Here on the Space Coast of Florida, there exists a wonderful community college system with four campuses located in Palm Bay, Cocoa, Titusville and Melbourne. I live near the Palm Bay campus which is beautiful and has, in my opinion, the very best fireworks display each July 4th.
When I first lived here in the 1960s, the school was named Brevard Junior College. I moved to North Carolina and the local town of Brevard, NC, had and has a Brevard Junior college, of music. Florida’s is now named Brevard Community College and will change its name again to Eastern Florida State College. Under a 2008 law, community colleges can opt to expand and offer four-year degrees. The new name was deemed appropriate to match its new state college status and its expanded curricula. This college will now offer two-year degrees and four-year degrees beginning in the Fall of 2013.
A recent press release that is posted on the Brevard Community College website affirms that the primary mission remains offering over one hundred two-year associate degrees. Expansion of this mission to Baccalaureate degrees is a huge step. Initially, the Bachelor of Applied Science Degree will be offered in August 2013. There are two ways to track to this degree. One is the general management concentration. The other is the health care management concentration. I must say, this is a great example of outreach to the region’s educational needs.
When you live on the Space Coast, mission statements often reflect this through carefully chosen words. The college chose a slogan, “Explore, Achieve, Succeed.” One of the nifty things about the new name is that it tends to explore or reach out to a larger region, the eastern coast of Florida, going well beyond the borders of Brevard County.
Starting in August 0f 2014, Eastern Florida State College will offer more four-year Bachelor’s Degrees:
Public Safety Management: A new Institute of Public Safety will be built on the Melbourne Campus in 2015 for the police academy and criminal justice programs.
Sales and Marketing Management
Advanced Allied Health
The four-year degree programs should attract many students and professionals who want to further their education beyond the two-year level. With campuses throughout the Space Coast this becomes a viable option for residents to work and live in Brevard and attend classes day or night. For those still taking their two-year degree, tuition continues at the state defined community college level rate; for the four-year degree it will be at the state college rate instead of the higher state university rate.
This does not change the fact that students who complete their two-year degree are tracked through the “Direct Connect” program to the University of Central Florida. Now these students can move on to any college or university, as they have always been able to do, or opt to stay on campus to complete their four-year degree.
I love choices. Check it out.