Vision, Mission, Goals

About Pensacola State College

Pensacola State College is a public, comprehensive community college that was founded as Pensacola Junior College in 1948. As the oldest and largest college in the Panhandle, PSC serves traditional and non-traditional students in Northwest Florida and Southern Alabama.

During its first year, 136 students enrolled at the college. Current enrollment is about 26,000 students.
With six convenient locations, PSC has campuses in Milton, Pensacola and Warrington as well as centers in Century and South Santa Rosa County. The Downtown Center is headquarters for corporate training programs.

Pensacola State College is widely recognized as a premier, student-friendly college that competes with the best – offering more than 100 programs, state-of-the-art resources, and a stellar faculty. Nationally ranked in the Top One Percent in affordable tuition, Pensacola State College is a smart move toward a bachelor’s degree or a high-tech career. Offerings include: Bachelor of Applied Science in Administration and Supervision, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, and career oriented certificate programs.

The B.A.S. and B.S.N. programs open doors for career advancement and retraining for those who have completed associate degrees. Students earning A.A. degrees have a guaranteed transfer to Florida’s 12 state universities. Students also transfer easily to prestigious colleges such as Cornell, Duke, Vanderbilt and Tulane. For students earning A.S. degrees and career oriented certificates, job placement is nearly 100 percent in many technical areas. The A.S. degree also transfers to Florida universities. Pensacola State also offers excellent opportunities via Dual Enrollment, Collegiate High School, Adult Basic Education, GED and Continuing Education programs.

For more information, call (850)484-1547.

Strategic Plan 2013-2018

Introduction

Pensacola State College, serving Escambia and Santa Rosa counties and surrounding Alabama communities, was established as Florida’s first public State college by the state legislature in 1947. Classes were first offered in 1948 to 136 students; Pensacola State College now serves more than 22,000 students annually.

The development of the Pensacola State College Strategic Plan included the creation of a new vision statement, mission statement, and the establishment of a process for planning that includes overall institutional goals and objectives assigned to the appropriate functional units and administrative offices of the College.

By participating in customer satisfaction surveys and an in-depth S.W.O.T. analysis, thousands of the College’s stakeholders, both on campus and in the community, played a direct role in the development of this plan. The Strategic Planning Committee was made up of a broad cross section of institutional representation, including student, instructional and business affairs personnel. Through a series of retreats, the District Board of Trustees and college administrators provided guidance and wise counsel.

College Vision

Pensacola State College educates students through a dynamic and supportive learning environment that develops all students intellectually, culturally, and socially, preparing them to succeed within the global community.

College Mission

Pensacola State College, under the governance of a local Board of Trustees, is committed to providing quality, affordable, and accessible educational opportunities through a variety of delivery methods.

The College, a member of the Florida College System, offers baccalaureate and associate degrees, workforce certificates, adult education leading to a high school diploma or GED, business and industry training, non-credit continuing education, community outreach, and cultural enrichment opportunities for students and the community.

College Institutional Priorities

  1. Enhance partnerships to further develop capabilities to better serve students and the community.
  2. Invest in people by:

    a. Using evaluation processes for continuous improvement;

    b. Ensuring professional development and training opportunities to help create a culture of continuous improvement;

    c. Providing reward and recognition programs; and

    d. Formally celebrating achievement, productivity, and continuous improvement.

  3. Enhance the quality of instructional programs and services by measurably:

    a. Improving student learning,

    b. Improving student retention and completion,

    c. Improving satisfaction in all aspects of the student experience, and

    d. Increasing access to instructional programs and services through

    -use of technology, and

    -maintaining a physical presence in strategic locations throughout the college service area.

  4. Seek new financial resources for the College and College Foundations.
  5. Ensure that existing resources are effectively utilized through improved efficiencies, entrepreneurial business practices, and established sound fiscal management.
  6. Acquire new resources to maintain and upgrade existing facilities, construct new facilities to better support learning and student and community services and enhance college programs and services.
  7. Seek increased diversity and promote a campus climate where the principles of affirmative action, equal opportunity, and multiculturalism are valued.
  8. Continuously improve customer service, campus safety, campus beautification, use of technology, institutional effectiveness processes, community service and internal communications.
  9. Market the College and programs of the College through current and emerging media conduits.

Mission Statement

Pensacola State College, under the governance of a local Board of Trustees, is committed to providing quality, affordable, and accessible educational opportunities through a variety of delivery methods.

The College, a member of the Florida College System, offers baccalaureate and associate degrees, workforce certificates, adult education leading to a high school diploma or GED, business and industry training, non-credit continuing education, community outreach, and cultural enrichment opportunities for students and the community.

Vision Statement

Pensacola State College educates students through a dynamic and supportive learning environment that develops all students intellectually, culturally, and socially, preparing them to succeed within the global community.

College Institutional Priorities

  1. Enhance partnerships to further develop capabilities to better serve students and the community.
  2. Invest in people by:

    a. Using evaluation processes for continuous improvement;

    b. Ensuring professional development and training opportunities to help create a culture of continuous improvement;

    c. Providing reward and recognition programs; and

    d. Formally celebrating achievement, productivity, and continuous improvement.

  3. Enhance the quality of instructional programs and services by measurably:

    a. Improving student learning,

    b. Improving student retention and completion,

    c. Improving satisfaction in all aspects of the student experience, and

    d. Increasing access to instructional programs and services through

    -use of technology, and

    -maintaining a physical presence in strategic locations throughout the college service area.

  4. Seek new financial resources for the College and College Foundations.
  5. Ensure that existing resources are effectively utilized through improved efficiencies, entrepreneurial business practices, and established sound fiscal management.
  6. Acquire new resources to maintain and upgrade existing facilities, construct new facilities to better support learning and student and community services and enhance college programs and services.
  7. Seek increased diversity and promote a campus climate where the principles of affirmative action, equal opportunity, and multiculturalism are valued.
  8. Continuously improve customer service, campus safety, campus beautification, use of technology, institutional effectiveness processes, community service and internal communications.
  9. Market the College and programs of the College through current and emerging media conduits.

Pensacola State College District

Pensacola State College serves Escambia and Santa Rosa counties in Florida as well as surrounding Alabama communities. The population of the two-county area is nearly 450,000. The area is best known for its sugar-white beaches, historical significance, health care institutions, and military installations, one of which hosts the world famous Blue Angels flight demonstration team and the National Museum of Naval Aviation.

Faculty

Pensacola State College is proud of its highly qualified faculty. Typical preparation of the academic faculty member consists of graduate work beyond the master’s degree. Many faculty members hold doctorates. Faculty in vocational programs are trained specialists whose thorough knowledge of the occupation comes from both formal study and career experience.

Though Pensacola State College students come primarily from the local community, faculty are drawn from various colleges and universities across the nation to broaden the scope of instruction.

