Pasco-Hernando Community College is a two-year school offering associate degrees. It has four campuses spread out over the two counties it serves: Brooksville, Dade City, New Port Richey and Spring Hill.
Pasco-Hernando Community College offers degrees and certificates in a variety of programs. Those include beauty and cosmetology, business and management, computer science and engineering, engineering technician, law, liberal arts, medical administration, medical and support technology, nursing and emergency medicine, office and administration, production, trades, science and laboratory technician, and security and law enforcement.
The college was established in 1967 by the Florida Legislature. It is the newest community college in the state. Pasco-Hernando Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the South Association of Colleges and Schools.
Students wishing to transfer to four-year schools may take advantage of a number of transfer agreements Pasco- Hernando Community College has created with other colleges. Students may transfer to Barry University to obtain a Bachelor of Public Administration or a Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration. The school has agreements with Hodges University for transfer options into the Bachelor of Science in Management or Interdisciplinary Studies and the Master of Science in Management. Saint Leo University allows Pasco-Hernando students to transfer into Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Criminal Justice programs. Those wishing to pursue a degree in teaching may transfer into the University of South Florida Elementary Education program.
The most popular degree programs among Pasco-Hernando students include liberal arts and sciences, general studies, humanities, health professional and clinical majors.
Pasco-Hernando also offer a variety of certificate programs to students. The most common certificate programs include computer science, health occupations, and law. A relatively new program on campus is the Educator Preparation Institute. It allows students with bachelor’s degrees to enroll in the program and be certified to teach in Florida schools in seven months. The program is designed to help working professionals make the career change while still being able to fulfill employment obligations.
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Students wishing to attend Pasco-Hernando Community College need to send an application form and transcripts to the school. Once the application is processed, students may apply for financial aid. A placement test is required for some students. After the test, they meet with an advisor to select classes. Students must have a high school diploma or a GED to enroll. The health unit coordinator, medical administrative specialist/examine room assistant, nursing assistant, phlebotomy and welding programs do not require a high school degree or GED.
Pasco-Hernando Community College offers students the opportunity to apply for a number of scholarships along with the traditional financial aid programs like grants, student loans, federal and state aid, etc.
The AES Engineering Scholarship is available to high school and college students. Students do not need to enroll in the engineering program to be eligible. Nursing students are eligible for the CampusRN scholarship. The Pasco-Hernando Community College Foundation offers students a scholarship program where both full- and part-time students are available. The C&J Corporation scholarship is available to students on campus or planning to transfer if they maintain a C average. The Suncoast Federal Credit Union sponsors a scholarship for students who are from a number of counties near the Pasco-Hernando Community College campuses.
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Pasco-Hernando Community College enrolls about 8,000 students each year, with 65 percent being women. Students may choose from a number of clubs and organizations on campus, including the Campus Crusade for Christ, the Dental Hygiene Club, the Drama Club, the Earth Awareness Club, the Gay Straight Alliance Club, the Legal Eagles Club, the Film Club, the Veterans Club, the Sports and Fitness Club, among others.
In terms of services, students have access to career counseling, job placement, student employment and childcare, counseling, tutoring, and accommodations for students with disabilities, among others. Each of the four campuses has its own library, Pasco-Hernando Community College has agreements with the University of South Florida, local county libraries and the Florida Electronic Library so students can use the resources that are not available in the on-campus libraries.
Students interested in intramural sports have a variety of options, including basketball, dodgeball, fantasy football, golf, kickball, ping-pong, Ultimate Frisbee, golf and flag football, Wii bowling and yoga, among others.
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Pasco-Hernando Community College teams are known as the Conquistadors. If offers men’s teams in baseball and basketball, and women’s teams in cross-country, fast-pitch baseball, softball and volleyball. The school is a member of the Florida Community Colleges Activities Association. Sports teams compete in the Suncoast Conference.
The baseball team last participated in postseason play in 1997. More than 20 baseball players from Pasco-Hernando have gone on to play professionally.
The volleyball teams has experienced success throughout its history. It was won three Suncoast Conference Champtionships, appeared in Florida regional tournaments seven times and made it to the national junior college playoffs three times. It won the national championship in 2010.
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A major fundraising arm of the school is the Pasco-Hernando Community College Foundation. It was established in 1975 to give a boost to the college’s programs. The foundation does a number of things on campus, including sponsoring the Performing Arts Center Series and providing funding for 500 student scholarships. When the area faced a shortage of health care professionals, the foundation hooked up with local hospitals to form a series of nursing scholarships and provided the funds to make the college’s nursing program larger. Another example of its work was with the West Pasco Dental Association. The two entities raised $250,000 to create the dental hygiene program. It is now regarding as one of the best such programs in the United States.
- Pasco-Hernando Community College. Web. 30 August 2011.
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