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About Us

Welcome to SHJC

When you think about your next step in education and your future, it’s easy to envision a physical place, a classroom filled with unfamiliar places and complicated academics, we think about test, stocks of text books and grade point averages. Often times, school is the place where we are cautiously advised will intricately carve out our future and success.

When you arrive at this institution of higher learning you will quickly realize that all the things that you anticipated simply come together to make part of your experience. All institutions offer expert academic training to young and brilliant minds like your selves. Sacred Heart Junior College believes in providing more than lectures and assessments, we provide an experience of a lifetime to people. SHJC offers 11 concentrations and 2 certificates. We offer majors in:

  • Business
  • Accounting
  • Tourism Management
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Biology and Chemistry
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Computer Technician
  • General Studies
  • Primary Education
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Certificate in School Leadership
  • Certificate in Primary Education

Sacred Heart College is strategically located in San Ignacio Town on Joseph Andrews Drive. It is a few steps away from pharmacies, stores, restaurants and our hub – Burns Avenue. Bus lines and taxis run to and from San Ignacio passing in front of our school. Our school offers a safe environment for both high school and sixth form students with a 24-hour security and a full-time trained nurse.

Sacred Heart College has a tradition of excellence, innovation and productivity through its quality education, dynamic programs, service to the community and affordability. Join our Sacred Heart Junior College Family, be part of the Scorpion Family!

Excellence    Innovation    Productivity

SHJC History

1960

Sacred Heart College Opened

Sacred Heart College opened as the first high school in the Cayo District. The school was the brainchild of Bishop Robert Hodapp who sent Fr. Martin Avila to recruit volunteers to become teachers at the high school. Mr. Harry Martin, Papal Volunteer, became the first principal. Fr. Facundo Castillo was the most instrumental person in the formation of the college and is recognized as the founder of the school.

1960

Sacred Heart College Opened

1960

Sacred Heart College opned its doors

On the 1st of July of 1960, Sacred Heart College opened its doors for the first time at a building owned by Mr. & Mrs. Espat at the site where "Courts" is presently located.

1960

Sacred Heart College opned its doors

1960

Sacred Heart College Relocates

The college was housed for one semester at its original location and then moved under the then famous Stork Club owned by the Escander Bedran family. As remarked by one of our former pastors, "this must have been the only college in the world housed next to a bar.

1960

Sacred Heart College Relocates

1961

New Building Constructed

In 1961, through the efforts of then Area Representatives, Hector David Silva for Cayo North and Santiago Perdomo for Cayo South, (they lobbied Mr. Wahib Habet who provided all materials from the San Luis Sawmill Co.) two buildings were constructed on the hill near the Sacred Heart Church.

1961

New Building Constructed

1972

Permanent Location of Sacred Heart College

It was not until 1972 through the initiative of Fr. Osmond Peter Martin (Bishop), that a permanent location consisting of seven acres was acquired from the Government for the construction of what is today the permanent home of Sacred Heart College.

1972

Permanent Location of Sacred Heart College

1985

Board of Governors Formed

In 1985 an initiative taken by Bishop Osmond Peter Martin formed a Board of Governors for the College. The responsibility of the Board was to set policy, give direction and assist in the overall development of the institution.

1985

Board of Governors Formed

1990

Campus Expands

Sacred Heart College campus was extended by another five-acre block in June 1990.

1990

Campus Expands

1999

Sacred Heart Junior College

The Junior College opened in September 1999 and has grown from an initial enrollment of 90 students to over 600 students in 2019. The JC started as a night school sharing the same facilities as the high school. It has grown out of a community college model. Environmental Science, Marketing, International Business, Tourism and Computer Science were the original Associate Degree programs that we started with. –At that time they were some of the most innovative programs that brought students from all over the country.

1999

Sacred Heart Junior College

2014

Sacred Heart College moves

In 2014 the Sacred Heart Junior College moved to the western portion of the campus and started catering for students wishing to study during the day.

2014

Sacred Heart College moves

2019

Sacred Heart Junior College New Building

15th of February 2019, a mile stone in the life of Sacred Heart Junior College was witnessed. The first building that is built for the sole use of the Junior College. Named the Bishop Lawrence S. Nicasio Hall. It is equipped with 10 class rooms and male and female bathroom facilities in both level.

2019

Sacred Heart Junior College New Building


Campus Overview

Aerial view of our campus.

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