Pensacola State College faculty members hold positions on boards and commissions and belong to professional and scholarly organizations. Many are engaged in research and have authored articles, monographs, and textbooks.

In 1986, Pensacola State College established the Academy of Teaching Excellence to recognize outstanding faculty. Each year, four full-time faculty and one adjunct faculty are inducted into the Academy, and one outstanding new faculty member is honored.

Pensacola State College faculty also benefit from a number of endowed teaching chairs that are supported by private contributions to provide travel and research opportunities.

Pensacola State College Foundation, Inc.

The Pensacola State College Foundation, Inc., is a private, non-profit corporation that has been established to encourage, solicit, receive, and administer gifts and bequests of property and funds for the benefit of the College and College activities. The Pensacola State College Foundation is administered by a Board of Governors made up of members of the community who have an interest in the College.

The Pensacola State College Foundation promotes the annual giving program of the College and solicits funds for various college projects. In addition, donations are sought for scholarships and other worthwhile projects, which assist the College and its students.

As a tax-assisted institution, Pensacola State College cannot meet all needs with state and student support. The Pensacola State College Foundation assists in obtaining private support to supplement College budgets. The Pensacola State College Foundation is a 501(c)3 tax deductible non-profit corporation and a direct support organization chartered by the state of Florida to provide private support to the College.

The Board of Governors of the Pensacola State College Foundation meets quarterly and holds an annual meeting to elect new governors.

Rankings & Designations

Pensacola State College

January 2018

Four PSC employees named “InWeekly” Rising Stars 

Lynsey Listau, Michael Listau, Layla Zandi and Kasey Jones were named to InWeekly’s 2018 Rising Stars listing.

 

Jan. 31, 2018                                                        

PSC’s Mobile Welding Program named a national 2018 Bellwether Award finalist

Pensacola State College’s Century Mobile Welding Program was recognized as one of the Top Ten Finalists for a 2018 National Bellwether Award.

The National Bellwether Awards annually recognize outstanding and innovative programs and practices that are successfully leading community colleges into the future.

 

February 2018                                                            

PSC’s Vet Tech Program gains full accreditation

  • In February 2018, Pensacola State College’s Veterinary Technology program received full accreditation from the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Committee on Veterinary Technical Education and Activities.

The Vet Tech program, which has held provisional accreditation since 2013, prepares students to take the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE.) Once a student passes the VTNE, they are eligible to practice as a Credentialed Vet Tech (CVT) in the state to which they apply. In the past five years, 64 students have graduated from the Pensacola State program.

 

Feb. 6, 2018

Collegiate High selected FBLA Outstanding Chapter of Year

Pensacola State’s Collegiate High Future Business Leaders of America chapter was named the Outstanding FBLA Chapter of the Year during the 2018 District 1 Conference Awards Ceremony.

Two members placed first in competition and advanced to the state conference. Two other chapter members placed second and will serve as voting delegates at the conference.

 

Feb. 19, 2018                                                                     

PSC designated a 2018 Military Friendly School by Victory Media

Pensacola State College was named a 2018 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media. This is the ninth consecutive year, PSC has received the designation awarded to U.S. colleges, universities and trade schools that dedicate resources to military students to ensure success in the classroom and after graduation.

 

Feb. 20, 2018                                                         

Pensacola State College unveils new Charles W. Lamar Studio

A standing-room only crowd turned out for the ribbon cutting and grand opening celebration of Pensacola State College’s Charles W. Lamar Studio on Feb. 20.

 

Located adjacent to the Anna Lamar Switzer Center for Visual Arts, the 11,000-square-foot studio was made possible by a $1 million gift from the Lamar, Reilly and Switzer families in 2014. The donation served as seed money for the construction of the $3 million facility which was completed in 2017.

 

February 2018
Pensacola State to receive $1.86M in job growth grant funds

Pensacola State College has received $1.86 million for workforce training programs from an $85 million Florida Job Growth Grant Fund.

The college was among nine entities awarded $35 million of the total funding, Gov. Rick Scott announced on Tuesday, Feb. 6, in Jacksonville.

March 2018
Campus Safety Month
Beginning March 1 with the Safety Month Kickoff and Law Enforcement Panel, daily events followed including workshops, discussions and demonstrations designed to foster safety awareness. A “Safety Day” was held at each campus and representatives from local police and fire departments, the Red Cross, Escambia Emergency Management, the Arrive Alive Tour Drunk & Distracted Driving Simulator, and Lakeview Center’s SHAPE (Substance-abuse, HIV Assessment & Prevention Education) bus offered a variety of learning opportunities for students, faculty and staff.  Free food, t-shirts, and other giveaways were a big hit as well.

 

A variety of safety-related topics were covered including cyber security, identity theft and interacting with law enforcement.  First aid seminars provided AED and CPR training and personal protection training sessions offered instruction in Krav Maga (“Contact Combat,”) self-defense for women and active shooter training.

Safety Month wrapped up on March 22 with a Personal Safety Panel that featured experts on mental health, domestic violence, human trafficking and social media threats.  Following a brief presentation on each topic, audience members participated in an engaging question and answer session with the four panelists.

 

March 2018

Rainy day video wins PSC baseball team field tarp from Blue Wahoos 

A picture may be worth a thousand words but a video turned out to be a home run for the Pensacola State Pirates baseball team.

The Pirates beat out baseball organizations from Arizona to Georgia to win a field tarp from the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. The Blue Wahoos received a new tarp for its seventh season, and held a video contest to find a home for the old one which was still in good condition.

The 30-second video had to be posted to the baseball team’s Facebook page with the Blue Wahoos being tagged in the post. The contest ran from late February until March 2.

Pensacola State’s  “fishing on the field” video won the contest and featured Pirates ─ Chad Bryant, Jared Hatch, A.J. Yates, Aaron Ginn, J.R. Breeden and Josh Rulli “fishing” on a very wet field on a rainy game day.

 

April 6, 2018                                                                      

HB 75 advances ‘military-friendly’ education opportunities

Gov. Rick Scott signed HB 75/Military Assistance Bill on April 6, which authorizes Pensacola State College to waive fees for active duty military students using tuition assistance. The bill unanimously passed the Senate and House on March 13.

Beginning July 1, Florida College System institutions, which includes Pensacola State College, will be able to use the U. S. Department of Defense Military Tuition Assistance (MTA) program to waive any portion of fees for student activities and services, financial aid, technology, and capital improvements.

The Military Tuition Program covers tuition expenses for service members at postsecondary education institutions. There are currently 328 active duty military students enrolled in Pensacola State College who use MTA to pay for their education.

