Pasco–Hernando State College
|Type||Public, 4-year, State college|
|President||Dr. Timothy L. Beard|
Pasco–Hernando State College (PHSC) is a public college in Florida with campuses in Pasco and Hernando counties. It is the newest four year state college and it has additional campuses in Brooksville, Dade City, New Port Richey, Spring Hill, and Wesley Chapel. The name of the school changed from Pasco-Hernando Community College (PHCC) to Pasco-Hernando State College (PHSC) on January 21, 2014.
PHSC 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 degree, as well as two bachelor's degrees. The college also offers other certification programs in computer science, health care, and law enforcement. Some of the newest programs include the Associate in Science in Professional Pilot Technology and the Associate in Science in Aviation Administration both of which PHSC began offering in the fall of 2017. Additional aviation programs, Aviation Maintenance Administration and Unmanned Vehicle Systems Operations Associate in Science (AS) degrees, have recently been approved by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and are slated to begin in 2018. PHSC also offers 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. The new campus is named the Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch after the Porter family which donated the land to the college.
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. 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.
Notable alumni and attendees
Alumni Status is open to Pasco-Hernando State College graduates, all former students of PHSC who regularly matriculated and left the college in good standing.
|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. He has appeared on numerous television and radio shows including Jimmy Kimmel Live!|
|Danny Huffor||Professional basketball player in the British Basketball League|
|John Legg||Current member of the Florida House of Representatives|
|George Lowe||Voice actor who starred in Space Ghost Coast to Coast|
|Lucy Morgan||Journalist; winner of 1985 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting; won American Association of Community Colleges 2012 Outstanding Alumni Award|
|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|
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