Pasco–Hernando State College

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Pasco-Hernando State College
TypePublic, 4-year, State college
PresidentDr. Timothy L. Beard
Location, ,
United States
Campus5 campuses

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.[1] The name of the school changed from Pasco-Hernando Community College (PHCC) to Pasco-Hernando State College (PHSC) on January 21, 2014.[2]


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.[1] 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.[citation needed]

A fifth campus opened in 2014 in Wesley Chapel to serve central Pasco County.[3] The new campus is named the Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch after the Porter family which donated the land to the college.[3]

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.[4] 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.[4]

Notable alumni and attendees[edit]

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.

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.[5] He has appeared on numerous television and radio shows including Jimmy Kimmel Live![6]
Danny Huffor Professional basketball player in the British Basketball League[7]
John Legg Current member of the Florida House of Representatives
George Lowe Voice actor who starred in Space Ghost Coast to Coast[8]
Lucy Morgan Journalist; winner of 1985 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting; won American Association of Community Colleges 2012 Outstanding Alumni Award[9]
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

|- |Annette Indelicato Doying |Former Director of the Pasco County Office of Emergency Management from 2011 to 2016 |}

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Hedman, Carol Jeffares (June 10, 2005). "Community College Began With No Walls". Tampa Tribune.
  2. ^ Pasco-Hernando Community College takes new name,; accessed June 27, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Kinsler, Laura (September 28, 2011). "Ground broken, but hiccup in funding delays PHCC site". Retrieved December 9, 2012.
  4. ^ a b Bates, Michael (March 21, 2013). "PHCC seeks name change". Hernando Today. Archived from the original on 2014-02-01. Retrieved March 26, 2013.
  5. ^ "Jay Forry | Profile". Critic's Choice. The Broadcast Film Critics Association. Retrieved 2 April 2013.
  6. ^ AP. "Tampa based blind movie critic Jay Forry to appear on Jimmy Kimmel". ABC Action News. Archived from the original on June 9, 2013. Retrieved April 2, 2013.
  7. ^ "Rocks sign Danny Huffor". UK American Sports Fans . Com. Retrieved 2 April 2013.
  8. ^ Davis, Craig (September 5, 1977). "'Curious George' is an enterprising young man". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved November 3, 2013.
  9. ^ Alison Pruitt, "Breaking the mold in journalism" Archived 2013-08-25 at, Community College Times, April 6, 2012.

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