 

April 2018                                                               

4 faculty member inducted into 2018 Academy of Teaching Excellence 

Four Pensacola State faculty members have been selected for induction into the college’s Academy of Teaching Excellence.  The faculty members are:

  • Jeanne Branch, Assistant Professor, Business
  • Roberta Harvey, Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences
  • Dr. Vasanth Ramachandran, Assistant Professor, Physical Sciences
  • Dr. Barbara Reitz, Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences

The Teaching Excellence awards are designed to recognize outstanding classroom instructors who demonstrate sustained teaching excellence as measured by four criteria:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of and enthusiasm for subject matter
  • Good rapport/relationship with students
  • Effective course content and organization, and
  • Effective instructional methods.

 

April 2018                                                               

6 PSC students win ADDY awards at state gala, 2 advance to national competition 

  • In April 2018, six Pensacola State College visual arts students earned three gold and five silver awards at the 57th Annual 4th District American Advertising Awards Gala in Orlando.

Kelly Bestgen won two gold awards while Alicia Kanuck won one gold award. The two automatically advanced to the 2018 national competition.

 

April/May 2018                

PSC hosted statewide SkillsUSA conference April 30, May 1

Pensacola State College hosted the 2018 SkillsUSA Florida State Leadership and Skills Conference April 30 and May 1.

The conference, along with the Worlds of Possibilities Career Expo, was held at the Pensacola Bay Center. The event attracted about 6,000 visitors and had a $3.8 million impact on the local economy.

Thousands of Escambia County and Santa Rosa County students visited the Worlds of Possibilities Career Expo on April 30 and May 1. The expo included 12 hands-on interactive worlds, where more than 60 business and industry partners set up exhibitions.

At least 300 job seekers also turned out for the Worlds of Possibilities Job Fair held April 30 on the Bay Center’s third floor.

The College also will host the 2019 and 2020 state conferences.

 

May 2018

President’s Leadership Institute 2018 Class graduates 

 

May 2018                                                     

PSC faculty member earns First Diploma at Golden Key competition

Dr. Michael Coleman, a Pensacola State College faculty member, was awarded First Diploma in the 2018 Golden Key Piano Composition Competition.

Coleman’s winning composition, “Room 857,” is written for solo piano. A Pensacola State adjunct music instructor for more than 24 years, he will perform the piece in August at Ehrbar Hall in Vienna, and at Bӧsendorfer Hall at Mozarthaus during the Golden Key Music Festival at Vienna.

 

May 2018
Pensacola State student receives KelbyOne scholarship

Pensacola State College student Kylie Crowell has won a scholarship to attend Photoshop World 2018: A KelbyOne Conference.

 

Crowell was one of only 25 students nationwide awarded a $998 KelbyOne scholarship. She along with her Pensacola State photography professor Kristen Regan-Miller will attend the conference set for May 31-June 2 in Orlando.

 

May 2018                                                               

PSC Family loses longtime faculty member – Bill Clover 

Longtime PSC visual arts professor William “Bill” Clover passed away on May 7, 2018. Well-known for his ceramic pottery, the Los Angeles native arrived at Pensacola State in 1966 – to work only a few years – or so he thought. Instead, Bill spent more than 52 years, becoming the College’s longest-serving faculty member.

He worked under five Pensacola State presidents: T. Felton Harrison, Horace “Ed” Hartsell, Charles A. Atwell, G. Thomas Delaino and currently, Ed Meadows. And over his career, he educated and influenced more than 10,000 students including parents, grandparents, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A generous spirit, Bill volunteered at Manna Food Pantries for over a decade – helping the charity raise nearly $300,000 during Pick a Bow, Fill a Bowl fundraisers. In 2014, he received the U.S. President’s Volunteer Service Award for contributing more than 7,000 hours of service to Manna. He also was recognized for his work in creating more than 6,500 handcrafted bowls for the fundraisers.

Bill is survived by his wife, Kathleen; daughters, Kristen and Christi; and one granddaughter, Katie.

 

April/May 2018
5 students named to 2018 FCS All-Florida Academic Team
Five Pensacola State College students were selected to the 2018 All-Florida Academic Team by the Florida College System.
Alexandria Bly, Bradley Bunch, Kayla Pope, Miranda Taylor and Victoria Taylor were among 132 FCS students recognized at an awards ceremony on April 6 in Tampa.

 

April/May 2018

PSC’s Chef Langham named state SkillsUSA advisor of year 

PSC culinary arts Instructor Jimmie Langham received the 2018 Florida SkillsUSA Advisor of The Year award. Also, the College’s SkillsUSA chapter was named a 2018 Gold Medal Chapter of Distinction.

May 10, 2018 (PSC SkillsUSA national competition, Jimmie Langham)
15 PSC students qualify for national SkillsUSA conference
Fifteen Pensacola State College SkillsUSA student-members qualified for the organization’s national conference ─ after winning gold at the state level.

  • Pensacola State also was named a 2018 Gold Medal Chapter of Distinction, and PSC Culinary arts Instructor Jimmie Langham received the Florida SkillsUSA Advisor of The Year award.

Pensacola State students won gold medals in nine categories, silver medals in three and bronze medals in two. Gold medal winners advanced to the 54th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference.

Gold medal winners are:

Carpentry (Instructor Anthony Grahame)

  • Roger Wilson

Customer Service (Instructor Sonja Strehlow-McCall)

  • Katherine Schweitzer

Job Skills Demo A (Instructor Daniel Ward)

  • Richard Poff

Job Skills Demo Open (Instructor Sonja Strehlow- McCall)

  • Kristy Lopez with model Hayes Rousan

Medical Assisting (Instructor Mary Turner)

  • Billie Morris

Nursing Assisting (Instructor Mary Turner)

  • Tamilea North

Occupational Health and Safety – Multiple (Instructor Arvie Vitente)

  • Team A: Anna Fischer, Matthew Parker, Kristine Kaibigan

Photography (Instructor Mark Francis)

  • Elizabeth Carver

State Only Contest

Culinary Quiz Bowl (Instructor Chef Jimmie Langham)

  • Team A: Kelli Cunningham, Tina Longwell, Ellen Peppler, William Davis

Silver medal winners are:

Esthetics (Instructor Sonja Strehlow-McCall)

  • Team C: Jacquelyn Rohde with model Sheila Nichols

Wedding Cake Design (Instructor Chef Jimmie Langham)

  • Team B: Jordan Gibbs, Kim Armstrong

Welding Sculpture (Instructor Jacob Redwing)

  • Addison Hendricks

Bronze medal winners are:

Cabinetmaking (Instructor Anthony Grahame)

  • Shane Poppe

Job Interview (Instructor Brian Ward)

  • Emily Adams

 

May 14, 2018                                                  

PSC students take home gold, silver ADDY awards at district competition
Six Pensacola State College visual arts students earned three gold and five silver awards at the 57th Annual 4th District American Advertising Awards Gala held April 14 in Orlando.

Kelly Bestgen won two gold awards while Alicia Kanuck won one gold award. The two advanced to the 2018 national competition held June 8 in Chicago.

