City College of SF may lose Filipino courses

By Rommel Conclara, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

April 21, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO – City College of San Francisco has a legacy of giving many Filipinos the opportunity of a college education while also learning about their culture but due to the recent accreditation issues, City College is facing possible closure.

This news is turning away students from enrolling in the school and without enough students, Filipino courses cannot be offered.

“Our message to the Filipino-American community is that City College is open,” Jeanne Batallones, the Department Chair of Philippine Studies at CCSF, said. “We are accredited. We have a home here for Filipinos. We have the only Filipino studies program in the nation and it exists here in City College of San Francisco. We have been here since the 1970s. We urgently need Filipinos to enroll here at City College because we are a community serving institution and that’s part of our legacy.”

“Research shows that positive ethinic identity development positively impacts academic achievement,” Battalones added. “When students know who they are and where they come from it not only improves their sense of self and their self-esteem, it also gives them clear direction.”

Batallones highlights that lack of fulltime teachers and counselors are reasons why students are not getting the most help from the school.

Former Board of Trustee President Rodel Rodis adds that the loss of fulltime teachers like former chair Dr. Leo Paz is another reason why Filipino courses are disappearing.

“Now with Dr. Leo Paz’ retiring, he was teaching three of four classes,” Rodis said. “Those classes are going to be replaced because the full time position he had was frozen. So that has reduced the number of classes Filipino studies has available to offer this semester and next semester.”

Fil-Am Edward Isip, who majors in history, says despite problems with accreditation and budget cuts, City College should keep its Filipino courses because it benefited many students like him.

“The faculty, they give you a lot of confidence about yourself,” Isip said. “And that’s why I want other Filipino students to enroll at City College — because I want them to succeed because I’m part of that success.”

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  • Manang
    22 April 2014 at 5:27 pm - Reply

    Ilocano language is being taught at University of Hawaii, majority of the caucasians mainland Doctors are required to take Ilocano courses, the reason is 95% of the Filipino community in Hawaii are Ilocano . They are the best medical client, because husband and wife work 2 jobs, minimum of 2-3 med insurance..

  • lolofred
    22 April 2014 at 5:36 pm - Reply

    2 jobs in Hawaii? What am i doing jobless in the mailand? Time to move!

  • manong
    30 April 2014 at 6:01 pm - Reply

    Because they only teach and speak stink Spanish in Mexicali. Welcome to Mexifornia!!! where damn Mexicans lived. Idiot people in Mexifornia…No English? Then welcome to “MEXIFORNIA”

  • Santiago Del Mundo
    10 October 2016 at 6:56 am - Reply

    Thanks Manang for bringing the fact that the Ilokano (Ilocano) dialect is being taught at the University of Hawaii. I’m pretty the Filipino culture or history is well taught there without biases. Unlike the S.F. State University where Tito Rodel Rodis is a Board of Trustee member, they are teaching the Filipino courses with serious biases and misleading information. For example, Patrick Racela, S.F. collegiate, who claimed to have studied martial law on both sides, but later dissuaded by emotionally driven stories by family members who hated Marcos. On the other side, Tito Rodel Rodis goes live on Balitang America hosting and instigating various anti-Marcos propaganda. So, the right minded FilAms or Filipinos alike, would not send their kids to S.F. University to study a flawed and bias driven Filipino course.