PSC opens the first college outdoor gallery of its kind with a 15-foot by 20-foot reproduction of the Dutch masterpiece, “Girl with a Pearl Earring,” hanging from Building 14.

In June, Pensacola State and the University of West Florida launch the PSC2UWF partnership to benefit students who complete an associate degree at PSC and then transfer to UWF.


PSC unveils a new logo reflecting the college’s name change and beautiful coastal surroundings.

The college hosts the largest-ever Florida SkillsUSA State Conference, drawing more than 6,500 participants.

September marks Pensacola State’s 65th anniversary as the area’s oldest college. A new Alumni Affairs Office launches to better serve PSC graduates, totaling more than 96,000 since 1948.

PSC opens a beautiful, new 13,500 square-foot facility for PACE Center for Girls, the only such center in Florida located on a college campus.


The college extends its accessibility, opening two new Centers in January – the stunning 35,000 square-foot South Santa Rosa Center and the extensively-renovated Century Center.

Lady Pirates basketball players make history as the college’s first athletic team to win back-to-back FCSAA State Championships. Coached by Chanda Rigby, the team again ends the season ranked third in the nation.


In January, classes begin for Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Applied Science in Administration and Supervision programs.

The Lady Pirates basketball team, coached by Chanda Rigby, wins the FCCAA State Championship and ends the season ranked third in the nation.

Pensacola State College unveils the Florida Heritage Site Historical Marker honoring the original site of the college at the corner of Palafox and Cervantes streets in downtown Pensacola.


Florida State Board of Education and SACS Commission on Colleges grants approval for two workforce baccalaureate degree programs: Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Applied Science in Administration and Supervision.

This approval also includes an official name change from Pensacola Junior College to Pensacola State College, beginning July 1, 2010.

The District Board of Trustees approves the renaming of Adult High School to Collegiate High School.


Two state-of-the-art facilities open on the Pensacola campus: the spacious Edward M. Chadbourne Library and the high-tech Raymond and Leila Hobbs Center for Teaching Excellence.


To commemorate the college’s 60 years of service, NASA astronaut and alum Alan Poindexter takes a specially minted college medallion on the Atlantis Space Shuttle mission in February and returns it toPresident Ed Meadows to be used as the college’s Presidential Medallion.

The college’s Board of Trustees votes to pursue offering workforce baccalaureate degrees.


Harvard Center for Medical Simulation faculty holds three-day workshop at Mary Ekdahl Smart Center on the Warrington campus.


The Mary Ekdahl Smart Center for Patient Simulation Training & Research opens on the Warrington campus. The 12,000 square foot facility includes an emergency room, a 10-bed lab, ­ simulation labs, a birthing suite, debriefing rooms and custom recording systems that can broadcast live or from archives.


State-of-the-art Jean & Paul Amos Performance Studio opens on Pensacola campus.


Category 3 Hurricane Ivan wreaks havoc in September, causing more than $10 million in damage to PJC’s three campuses, Downtown Center and NAS Center. PJC faculty and staff work tirelessly to reopen for classes in less than three weeks after the storm.


Stunning Anna Lamar Switzer Center for Visual Arts opens on Pensacola campus as a major cultural resource for the college and community.


WSRE-TV becomes the second broadcaster in Florida to air a digital signal.


The Sandra and Grover Robinson III Honors Program begins with 42 Robinson Scholars.


BellTower1To commemorate the college’s 50th anniversary, the Menge Bell Tower is built on the Pensacola campus. The 80-foot carillon honors M.J. Menge, a 1956 graduate and long-time friend of the college.


PJC purchases its first patient simulator, an adult model named Frankie.


The Margaret Moore Nickelsen Endowed Teaching Chair for Health Sciences is established as PJC’s first endowed teaching chair.

University of Florida begins a bachelor’s degree programDowntown Center opens in a new, multi-story permanent site on West Garden Street.

The University of Florida begins a bachelor’s degree program that allows PJC students to complete their upper level courses at the Milton campus.


Kugelman Center for Telecommunications becomes the new home for WSRE, PBS for the Gulf Coast, and includes the area’s first digital television production studio.


PJC opens the Downtown Center and offers a variety of programs primarily for the local business community.


Pensacola Junior College’s new Milton campus opens on Highway 90 and offers special programs in forestry, agriculture, ­ horticulture and wildlife ecology.

Naval Air Station CenterPJC begins offering full-time classes and student services at its Naval Air Station Center aboard Pensacola Naval Air Station.


Warr_13Pensacola Junior College’s Warrington campus opens on West Highway 98, emphasizing health and dental programs.


Pensacola Junior College’s Milton Center opens in the old Canal Street School to better serve Santa Rosa County residents.


Florida Legislature designates the District Board of Trustees as the college’s governing body.


WSRE-TV begins airing educational programming at Pensacola Junior College. The WSRE Control Roomstation’s license is transferred to the college in 1972.


The Foundation is incorporated and Crawford Rainwater serves as the Foundation’s first president.

Booker T. Washington Junior College, Florida’s first black junior college established in September 1949, merges with the college. Dr. Garrett T. Wiggins, WJC president and visionary educator, joins the college administration as director of research.


The college moves to new buildings on Ninth Avenue, its present­ ­ location. The 80-acre plot comes from the City of Pensacola and the Baars estate.


Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools grants Pensacola Junior College accreditation.


Pensacola Junior College Alumni Association is chartered and Joe Frosio, a 1950 graduate, is the first president.


The college moves one block south to the old Pensacola High School due to increased enrollment and student activities.


Pensacola State College begins as Pensacola Junior College, the first junior college chartered by the state of Florida. The college opens its doors on Sept. 8 in the Aiken boarding house on the corner of Palafox and Cervantes streets with 136 students, under the direction of James L. McCord.