Silver ADDY winners – Zachary Blessing, Karli Kimmons, Darrian Montgomery and Hanna Peltier – can advance to the national competition, but the entrant is responsible for paying the applicable entry fee.

 

Spring 2018

PSC athletes wins several state awards

 

June 2018 

PSC athletic director to be inducted into FCSAA Hall of Fame

Pensacola State College Athletic Director Bill Hamilton will be inducted into the 2018 Florida College System Activities Association Hall of Fame.

This year is Hamilton’s 35th year in college athletics. Twenty-nine of those years have been at Pensacola State where Hamilton was head baseball coach before retiring in 2010. He has been the college’s athletic director since 1999.

With an overall record of 703 wins and 468 losses, Hamilton led the Pirates to their first-ever state baseball championship in 2004, and a sixth-place finish in the JUCO World Series where the team received the Tomas Howard Sportsmanship Trophy that same year.

For his efforts, he was named the FCSAA Coach of the Year, NJCAA Region VIII Coach of the Year and the ABCA/Diamond Regional Coach of the Year for NJCAA Division I.

 

June 2018 

2 PSC students bring home gold from 2018 national SkillsUSA conference

Two Pensacola State College SkillsUSA student-members are among the best of the best after placing first at the organization’s national conference.

Five other Pensacola State student-members placed third and fourth in their competitions during the 54th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference held June 25-29 in Louisville, Kentucky.

  • Katherine Schweitzer won first place in the Customer Service Category. Sonja McCall-Strehlow was her advisor.
  • Billie Morris captured first in the Medical Assisting Category. Mary Turner was her advisor.
  • Team A members ─ Anna Fischer, Kristine Kaibigan and Mathew Parker ─ placed third in the Occupational Health and Safety competition. Arvie Vitente was the team’s advisor.
  • Elizabeth Carver won fourth place in the Photography competition. Mark Francis was her advisor.
  • Tamilea North placed fourth in the Nursing Assistant category, Mary Turner is her advisor.

 

June 4-9 
Pensacola State College Outdoor Club Primitive Camping Trip
Twelve members of the Pensacola State College Outdoor Club experienced the adventure of a lifetime June 4 -9 during a leadership and skill-building primitive camping trip to Standing Indian Mountain, just north of Franklin, North Carolina in the Nantahala National Forest.

The students, who were all relative strangers before their outing, worked together to set up campsites, climb mountains, hike trails, identify foliage and natural formations, explore old homesteads and navigate white water rafting.

June 27
PSC Athletics announces 2017-18 Scholar Athlete Award Winners

Softball player Lia (Amelia) Johnson and baseball player Richard Sorrenti were named Pensacola State College’s Top Male and Female Scholar-Athletes on Wednesday, June 27.

June 30
Pensacola State Veterinary Technology Program Boasts 77% VTNE Pass Rate

77.4% of Pensacola State College Veterinary Technology students who graduated during the period from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2018 earned a passing score on the Veterinary Technical National Exam (VTNE).

June 30
Pensacola State Veterinary students place at national HOSA event

Two Pensacola State College veterinary science students were placed at the 2018 HOSA National Leadership Conference held June 27-30 in Dallas.

 

Katherine Gaskill won third place while Christina Zaccardi placed fourth in the Postsecondary/Collegiate Event for Veterinary Science.

 

July 2018

Pensacola State recognizes 2018 Supervisor, Employees of the Year

Pensacola State recognized six of its own during the College’s 2018 Employees of the Year ceremony held July 19.

Diane M. Bracken, director of Facilities, Planning and Construction, was named the Supervisor of the Year.

Career Service Award recipients were:

  • Debra Bigelow-Jordan, Student Services Representative, Milton campus
  • Shawn Davis, Laborer Supervisor, Maintenance Services, Pensacola campus
  • Beverly E. Donnell, Administrative Assistant, Continuing Education, Pensacola campus
  • Robert J. Seay, Central Services Supervisor, Receiving Department, Pensacola campus
  • Debbie Stallworth, Dental Clinic Technician, Allied Health, Warrington campus.

 

July 2018

Robinson Honors Program Scholars take service-learning trip to Costa Rica

A delegation of Pensacola State College students and faculty spent several weeks touring and learning about Costa Rica – in the Central American country.

Six Robinson Honors Program Scholars along with 14 other Pensacola State students and three faculty members were part the July 3-12 service-learning trip.

 

During the 10-day Robinson Honors Program Service Learning Trip, the group learned about sustainable farming practices, assisted with sea turtle conservation efforts, participated in the Cahuita e-bird project, met and dined with the Bri Tribe and so much more, said Amber Carey, Robinson Honors Program coordinator.

 

“This was our first trip since the re-establishment of the Robinson Honors Program and we wanted to do something very unique with hands-on learning,” Carey said.

 

July 19, 2018

Pensacola State College ranked among most affordable colleges in U.S.

The U.S. Department of Education lists Pensacola State College as a best value among public four-year colleges and universities for the seventh consecutive year.

Pensacola State is ranked 37th on the list of 71 institutions cited for lowest tuition in the U.S. Department of Education’s College Affordability and Transparency annual report. With annual tuition listed as $2,704, Pensacola State is eighth among the 25 Florida colleges to make the most affordable ranking.

Average tuition is $8,022 for the nation’s 681 public four-year institutions, according to the report. In all, the report gives data for 2,606 four-year institutions, including private and private for-profit colleges and universities.

 

Summer 2018

Jennie Belarmino named new PSC volleyball coach 

Jennie Belarmino has joined Pensacola State College’s athletic staff as the new head volleyball coach. She replaces Chris Laird, who was the volleyball coach for eight seasons.

Before coming to Pensacola State, Belarmino was the head volleyball coach at Lake-Sumter State College in Leesburg for three years. While at Lake-Sumter, she recruited and trained a 2015 Mid-Florida Conference All-Conference player, an NJCAA Academic All-American, had eight players named to the MFC All-Academic Team and three players named FCSAA All-States.

Belarmino’s teams also earned cumulative 3.0 or higher grade point averages each year she coached at Lake Sumter. Before coming to the state college, she was picked to lead the volleyball program at West Virginia University Institute of Technology, where in only two years she led the team to the most wins in a single season in school history (2011).

 

July 25, 2018 
Garde Manger

 

July 2018

PSC recognizes 2018 Supervisor, Employees of the Year

Pensacola State recognized six of its own during the College’s 2018 Employees of the Year ceremony held July 19.

Diane M. Bracken, director of Facilities, Planning and Construction, was named the Supervisor of the Year.

Career Service Award recipients were:

  • Debra Bigelow-Jordan, Student Services Representative, Milton campus
  • Shawn Davis, Laborer Supervisor, Maintenance Services, Pensacola campus
  • Beverly E. Donnell, Administrative Assistant, Continuing Education, Pensacola campus
  • Robert J. Seay, Central Services Supervisor, Receiving Department, Pensacola campus
  • Debbie Stallworth, Dental Clinic Technician, Allied Health, Warrington campus.

