International College Expands to Pasco-Hernando Community College
Starting in September, New Port-Richey-based Pasco-Hernando Community College will be the third community college campus to offer a four-year degree program from International College.
In 1999, the Florida Legislature passed a law allowing two-year community colleges to partner with four-year schools to offer bachelor’s degrees. International College professors currently teach bachelor’s level programs in management and criminal justice on Edison Community College campuses in Fort Myers and Punta Gorda. In June, 38 students received International College bachelor’s degrees after studying on Edison campuses. Another 77 International College students are enrolled on ECC campuses during the current summer academic term.
Students with an associate degree from Pasco-Hernando are eligible for the program. Those who complete International’s curriculum while studying on the PHCC campus receive an International College degree. International College joins the University of South Florida as the only four-year schools on the PHCC campus.
USF has bachelor’s programs in interdisciplinary social science, nursing and education while International’s program will be in management. PHCC has six campus sites and the International program will be at the main campus in New Port Richey, about ten miles north of the Tampa-Clearwater area.
"We have strong associate of science programs in business and large numbers of graduates in that discipline and we were looking for a good bachelor’s in business management to complement that," said Lynn Rothman-Venus, director of marketing and public relations at PHCC. "We feel that International’s accelerated program is ideal for our student population of working adults who want to obtain a bachelor’s degree while going to school at night," said Rothman-Venus. "It’s a program that’s challenging and intense but allows them to get a degree in a timely manner while holding down a full-time job during the day."
Students can earn up to 12 credits in a 15-week trimester while spending only four hours a week in the classroom. Besides class time, students are required to tie-in academic principles and assignments with day-time jobs. Students with a PHCC associate degree enrolling in International College’s program can finish their bachelor’s in as little time as one year to 18 months.
"As with Edison Community College, International College’s rationale for pursuing such agreements is to encourage students to continue their educational endeavors in a supportive, familiar environment," said Jeannette Brock, Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs at International College. " The agreement we have signed with Pasco-Hernando Community College will give students in Pasco and Hernando counties the opportunity to complete a bachelor degree program by taking courses at the community college from which they received their associate degree."
Pasco-Hernando Community College, with an enrollment of 6,000 students, was founded in 1972. PHCC offers 21 associate degree programs, one associate in applied science degree and four certification programs.
International College, with a main campus in Naples, was founded in 1990 and has 1,117 students and offers associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in 12 fields of study. Pasco-Hernando will be the sixth site that International College is located. The College has locations in Fort Myers and Sarasota in addition to Edison Community College campus sites.