WESLEY CHAPEL — As the year draws to a close, the Pasco-Hernando Community College is brimming with excitement. The local community college received the news that it has been approved to offer bachelor level degrees at the soon-to-be-renamed school.
The district board of trustees from PHCC’s accrediting agency, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, meets Jan. 21 to approve the school’s new mission statement and new name- Pasco-Hernando State College.
On Dec. 11, the college awarded degrees and certificates to its final graduating class under the old name. New graduates will be eligible to apply for the two new bachelor level programs — the Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing and the Bachelor of Applied Science in Supervision and Management — to begin next August.
In the meantime, PHCC is putting the finishing touches on its fifth full-service campus, the Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch, to open on Jan. 13 — the first day of spring term classes. The campus will increase access to higher education and workforce training opportunities in the rapidly growing region of southeast Pasco County.
Classes at the new Porter Campus will cover a number of disciplines such as business administration, nursing, and information technology and those that lead to an Associate in Arts degree.
Students interested in taking classes on the Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch can register at the Brooksville, Dade City, New Port Richey, or Spring Hill campuses, or online if they are a current student. The spring course schedule is available at http://www.phcc.edu/schedule.
“This is an exciting time in PHCC’s history and we are making sure everything is ready for the doors of the new campus to open on schedule,” said Stanley Giannet, Porter Campus provost. “The opportunities and potential of our newest campus are truly limitless. We invite students and area residents to visit Porter campus and to take advantage of all that we have to offer, from credit and noncredit courses to life-long learning programs.”
Porter Campus features a classroom building linked by a plaza to the library building, built above a three-story parking deck. It has four floors, two dedicated solely to health care programs. There are 10 classrooms, four computer labs and four science labs and eight health labs on the campus. A full-service library, Teaching-Learning Center, and a career and testing center also are housed on campus.
The multilevel campus at 2727 Mansfield Blvd., in Wesley Chapel, is set on 60 acres of property adjacent to Wiregrass Ranch High School on the south side of State Road 56, about two miles east of Interstate 75.