 

July 2018

Robinson Honors Program Scholars visit Costa Rica

A delegation of Pensacola State College students and faculty spent a couple of weeks touring and learning about Costa Rica – in the Central America country.

Six Robinson Honors Program Scholars along with 14 other Pensacola State students and three faculty members left today for the 10-day service learning trip (July 3-12).

During the trip, the group learned about sustainable farming practices, assist with sea turtle conservation efforts, participate in the Cahuita E-Bird Project, socialize and dine with the Bri Bri indigenous tribe and so much more, said Amber Carey, Pensacola State’s Robinson Honors Program coordinator.

 

August 2018 

Former Pensacola State visual arts head bequeaths artwork to College

When Carl Duke retired as the head of Pensacola State’s visual arts department in 1987, a part of his heart remained at the College.

An award-winning artist, Duke continued to show his work in exhibits and even loaned pieces from his personal collection to the College. Before he passed away on Aug. 1, the 87-year-old remembered Pensacola State. He bequeathed a sizable portion of his art collection to the College.

More than 400 pieces were donated to Pensacola State with the stipulation the artwork be used to help visual arts students further their education. Much of the collection is artwork created by Duke; however the bequest also includes pieces him and his late wife, Jo Lynn, acquired during their travels and other pieces given to the couple.

Some pieces from the collection was up for bid during the Bill Clover Memorial Auction held on Oct. 25, in the Anna Lamar Switzer Center for Visual Arts. Proceeds from the auction will be used to establish the Bill Clover Endowed Scholarship.

Duke, who worked at the College from 1957-1987, hired Clover and the two became lifelong friends. Throughout their lives, the two men often exchanged and gifted each other pieces of art. Many of the items in the auction include artwork that Clover gave to Duke.

 

Aug. 30, 2018 

PSC receives nearly $40,000 for scholarships from Florida Blue, the Helios Education Foundation, Bank of America, local supporters

Pensacola State College received nearly $40,000 in August to help students pay for the cost of higher education.

A majority of the scholarship dollars ─ $27,220 ─ were donated by Florida Blue, the Helios Education First Generation Scholars program and Bank of America’s Dream Makers First Generation Scholars program. Local supporters also chipped in over $12,000 in matching funds to bring the donation total to $39,980.

Florida College System Chancellor Madeline Pumariega and FCS President Judy Green presented a ceremonial $27,220 check to Pensacola State President Ed Meadows.

Each year, the FCS Foundation distributes hundreds of thousands of dollars to Florida’s 28 state colleges to provide scholarships to students. Florida Blue donated $12,760; the Helios Education Foundation contributed $8,979; with Bank of America giving $5,481.

Two scholarship recipients – Wei Anderson and Jessica Helloms-Poindexter – were on hand for the presentation.

 

Fall 2018

Manna fundraiser renamed in honor of the late Bill Clover

Manna Food Pantries has renamed its annual Pick A Bowl, Fill A Bowl fundraisers the Bill Clover Pick A Bowl, Fill A Bowl ** to honor the late Pensacola State professor Bill Clover. For more than a decade, Clover helped the charity raise nearly $300,000 during the fundraisers. In 2014, he received the U.S. President’s Volunteer Service Award for contributing more than 7,000 hours of service to Manna. He also was recognized for his work in creating more than 6,500 handcrafted bowls for the fundraisers.

September 2018
Pensacola State institutional researchers receive acclaim for published work

Pensacola State College Institutional Research analyst Eugenio Hernandez and Director of Institutional Research Michael Johnston recently received recognition from the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) for publishing their step-by-step guide, “It’s Element-ary: Perfecting StudentTracker Data Elements,” on the Association of Institutional Research website.

 

September 9 – 11
PSC Hosts College Fairs

Pensacola State College is teaming up with the school districts of Escambia and Santa Rosa counties to host College Fair 2018 on Sept. 9, 10 and 11 at three PSC campuses.

 

September 13, 2018
PSC Hosts Cybersecurity Conference
Pensacola State College cybersecurity students attended the Bank of America/Merrill Lynch cybersecurity conference on Thursday in the Jean and Paul Amos Performance Studio on the Pensacola Campus.

 

A panel discussion moderated by Dr. Kirk Bradley, Dean of Baccalaureate Studies at Pensacola State, featured Amy Bender, Of Counsel, Freeman, Mathis & Gary; Chad Berry, Resident Agent in Charge for Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Department of Homeland Security; Brad Deflin, Founder and President, Total Digital Security; David Pickett, Cybersecurity Analyst, AppRiver; and Chris Wilkinson, Cyber Crimes Technician, Escambia County Sheriff’s Office

September 20, 2018
SkillsUSA Florida Region 1 Officers Elected
Pensacola State College Hosted the SkillsUSA Florida Region 1 Fall Leadership Conference on Thursday, September 20. Congratulations to the newly elected officers for the 2018-2019 school year!

President – Matthew Parker, Pensacola State College (PTA Program)

Vice President – Jasmine Brinson, Pensacola High School

Secretary – Angel Bui, Pensacola High School

Historian – Christa Spears, Pensacola State College (Cosmetology Program)

Reporter – Kaitlynn “Katie” Frierson, Pensacola State College (Facial Specialty Program)

September 2018
Day of Clays

 

September 2018

Pensacola State celebrated College’s 70th anniversary in September

Pensacola State College celebrated its 70th birthday with week of activities Sept. 10-14 at all of the campuses.

 

Sept. 13, 1948, is the official opening date of the College which began in the Aiken Boarding House on the corner of Palafox and Cervantes Streets with 128 students. Today, the College has grown to three campuses: Pensacola, Milton and Warrington and three centers: Century, Downtown and South Santa Rosa.

 

More than 100,000 graduates have earned associate, bachelor’s degrees as well as workforce certifications from the College. NASA astronaut Alan Poindexter, NASA engineer William Lawrence Peters, Sacred Heart Foundation President Carol Carlan and U.S. Army vocalist Antonio Giuliano are among the many outstanding Pensacola State graduates.

September 2018

PSC student selected a Florida College System Scholar Student of the Month

Pensacola State College student Jennifer Ojeda was selected the Florida College System Chancellor’s Clark Maxwell Scholar of the Month for September.

The award recognizes outstanding FCS students who demonstrate leadership skills, academic success and/or commitment to community service. Students are recognized monthly by the Florida College System Chancellor with a $150 scholarship, certificate and highlighted in the newsletter.

Twenty-three years after graduating high school, Ojeda returned to further her postsecondary education at Pensacola State. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Applied Science in Business and Management degree.

