a handful of huts and a number of courses offered when it first opened in 1914, the school has certainly gone a long way in giving higher education to the people of Ormoc.
Western Leyte College, on the other hand, is the second oldest institution that offers tertiary education and it is also one of the major learning institutions in Ormoc. It is privately run and a non-sectarian college. Among the handful of courses that it offers is a baccalaureate degree in law and other courses concerning health services such as midwifery and caregiving.
Sto. Nino College meanwhile does not have the relatively long history of the last two colleges mentioned. The college, whose original name was Ormoc Vocational Institute, was founded in 1982 and was initially named by a handful of pioneers that aimed to an educational institution that will provide vocational training for the people of Ormoc. The first batch of enrollees numbering 22 students came in 1984 and everyone on that batch enrolled in the tailoring and dressmaking courses. Two years later, primary education was opened primarily for the children of the school officials. In 1994, the school changed its name into Sto. Nino School and later it again changed its name into what it uses today, Sto. Nino College. With these name changes comes an expansion as far as the schools offering of courses is concerned. In that same year, Sto. Nino College started offering degrees in criminology, in the Liberal Arts, and in primary and secondary education. The year 2007 saw further expansion in the colleges degree offerings when two degree programs, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in Tourism Management, were given government permits and offered to enrollees.
The state university of the region also has campus within Ormoc City. Eastern Visayas State University offers primary, secondary, tertiary, and even graduate education to the people of the city and the whole region. The state university focuses on engineering as majority of the college degrees that it offers are in engineering and in architecture. Apart from that, Eastern Visayas State University also offers bachelor and graduate degrees in education.
AMA Computer Learning Center also has a franchise branch in the city, offering computer courses among the others that it offers likewise in its other branches all over the Philippines.
Ormoc City may not be the geographical center of the province of Leyte but it surely is in other aspects particularly in education where the biggest institutions of higher learning are to be found within the environs of the city.