International College Expands onto Two additional Campuses at Pasco Hernando Community College

International College is expanding onto two additional Pasco Hernando Community College (PHCC) campuses as a result of growing community demand.

Beginning in May, International College will bring its baccalaureate degree program in management to the Brooksville and Dade City PHCC campuses.

International College first entered into an articulation agreement with PHCC in September 2001, to offer an accelerated bachelor’s degree on the campuses of PHCC. The first classes were offered at the New Port Richey campus.

But after larger than expected enrollment and growing demand, both Colleges moved forward with the expansion. During the Fall Term of 2001, 13 students enrolled in the degree program. There are currently more than 40 students enrolled. Officials from both Colleges attribute the success to a solid partnership, convenience and a strong need within the community.

“This is a very exciting venture because at this time there are no baccalaureate degrees in Hernando County at our campus sites. It’s an untapped market,” said Paul Szuch, Ph.D., PHCC Vice President of Educational Services. “Many of our students are bound to this area because of jobs and families, so they are unable to commute to major universities to complete a bachelor’s degree program. The expansion will give students the opportunity to earn a degree without leaving home, allow them to attend classes when its conducive to their schedules, and have a seamless transition from our AS degree programs to International College’s baccalaureate degree programs.”

Jan Jones, a Brooksville resident currently enrolled at the New Port Richey site, said she is ecstatic that International College is expanding into her Alma mater. Jones earned her AS degree at the PHCC Brooksville campus.

“I love the accelerated management program. It’s very conducive to my schedule. I know of coworkers who travel more than an hour to earn their degrees in Tampa,” said Jones, who has management aspirations. “An hour may not sound that far away, but in a busy lifestyle, it can make or break you. I believe the International College program has helped professional working people who are trying to better themselves.”

New Port Richey student and North Crystal River resident Mary Jo Rode said she believes the expansion will be very popular among area residents.

“I’m glad both schools took the time to listen to student and community needs,” Rode said.

Marion Bullock, Dade City PHCC Provost, is eager to see the results of the expansion.

“International College has already proven itself on our New Port Richey campus with our students. International College offers caring instructors and a wonderful program. Now our Dade City campus will be able to share in the experience,” Bullock said.

PHCC North Campus at Brooksville Provost Burt Harres shared the sentiment.

“I think students in this area are very excited about having a baccalaureate degree in management in Hernando because it means they will not have to leave the county. This is a perfect degree program for the community’s needs,” Harres said. “I see this as a great win/win opportunity for all.”

International College has a similar articulation agreement with Edison Community College on its Lee and Charlotte campuses. Rita Lampus, International College Director of Admissions, looks forward to continued success with PHCC.

“It seems a natural progression to expand onto the other campus locations at Pasco Hernando Community College based on the enrollment success at our New Port Richey location,” Lampus said.
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