It all started in 1997, when the couple Rev. Dr. Mario B. Gaña and Mrs. Esmelia R. Gaña decided to put-up another school in Tarlac City, ST PAUL COLLEGE OF TARLAC, TARLAC CITY INC., in addition to the school, ST. PAUL COLLEGES FOUNDATION located in Cedasco Building, Paniqui, Tarlac which they founded in 1989. Their decision was guided by the fact that the city is one of the top markets for schools in the province and viable to continue to fulfill the dream of education for well-off students and most especially underprivileged but deserving students in the province. The school was duly recognized and accredited by the Technical Education Skills Development Authority for all its nondegree and technical courses taken by the 54 enrolled students at that time.
In 1999, with more than doubled number of students, the management decided to move at 3rd Floor Herminia Building, corner Espinosa and Rizal Streets Tarlac City, a location more accessible to majority of its students with its aim of ensuring quality yet affordable education for all. For 14 years of continuous growth and stability, the school came up with the decision to move at V & S Building, Cut-Cut 1, Tarlac City to accommodate students not just residents of Tarlac City but nearby towns. More courses were registered under the TESDA with the addition of Mobile training programs and migration of current courses to the newly promulgated training regulations. In 2015, with the implementation of K-12 Program, the school registered to DEPED its offering for Senior High School Curriculum, TVL Track with Specializations in Food and Beverage Services & Housekeeping for Home Economics; Computer Programming for Information and Communication Technology and Automotive Servicing and Motorcycle/Small Engine Servicing for Industrial Arts. Additional tracks and specializations were registered in 2017 to provide more choices for students as they transitioned from high school to real life.
At present, with continuous growth of the number of students under the technical and Senior High School Programs, the St Paul College of Tarlac, Tarlac City Inc. remained strong, firm and steadfast with the presence and support of each member of the working and teaching staff. The school aims further to register more programs under the DEPED to cater students of all ages, and to register degree programs under CHED. The school is eyeing a viable location to achieve these plans for development.