Pasco–Hernando State College

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Pasco-Hernando State College
Established 1967
Type Public, 4-year, State college
President Dr. Katherine M. Johnson
Location New Port Richey, Florida, USA
Campus 5 campuses
Mascot Conquistadors

Pasco–Hernando State College (PHSC) is a state college in Pasco County and Hernando County, Florida. With five campuses in Brooksville, Dade City, New Port Richey, Spring Hill, and Wesley Chapel PHSC serves Pasco and Hernando counties in the central west coast of Florida. It is the youngest 4-year State college in Florida.[1] The name of the school changed from Pasco-Hernando Community College (PHCC) on January 21, 2014.[2][3]

PHCC was established in 1967 by the Florida Legislature and is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the associate's degree.[1] In addition, the college offers many other certification programs in the fields of computer science, health occupations, and law enforcement. One of the newest programs is the Educator Preparation Institute, an alternative teacher certification program.

PHSC also offers GED preparation classes to prepare students to test for the GED diploma, and dual-enrollment classes for high school students. Many students select the four-year state college as an alternative to higher priced four-year institutions with the prospect of transferring.

A fifth campus opened in 2014 in Wesley Chapel to serve central Pasco County.[4] The new campus is named the Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch after the Porter family which donated the land to the college.[4] In March 2013 PHCC President Katherine Johnson announced plans to change the college's name to correlate with the beginning of offering baccalaureate programs in 2014.[5] The school sought public feedback via its website regarding four proposed new names: College of Pasco-Hernando, Pasco-Hernando College, Pasco-Hernando State College, or State College of Pasco-Hernando.[5]

Notable alumni and attendees[edit]

Alumni Status is open to Pasco-Hernando Community College graduates, all former students of PHCC who regularly matriculated and left the college in good standing.

Alumni Notability
Kurt S. Browning Youngest Supervisor of Elections for Pasco County, Florida's Secretary of State
Greg Jones Retired Major League Baseball pitcher
Jay Forry National syndicated film critic known as "The Nation's Only Blind Movie critic.[6] He has appeared on numerous television and radio shows including Jimmy Kimmel Live![7]
Danny Huffor Professional basketball player in the British Basketball League[8]
John Legg Current member of the Florida House of Representatives
George Lowe Voice actor who starred in Space Ghost Coast to Coast[9]
Lucy Morgan Journalist; winner of 1985 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting; won American Association of Community Colleges 2012 Outstanding Alumni Award[10]
Robert Schenck Current member of the Florida House of Representatives
Wilton Simpson Current member of the Florida Senate
Robert L. White Sheriff of Pasco County from 2000 to 2011

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Hedman, Carol Jeffares (10 June 2005). "Community College Began With No Walls". Tampa Tribune (Tampa, FL) 
  2. ^ Pasco County; Business Briefs July 2013 Florida Trend
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  4. ^ a b Kinsler, Laura (28 September 2011). "Ground broken, but hiccup in funding delays PHCC site". Retrieved 9 December 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Bates, Michael (21 March 2013). "PHCC seeks name change". Hernando Today. Retrieved 26 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "Jay Forry | Profile". Critic's Choice. The Broadcast Film Critics Association. Retrieved 2 April 2013. 
  7. ^ AP. "Tampa based blind movie critic Jay Forry to appear on Jimmy Kimmel". ABC Action News. Retrieved 2 April 2013. 
  8. ^ "Rocks sign Danny Huffor". UK American Sports Fans . Com. Retrieved 2 April 2013. 
  9. ^ Davis, Craig (September 5, 1977). "'Curious George' is an enterprising young man". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved November 3, 2013. 
  10. ^ Alison Pruitt, "Breaking the mold in journalism", Community College Times, April 6, 2012.

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