The story of John B. Lacson Colleges Foundation - Bacolod is inseparable from the history of its mother school in Iloilo City. For like the mother school, its past was rooted upon the same people who gave its birth, watched it grow and dreamt of its future.
It was born out of the same zeal, commitment and education, to give out the best education as dreamt by its founder, Captain Juan B. Lacson, a reserved Lieutenant Commander in the United States Coast Guard Service. This is the same zeal which was continued by its first President, Dr. Mary Lou Lacson Arcelo.
The mother school in Iloilo City and JBLCF - Bacolod may differ in some aspects of their growth and development, but both carries the same principles, philosophy, and objectives that brought the school various distinctions.
JBLCF-Bacolod started as an extension branch/campus of the Iloilo Maritime Academy in Iloilo City. The eight (8)-hectare lot where it serenely nestles was acquired in 1974; and operations started in 1976, offering associated courses in Maritime Education.
It was in 1984 when JBLCF - Bacolod was granted government recognition for its Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation (BSMT) and Associate in Marine Engineering (AME) courses.
The rapid growth of the college had paved the way for diversification that led to the offering of the Bachelor of Science in Customs Administration (BSCA) in 1988.
The year 1994 became a year of transition, a year of change. To enhance the development of each campus, JBLCF was divided into five units namely JBLCF-Arevalo, JBLCF-Bacolod, JBLCF-Molo, JBLCF-Puerto del Mar and JBLF-Mother Foundation. Thus, the John B. Lacson Foundation System was born to oversee the synchronized operations of the five units.
From then on, there was a rapid progress in JBLCF-Bacolod. In the same year the government granted recognition for its degree on Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering (BSMarE).
In 1996, the JBLF System, in its intense propensity to be internationally competitive in maritime education, started to seek accreditation with the DNV (Det Norske Veritas), a reputable international assessor, accredited JBLFMU as the first accredited maritime learning institution in the Philippines. In order to adapt what the agency requires, new offices were put up to further brace the manifestation that JBLCF remarkably warrants to be acclaimed.
The Quality Assurance office which is concerned with streamlining of the system's functions and ensuring that continuous improvement is attained was established.
Research and Development is one of the vital concerns of the institution for the quest of excellence. The acquisition of various equipment, the upgrading of the laboratories and the dormitory, and the construction of the swimming pool are only few of the proofs that JBLCF-Bacolod endeavored for excellence in maritime education.
In addition, the Center for Review, Competency and Assessment (CRCA) was put up to cater students’ needs in logbook/workbook evaluation, assessment of competencies as required by IMO/STCW and review classes for PRC licensure examination. Also, the office through Continuous Maritime Education Program started to offer short courses in Basic Safety including Elementary First Aid (EFA), Personal Survival Techniques (PST), Fire Fighting and Fire Prevention (FF/FP) and Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities (PSSR). The actual training is conducted in Puerto del Mar in Guimaras.
From a handful population in 1976, JBLCF-Bacolod gradually increased its enrollment to more than two thousand as it offered other courses such as the Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management major in Cruise Ship Services in 2000 and the One-Year Seafarer: Catering/Stewarding in 2002.
John B. Lacson Colleges Foundation-Bacolod, Inc. with its DNV and ISO 9001:2000 Certifications, and Level II Re-accredited status by PACUCOA is persistent in its dream of achieving academic excellence in maritime and maritime-related education both in national and international market.