In 2017, Ojeda earned an associate degree in business administration at Pensacola State ─ graduating magna cum laude. She matriculated into the College’s Bachelor of Applied Science in business and management, where she has maintained a 4.0 grade point average.

A Robinson Honors Program Scholar, Ojeda was recently inducted into Sigma Beta Delta, the National Honor Society recognizing academic achievement in business, management and administration.

 

October 2, 2018
PSC Cyber Defense team wins second place at ITEN summit

Pensacola State College’s cybersecurity team recently took second place at the 2018 ITEN (Innovation Technology Entrepreneurship Network) Wired Summit held Oct. 1-2 at the Hilton Pensacola Beach.

 

Members of the PSC Cyber Defense Team are Justin Eldridge, Tyler Group, Patrick Owens, Marie Perry, Daniel Pieknik and Daniel Pitsenbarger. Adjunct professor Karin Carter is the team advisor.

 

This is the third year Pensacola State has placed at or near the top in the ITEN Summit. In 2016, the College’s team won first place at the competition, and in 2017, the team captured second place.

October 8, 2018
United Way Day of Caring:  Pirates Give back
Pensacola State employees and students, along with the Pirates Baseball team, were at the Ronald McDonald House to remove the old beds and install 48 donated beds in 26 guest rooms that provide a home away from home for families who travel to Pensacola to receive critical medical care for their children.

 

A second group from Pensacola State volunteered at First City Art Center to assist with setting up their Pumpkin Patch Party by helping landscape the facility and setting up tables with over 1000 blown glass pumpkins for their largest fundraiser of the year.

 

October 2018 

Pensacola State signs Pathway USA articulation agreement with USA

Pensacola State College has become part of “Pathway USA,” a collaborative program between the University of South Alabama and select community and state colleges that creates a seamless transition to USA for transfer students who earn their associate’s degree.  Pensacola State is the first Florida College System institution to join the program. The academic partnership will enable more PSC graduates to transfer to USA and earn their bachelor’s degrees from the university.

 

October 2018

Ground broken on East Wing of Pensacola State’s new STEM building

Ground was broken Nov. 13 for the East Wing of Pensacola State College’s new STEM building. Construction on the first phase (East Wing) of the facility will begin in January – following the abatement and demolition of the existing Mary Ellison Baars Building. The East Wing will be home to the College’s cybersecurity and mathematics programs. The cost for the East Wing is $13 million. The total cost for the entire facility is projected to be $34 million. A construction start date has not been set for the second phase (West Wing and second-floor connector).

 

October 23, 2018
HOSA elects 2018-19 officers

Region 1 HOSA – Future Health Professionals held their Fall Conference in the Jean and Paul Amos Performance Studio on October 17th. Newly elected officers for the 2018-2019 school year are: Secondary Historian Amaya Colston, Secondary Reporter Bailee Weaver, Secondary Parliamentarian Katie Patterson, Secondary Treasurer Jassamyn Wood, Post-Secondary Secretary Christopher Stafford, Secondary Vice President Jackson Kiewiet, and Secondary President Destyni Weiss.

 

October 2018 

PSC Century Center kicks off inaugural Century Classic on Oct. 20

Pensacola State College baseball team faced Coastal Alabama Community College during the inaugural Century Classic held Oct. 20 at Showalter Park in Century.

 

Former PSC and Major League Baseball players, Bill Sadler and Greg Litton, along with Escambia County District 5 Commissioner Steven Barry were special guests at the Classic.

 

October 2018

PSC Century Center starts Community Garden

Pensacola State College’s Century Center has started a community garden for the residents of Century and surrounding areas.

 

November 10

PSC Employee Picnic

 

November 2018 

PSC Virtual Tutoring Program wins Chancellor’s Best Practices Award

Pensacola State College was among four Florida College System institutions recently recognized for innovation and excellence by Chancellor Madeline Pumariega.

Pensacola State received a Chancellor’s Best Practice Awards for the Bellwether Virtual Tutoring Program which serves more than a 1,000 students each year. The program provides services to students who might not have access to traditional tutoring methods by offering access to individualized services from any location or device with an internet connection.

Florida Gateway College, North Florida Community College and Polk State College also received 2018 Chancellor’s Best Practice Awards from Pumariega. The four state colleges were honored at the AFC 69th Annual Meeting and Conference in Orlando.

 

Nov. 9, 2018

Pensacola State awarded $300,000 grant to address Violence Against Women

Pensacola State College was recently awarded $300,000 as one of 57 grants announced by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women (OVW).

OVW’s Grant to Reduce Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking on Campus Program supports initiatives to implement comprehensive, coordinated responses to violent crimes on campus through partnerships with victim services providers and justice agencies.

Pensacola State’s Public Safety Department and Office of Institutional Diversity and Student Conduct will work collaboratively with Favor House of Northwest Florida, Legal Services of North Florida, and Lakeview Center Inc. to make all campuses and centers safer.

This award will make possible a range of services, including specialized training for campus law enforcement, service providers, and campus personnel as well as training and programming for Pensacola State students at all campus locations.

 

November 2018

PSC basketball player named NJCAA Region 8 Player of the Week

Yeikson Montero, a guard for the PSC Pirates, was named an NJCAA Region 8 Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for Nov. **-**. The 6-foot 5-inch Dominican Republic native is a sophomore.

 

November 2018

3 PSC baseball players move on to Division 1 programs

Three Pensacola State College student-athletes – Chad Bryant, D.J. Wilkinson and Ryan Brewer – will continue their athletic careers at the University of Alabama, Troy University and the University of West Florida, respectively.

  • Bryant, a right-handed pitcher, will join the Crimson Tide for the 2019-2020 season. A Thomasville, Alabama, native, Bryant was selected in the 36th round of the 2018 MLB draft.
  • Wilkinson, a right-handed pitcher, will play for the Trojans in 2019-2020. A Monticello, Florida, native, Wilkinson leads the Pirates in several pitching categories – wins (8), innings pitched (67.1) and strikeouts (73) during the 2017-2018 baseball season.
  • Brewer, an infielder and pitcher, will play for the Argonauts in 2019-2020. An Ocoee, Florida, native, Brewer threw significant innings on the mound while batting .286 with two homeruns and 14 RBIs during the 2017-2018 Pirates baseball season.

 

November 2018

Ground broken on new STEM building

  • In November 2018, ground was broken for Pensacola State College’s East Wing of the new STEM building. Construction on the first phase (East Wing) of the facility started in January 2019 – following the abatement and demolition of the existing Mary Ellison Baars Building. The East Wing will be home to the College’s cybersecurity and mathematics programs. The cost for the East Wing is $13 million. The total cost for the entire facility is projected to be $34 million. A construction start date has not been set for the second phase (West Wing and second-floor connector).

 

November 2018

PSC receives 2018 Chancellor’s Best Practice Award 

  • In November 2018, Pensacola State College was among four Florida College System institutions recognized for innovation and excellence by FCS Chancellor Madeline Pumariega.

