Polk State College
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|Polk Community College|
|Motto||We Are Polk.|
|President||Dr. Eileen Holden|
|Location||Winter Haven, Florida, United States|
Polk State College, formerly known as Polk Community College, is a public state college located in Winter Haven, Florida, USA. Polk State College is a member institution of the Florida College System.
The college changed its name from Polk Community College in 2009 to reflect its first Bachelor's degree program. Originally named Polk Junior College, it began classes in 1964. The main campus is located in Winter Haven, a second campus is located in nearby Lakeland.
Total enrollment is about 10,000 credit students and 8,700 non-credit students, served by a staff of about 1200 faculty members. Of the total credit students over 5,400 attend classes in Lakeland, 4,000 attend in Winter Haven, and over 500 attend in Lake Wales. In 2004, the Collegiate High School was opened on the Lakeland campus, and a second CHS, Chain of Lakes Collegiate High School, opened in Winter Haven in Fall 2006. The Board of Trustees approved a name change at the March 23, 2009 meeting and the college became Polk State College on July 1, 2009. The Polk State College Libraries serve students of Collegiate High School, Chain of Lakes Collegiate High School, Florida community college and university students with a growing collection of traditional and virtual resources including art prints, sculpture, and audio/video formats.
Polk State competes in the Suncoast Conference of division I of the NJCAA Region 8 within the Florida State College Activities Association (FSCAA) and offers athletic programs in men's basketball and baseball, and women's cheerleading, soccer, softball and volleyball As of 2013, men's basketball has won 12 Suncoast Conference championships, three NJCAA region 8 championships.
PSC Collegiate High School
Polk State College's Lakeland and Winter Haven campuses host the 'PSC Collegiate High School Program' where students can earn their Associates of Arts (AA) degree while completing their normal high school requirements. Student can also enroll in programs such as Information technology (IT) or take the route of finishing general education prerequisites for their field of choice. Juniors and seniors in high school who meet a certain GPA requirement are currently the only ones eligible for the program. Taking the standardized PERT test is also an entry requirement; passing scores include: Reading 104-150, English 99-150, Math 113-150.
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