Hodges University Brings Higher Education to Immokalee


Hodges University is gearing up for the first term at their new Immokalee learning site. Classes offered for the winter 2008 term will include English as a Second Language as well as associate degree classes in Interdisciplinary Studies. The winter term begins January 15, 2008. The site is located at the Harvest for Humanity facility in the Jubilation community in Immokalee.


Interested students will need to submit satisfactory scores from an SAT, ACT or the college’s placement exam (CPAT). Students must be United States citizens or legal U.S. residents in order to attend classes and to be eligible to apply for state and federal financial aid.  Prospective students must also submit an application to the university with a required application fee.


According to Hodges University president, Dr. Terry McMahan, the diverse population in Immokalee is a perfect fit for the University. “We see an immediate need in the community for higher education, especially our English as a Second Language program,” said McMahan. “We are looking forward to becoming an integral part of the future of Immokalee, and hope to bring more classes to the area in the coming years.”


Earlier this year, Jubilation owner Richard Nogaj donated the facility to Hodges University, helping to fulfill the need for a higher education facility for Immokalee residents.


The primary objective of the Associate in Interdisciplinary Studies is to prepare students for entry-level positions in a variety of areas as specified by the individual student’s needs. The curriculum is designed to give students a firm interdisciplinary foundation in the liberal arts as well as other disciplines offered by the University. Upon successful completion of the program, students will develop an understanding of several disciplines, including computer, business, law and psychology in addition to applied knowledge from the individually planned selected studies core. 


The English as a Second Language (ESL) program offers English language immersion to non-native speakers of English who need to increase their English fluency in a short period of time. Hodges University’s unique ESL program is designed for academic as well as professional purposes. The program’s focus is on Academic/Standard English which enable students to improve their English skills at work, and provides them with a foundation for future college studies.

Long known for its diverse student population, Hodges University was recently recognized by U.S. News & World Report as having one of the most diverse student populations among colleges in the South. In a recent survey conducted by the Independent Colleges & Universities of Florida, Hodges University ranked fourth out of the 28-institutions in Hispanic graduates. Currently, 25% of the total student population is Hispanic, 15% are African-American.

Hodges University has main campuses in Naples and Ft. Myers, plus learning sites in Cape Coral and the counties of Charlotte, Manatee, Pasco and Hernando in addition to the new Immokalee site.


For more information, call (239) 657-7710.

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