 

Pensacola State, Florida Gateway College, North Florida Community College and

Polk State College received 2018 Chancellor’s Best Practice Awards from Pumariega. The four colleges were honored for programs of excellence at the Association of Florida Colleges’ 69th Annual Meeting and Conference in Orlando.

 

Pensacola State was honored for the Bellwether Virtual Tutoring Program which has helped thousands of students. The program provides services to students who might not have access to traditional tutoring methods by offering access to individualized services from any location or device with an internet connection.

 

November 2018 
PSC Veterans Upward Bound director recognized for excellence in leadership
Rob Gregg, director of TRIO Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) for Pensacola State College, was recently honored by the Gulf Coast Veterans Advocacy Council (GCVAC) with the 2018 George Everette “Bud” Day Award.

November 2018 

Pensacola State web administrator develops application software for Apple
Pensacola State College web administrator, Frank Asprer, developed the “PotluckPigeon” app which creates separate lists to keep track of party planning. It’s now available in the Apple iTunes store.

 

November 2018

Cantonment Rotary Club awards $500 scholarships to 2 culinary arts students 

The holiday gifts arrived a little early for two Pensacola State culinary arts students who each received $500 scholarships from the Cantonment Rotary Club.

Bob Thomas of the Cantonment Rotary Club awarded Phi Hoang Pham and Tiara Ruggs with the scholarships during a luncheon held Nov. 14 in the Molly McGuire Culinary Dining Room on the Pensacola campus.

The scholarships were godsends for both students – especially Ruggs who plans to eventually own a food truck.

A Mobile, Alabama native, Ruggs is in her first year in the College’s culinary arts program. The retired veteran who served 20 years in the U.S. Air Force said she always had an interest in culinary arts but couldn’t take classes because of her work schedule.

 

November 2018

PSC receives $300,000 grant from U.S. Department of Justice 

  • In November 2018, Pensacola State College was awarded a $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women (OVW).

OVW’s Grant to Reduce Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking on Campus Program supports initiatives to implement comprehensive, coordinated responses to violent crimes on campus through partnerships with victim services providers and justice agencies.

This award will make possible a range of services, including specialized training for campus law enforcement, service providers, and campus personnel as well as training and programming for Pensacola State College students at all campus locations.

 

December 2018

Gulf Power pledges $150,000 to PSC for establishment of nonprofit training center 

  • In December 2018, the Gulf Power Foundation pledged $150,000 to Pensacola State College to help establish training for nonprofit organizations’ professional staffs and boards.

The first $30,000 donation will be used to develop Certified Fund Raising Executive courses on funding diversification, board development, grant writing, comprehensive campaigns, and donor-centered proposals and presentations.

Over the next five years, scholarships also will be provided for worthy students and qualifying nonprofit organizations.

 

December 2018

PSC employees donate Hurricane Michael supplies to Gulf Coast State College

Pensacola State College employees donated food, cleaning supplies and personal care items to Gulf Coast State College employees and students to help with their Hurricane Michael recovery efforts. Items were collected on the Pensacola, Milton and Warrington campuses and Century and South Santa Rosa centers for several weeks. Jonathan Garrett, PSC’s environment management manager, delivered a van filled with the donated items to Panama City on Friday, Dec. 7. Pictured are PSC Administrative Assistant Betty Freeney showing off the vanload of emergency supplies and Gulf Coast State employees unloading the items that will be used to restock the College’s pantry. President Meadows called Gulf Coast State President John Holdnak early Friday morning to let him know the donations were on the way.

 

December 2018

President Meadows appointed to DeSantis transition team

In December 2018, Pensacola State President Ed Meadows was tapped to join Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis and Lt. Gov.-elect Jeanette Nuñez transition education and workforce advisory committee.

Meadows joined more than 40 others on the Transition Advisory Committee on Education and Workforce Development. The committee is comprised of a diverse group of education experts, including traditional K-12 public school system leaders, education advocates, elected school board members, academics and current and former leaders of Florida’s higher education system.

Committee members will advise the transition team as they develop a plan to implement Gov.-elect DeSantis’ vision of ensuring that every student in Florida has the chance to get a world-class education and develop the skills they need to get a great job and pursue their dream.

 

December 2018

Custom-made Pensacola State tie pins are only three of a kind

Pensacola State College has athletes who come from all over the world. However, the College’s president along with an administrator and a professor now own tie pins that come from the land Down Under.

The stainless steel tie pins embellished with the College’s logo were the brainchild of Dr. Brian Ward, a business professor, who wanted a unique accessory to show his PSC pride. After searching high and low for a manufacturer, Ward found Ties ‘n’ Cuffs, a Sydney, Australia-based company, on the internet.

“I uploaded the official branded artwork from the Pensacola State College website and sent it to the company, and then I just waited,” said Ward, who has worked at the College for three years.

“When the tie pin came in, I was so impressed with the craftsmanship I thought Dr. (Ed) Meadows and Dr. (Kirk) Bradley would also like to own one. I showed them my tie pin, and we talked about it. They both wanted one so I ordered two more – one for each one of them.”

 

December 2018

PSC professor’s photography on exhibit at PhotoNOLA

The photography of Pensacola State’s own, Kristen Regan-Miller, will be on exhibit in New Orleans through February. Luna Fine Art Gallery will present the curated solo show, “Kristen Regan: Plastisphere,” by Regan, an associate Pensacola State professor. The photo collection explores the sublime beauty of this microscopic world with the intention of raising awareness of the dangers plastic represents for the marine world. The exhibit will be on display Dec. 8, through March 17at the art gallery located at Luna Fine Art Gallery in The Mercantile Hotel is at 727 S Peters St. in New Orleans.  PhotoNOLA is an annual celebration of photography in New Orleans showcasing work by photographers. The festival includes exhibitions, workshops, lectures, and more.

December 2018 
Pensacola State College Announces Creation of Athletics Hall of Fame

Pensacola State College will celebrate the Pirates’ rich athletic history with a ribbon cutting and induction ceremony for the 10-member inaugural class of the Pensacola State College Athletics Hall of Fame on Feb. 16.

2018 

Pensacola State College adjunct publishes book, wins award

Victoria Stopp

Book: “Hurting Like Hell, Living with Gusto – My Battle with Chronic Pain”

Education: 2001, bachelor’s degree, Agnes Scott College; 2005 master’s degree, Goucher College; 2007 EMT certification, Pensacola Junior College; and 2011 associate of applied science in physical therapist assistance, Pensacola State College

Family: Wife, Rhonda Cooper; parents, Harry and Margaret Stopp

Employment: Writer for Backpacker magazine; outpatient physical therapist assistant at Pensacola Spinal Rehabilitation Center; and adjunct instructor at Pensacola State. Stopp’s writing also has appeared in various newspapers, magazines, anthologies and on several websites.

