NEW PORT RICHEY — The name Pasco-Hernando Community College is now a thing of the past.
The college’s board of trustees voted this week to change the name to Pasco-Hernando State College, a nod to the fact the institution is adding two bachelor’s degree programs to its traditional community college offerings.
“Our new name signifies enhanced opportunities for our current and future students,” John DiRienzo Jr., the chairman of the trustees, said in a prepared statement. “This is a pivotal moment in our college’s 41-year history. The transition to a state college is reflective of the college’s enhanced mission to provide accessible, affordable, quality higher education that meets the needs of our local residents and employers.”
The college had been planning the name change for some time. Most of the community colleges in the Florida State College System have dropped the word “community” from their names over the years as they expanded their educational offerings.
Of the 28 colleges in the system, just four still have “community” in their names. One of those is Hillsborough Community College.
Pasco-Hernando State College is adding a bachelor of science degree in nursing and a bachelor of applied science degree in supervision and management.
“While the word ‘community’ no longer appears in our new name, the college’s commitment to serve the higher education needs of residents from all of our communities has never been stronger,” college President Katherine Johnson said.
The college has campuses in New Port Richey, Dade City, Wesley Chapel, Brooksville and Spring Hill.