Hodges University will begin to offer classes on the Highland’s campus of South Florida Community College (SFCC) as of January, 2009. Students there will be able to enroll in the Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) program through an arrangement with Hodges.
Offering the IDS program at SFCC will provide greater convenience for residents there who plan to pursue degrees that are increasingly in demand by employers in today's rapidly changing workplace. Graduates of this program will provide a readily available and highly skilled workforce for employers, which will help drive the economic revitalization of the local region and the state.
"We have had great experience with a similar program at other community colleges,” said Dr. Terry McMahan, President of Hodges University. “This will give the students of SFCC the opportunity to complete a bachelor degree program by taking courses at the community college from which they received their associate degree. It’s a program that is challenging and intense, but allows the students to get a degree in a timely manner.
SFCC President Dr. Norm Stephens heard a presentation last summer about the IDS program offered by Hodges University. "I was very impressed by their interest in partnering with us and other community colleges, and in their commitment to support our students as they explore options for continuing their higher education and completion of a baccalaureate degree," he said.
Hodges has placed a learning site coordinator onsite. They also will provide financial aid, Registrar and student development personnel who are specifically dedicated to their learning sites, assisting the learning site students.
SFCC currently serves more than 12,000 students annually through its comprehensive offerings, with campuses and centers in DeSoto, Hardee, and Highlands counties.
In addition to its Naples and Ft. Myers main campuses, Hodges offers programs at several learning sites, including Immokalee, Edison College in Ft. Myers and Punta Gorda, Manatee Technical Institute, Pasco-Hernando Community College and Florida Keys Community College.
For more information about Hodges University, please contact Joe Turner at (239) 598-6169. For information regarding Hodges University – SFCC, call Liz Barber at (239) 450-1441.