Awards: 2018 Florida Authors and Publishers Association Health and Fitness Award recipient, and 2017 Wildacres Residency Program participant

“Hurting Like Hell, Living with Gusto” synopsis:

Published in November 2017 by McFarland & Company, “Hurting Like Hell, Living with Gusto” shares Victoria Stopp’s battle with chronic pain. Reflecting on experiences as a patient and healthcare professional, Stopp describes her transition from a healthy active lifestyle to years of learning to live with debilitating pain.

The main catalyst behind “Hurting Like Hell, Living with Gusto,” Stopp said was an interview with Runner’s World magazine.

“After they interviewed me a few years ago, I realized the audience for my story was bigger than I first thought. So many people deal with chronic pain, and with the opioid crisis front-and-center in the U.S., my story is timely. I’ve kept a blog, fibromyalgiaathlete.com, for years, and that blog was the foundation for the book.”

Stopp said she received the contract for “Hurting Like Hell, Living with Gusto” while teaching in Pensacola State’s physical therapist assistant program on the Warrington campus.

“I’d had an essay published in an unrelated book about baseball, and the editor asked if I was working on any books of my own. I said yes, submitted a 22-page proposal, and within a few weeks, my book was under contract,” said Stopp, who has also appeared on WSRE’s “Conversations with Jeff Weeks,” Fox 5 Atlanta, WUWF and multiple podcasts.

  • Ranked No. 4 in “Top Public Schools – Regional Colleges South” by U.S. News and World Report, making PSC the highest ranked Florida college (2018)
  • Ranked No. 11 in “Best Schools for Veterans – National Colleges and Universities” by U.S. News and World Report (2018)
  • Ranked No. 28 overall in “Best Regional Colleges South” by U.S. News and World Report (2018)
  • Ranked No. 147 in “Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs (no doctorate)” by U.S. News and World Report (2018)
  • Ranked Best Colleges by Military Times (2018)
  • Ranked No. 4 in “Top Public Schools – Regional Colleges South” by U.S. News and World Report, making PSC the highest ranked Florida college (2018)
  • Ranked No. 11 in “Best Schools for Veterans – National Colleges and Universities” by U.S. News and World Report (2018)
  • Ranked No. 28 overall in “Best Regional Colleges South” by U.S. News and World Report (2018)
  • Ranked No. 147 in “Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs (no doctorate)” by U.S. News and World Report (2018)
  • Winner of the 2017 National Bellwether Award in Instructional Programs and Services
  • Ranked No. 3 in “Best Public Colleges in Florida” by Schools.com (2017)
  • Ranked No. 22 in “Most Affordable Colleges in the Nation” by U.S. Department of Education (2017)
  • Named a “Silver-level Military Friendly School Award” recipient by Victory Media (2017)
  • Named a “Military Friendly School” by Victory Media (2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010)
  • Named a “Best for Vets” College by Military Times (2017, 2016)
  • Ranked No. 79 in “Top 100 Associate Degree Producers” in the Nation by Community College Week (2016)
  • Ranked No. 34 for Registered Nursing in “Top 50 Associate Degree Producers” by Community College Week (2016)
  • Ranked No. 26 in “Most Affordable Colleges in the Nation” by U.S. Department of Education (2016)
  • Ranked No. 17 in “Top Colleges and Universities in Florida” by OnlineColleges.com (2016)
  • Ranked No. 18 in “Top 30 Colleges” for Hospitality Associate Degrees by BestHospitalityDegrees.com (2016)
  • Ranked No. 96 in “Top 100 Associate Degree Producers” in the Nation by Community College Week (2015)
  • Ranked No. 26 for Registered Nursing in “Top 50 Associate Degree Producers” by Community College Week (2015)
  • Ranked No. 40 for Health Professions in “Top 50 Associate Degree Producers” by Community College Week (2015)
  • Ranked No. 29 in “Most Affordable Colleges in the Nation” by U.S. Department of Education (2015)
  • Ranked No. 3 in nation for Bachelor of Science in Nursing program by AffordableCollegesOnline.org (2015)
  • Ranked No. 17 in “Top 25 Schools for Nursing Specialties” by NursingSchoolHub.com (2015)
  • Ranked No. 91 in “Top 100 Associate Degree Producers” in the Nation by Community College Week (2014)
  • Ranked No. 16 for Registered Nursing in “Top 50 Associate Degree Producers” by Community College Week (2014)
  • Ranked No. 47 for Health Professions in “Top 50 Associate Degree Producers” by Community College Week (2014)
  • Ranked No. 20 in “Most Affordable Colleges in the Nation” by U.S. Department of Education (2014)
  • Ranked No. 81 in “Top 100 Associate Degree Producers” in the Nation by Community College Week (2013)
  • Ranked No. 36 for Arts and Sciences in “Top 50 Associate Degree Producers” by Community College Week (2013)
  • Ranked No. 18 in “Most Affordable Colleges in the Nation” by U.S. Department of Education (2013)
  • Ranked No. 6 in Florida and No. 30 in the Nation in “Top 80” institutions for EMT graduates by FireScienceOnline.org (2013)
  • Ranked No. 88 in “Top 100 Associate Degree Producers” in the Nation by Community College Week (2012)
  • Ranked No. 33 for Arts and Sciences in “Top 50 Associate Degree Producers” by Community College Week (2012)
  • Ranked No. 40 for Registered Nursing in “Top 50 Associate Degree Producers” by Community College Week (2012)
  • Ranked No. 11 in “Most Affordable Colleges in the Nation” by U.S. Department of Education (2012)
  • Named a winner of the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) First Annual Award from Insight Into Diversity magazine (2012)
  • Ranked No. 58 in “Top 100 Associate Degree Producers” in the Nation by Community College Week (2011)
  • Ranked No. 25 for Arts and Sciences in “Top 50 Associate Degree Producers” by Community College Week (2011)
  • Ranked No. 44 in “Top 100 Associate Degree Producers” in the Nation by Community College Week (2010)
  • Ranked No. 8 for Registered Nursing in “Top 50 Associate Degree Producers” by Community College Week (2010)
  • Ranked No. 18 for Health Professions in “Top 50 Associate Degree Producers” by Community College Week (2010)
  • Ranked No. 65 in “Top 100 Associate Degree Producers” in the Nation by Community College Week (2009)
  • Ranked No. 29 for Arts and Sciences in “Top 50 Associate Degree Producers” by Community College Week (2009)
  • Ranked No. 33 for Registered Nursing in “Top 50 Associate Degree Producers” by Community College Week (2009)
  • Ranked No. 36 for Health Professions in “Top 50 Associate Degree Producers” by Community College Week (2009)
  • Ranked No. 41 for Non-Minority in “Top 50 Associate Degree Producers” by Community College Week (2009)