Founded in 1964, Polk Community College (PCC) serves students on two campuses in Polk County, Florida. The school has awarded more than 26,000 degrees since its inception.
PCC offers associate degrees, including associate in arts (AA), associate in science (AS), and associate in applied science (AAS). The AA degree program is designed to prepare students for four-year colleges or universities, while the AS and AAS degree programs focus on preparing students for entry into the workforce.
PCC has two main academic programs including liberal arts and sciences program, as well as allied health program. The liberal arts and sciences program consists of the following fields of study: physical sciences, liberal arts, mathematics, and biological sciences. The allied health program provides students several areas of study including occupational or physical therapy assistant programs, emergency medical services, respiratory care, cardiovascular technology, and a radiography program.
New to PCC is the Bachelor of Applied Science Program in Supervision & Management which is scheduled to become available in January 2010. Students may earn this degree with a choice of concentration in one of the following areas of study: business administration, public safety management, or public administration.
In addition, PCC also offers continuing education for students seeking professional development courses, community education classes, or licensure courses which are managed by the Corporate College. PCC’s Lakeland campus maintains the Collegiate High School which is designed for high school students seeking an accelerated program in which students may complete their high school diploma as well as many requirements for an associate degree, simultaneously.
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Polk Community College (PCC) is open to all students interested in furthering their education, who have graduated with a diploma from a secondary school or equivalent.
To attend PCC, prospective students should:
- submit an application for admission online, along with a $20 non-refundable registration fee
- provide transcripts (high school or prior college)
- apply for financial aid
- take the college placement test
- meet with an academic advisor
- attend student orientation
International students are asked to check out the “International Students Admissions Guidebook” found on PCC’s website for specific guidelines and admissions instructions.
As part of PCC’s admissions process, the National Student Clearinghouse performs all degree and enrollment verification, available all day, every day.
Polk Community College (PCC) provides many financial aid options for qualifying students including grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study programs. The types of grants offered include the Federal Pell Grant, the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, and the Florida Student Assistance Grant. PCC also offers short-term loans and Stafford loans. There are a variety of scholarships for students to investigate. Visit PCC’s website for all scholarships available, along with descriptions and requirements for each. All students are required to fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for financial assistance.
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Polk Community College (PCC) serves a variety of commuting students, including students preparing for four-year institutions, students seeking associate degrees, continuing education students, international students, and working professionals. PCC maintains two campuses to fulfill the needs of its students. Those locations are Winter Haven campus and Lakeland campus.
Students have a variety of opportunities to get involved in campus life. There are 15 student clubs and organizations, an international circle, an academic quiz team, international honor society, intercollegiate sports, community service projects, intramural sports, and a virtual student gallery on the school’s website which displays a variety of students’ paintings and photography.
In addition, PCC offers a new service to students through the Career Center, called OptimalResume. This is a free service to help students develop a strong resume, write effective cover letters, prepare for future interviews and assess personal skills.
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Polk Community College (PCC) supports several intercollegiate sports teams including men’s baseball, women’s softball, men’s basketball, women’s volleyball, and women’s soccer. The Vikings compete in the Suncoast Conference and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). All home games are played at the Winter Haven campus.
The Lady Vikings softball team won this year’s Suncoast Conference title, while the men’s basketball team is the Suncoast Conference champions for the last two years.
In addition, PCC offers intramural sports such as table tennis, flag football, bowling, golf, basketball, and badminton. Intramural events are organized throughout the school year and may include other sports activities.