Select a Major with New Career Advising System
PHSC recently added FOCUS 2, an online, interactive career advising system to improve the career development process for students. The free self-paced career guidance tool combines self-assessment, career and major exploration, decision making and action planning in one comprehensive program. Designed to help students explore their values, interests, personality and skills, the assessment tool meets new state legislative requirements for major/meta-major selection.
“FOCUS 2 facilitates goal setting, academic decision making and course selection to increase student commitment, motivation and the probability of retention,” said Jackie Eden, Assistant Director of Career and Testing Services. “Many freshmen are unsure of how to combine their interests and skills into selecting a major or determining a career path. FOCUS 2 can move students forward in planning suitable careers and provide results-oriented goals.”
FOCUS 2 is accessible to all students and alumni and available anytime online for most devices. As interests and skills expand, career assessment results may change so students are encouraged to reassess periodically. Individual FOCUS 2 results are saved in a digital career portfolio for future reference.
FOCUS 2 is ACSCI (Association for Computer-Based Systems for Career Information) certified and meets the standards and criteria established by the National Career Development Association and the U. S. Department of Labor.
For more information, please call 1-855-NOW-PHSC.
Graduating Sophomores Moving On To Four-Year Programs
Head Coach Steve Winterling announced that seven sophomores will be taking their talents to four-year institutions. Tyler Ramsey (Delaware State University), Robby McCabe (East Tennessee State University) and Joel Rosario (Texas Southern University) have signed with NCAA Division I programs. Brennan Allen (Brevard College), Tyler Cooler (University of Tampa) and Chris Frosch (University of Tampa) will be playing NCAA Division II baseball and Jose Alonzo signed with NAIA member University of the Cumberlands. Each student-athlete played a major role in this year's fourth place finish at the College World Series.
Concept College Program Receives Grant
PHSC Foundation recently received a grant of $5,000 from the Rays Baseball Foundation Community Fund Grant Program. The funds will support PHSC’s Concept College outreach program that provides an opportunity for at-risk students to explore a variety of career pathways and encourages participants to attend college. PHSC’s Concept College serves disadvantaged Pasco and Hernando County students who are likely to drop out of school or have little expectation of enrolling or graduating from college.
The PHSC Foundation was one of twenty non-profit organizations to receive a grant through the Community Fund Grant Program. The Rays Foundation presented the award to PHSC Foundation Board Vice Chair, George “Skip” Miller and PHSC Director of Development, Maria Hixon at a banquet held at Tropicana Field on June 6.
For more information about the PHSC Foundation, please call 727-816-3410.
Cross Country Runner Wins Award
Sophomore Judith Young won the Award for Exemplary Academic Achievement for having an excellent grade point average for all four semesters while competing for the cross country and half marathon team.
Judith’s overall GPA while at PHSC was a 3.7. Judith was an integral part of the 2012 and 2013 Cross Country teams. She was also on the half marathon team for the 2013 season. Judith plans to continue her academic and athletic endeavors at the University of South Florida this fall.
James Santella Foundation Establishes Memorial Scholarship
The PHSC Foundation recently received $11,000 from the James Santella Foundation to establish the James Santella Memorial Scholarship.
The James Santella Memorial Scholarship endowment will support Hernando County residents, or graduates from a Hernando County high school, who exhibit a passion and interest in a rewarding career in fire rescue or first responder service. The endowment will begin awarding scholarships in the 2014 fall semester.
James Santella, a 2004 Pasco-Hernando State College graduate, was a firefighter for Spring Hill Fire Rescue, Engine 2, who put family and service to his community above all else. His passing from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, inspired the creation of the James Santella Foundation. The organization provides resources and financial support to area residents suffering from ALS and educational opportunities to the students of PHSC.
Visit the PHSC Foundation page or call 727-816-3410 for more information.
Volleyball Qualifies for Team Academic Award
The women's volleyball team qualified for the NJCAA All Academic Team Award with a 3.31 team GPA. The minimum GPA to qualify is a 3.0. The team ranked 41 out of 97 qualifying teams.
And, special recognition is given to Jessi Shapiro who qualified for an individual academic award—the NJCAA Exemplary Academic Achievement Award. Athletes must have completed three full-time semesters and must have an overall GPA between a 3.60 and 3.76 to qualify.
Certified Production Technician Training Program
The Corporate Training department of PHSC recently announced a new Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC) Certified Production Technician (CPT) training program. The course will be held on Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., July 14 – 31, 2014 at the Spring Hill Campus.
The Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC) is an industry-led training, assessment and certification system focused on the core skills and knowledge needed by production workers. The MSSC system awards the Production Technician Certification to non-incumbent and incumbent workers. Pasco-Hernando State College is a certified MSSC assessment center, offering training and certification through its Corporate Training department.
The Certified Production Technician (CPT) Training Program includes courses in four manufacturing modules: safety awareness, production and processes, maintenance awareness and quality assurance. Certificates are awarded at the conclusion of each module when passing scores are earned. A CPT Certification is awarded once all four module assessments are passed.
The MSSC CPT course fee is $1,100 per person; all instructional materials and four assessments are included. Employers may qualify for up to 50 percent in training reimbursement funds through Career Source Pasco-Hernando. This class is funded in part by a $15,000,000 Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCT) grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration.
To register or for more information, call 727-816-3123 or email.
Former Softball Player Signs with Newberry (S.C.) College
Jeri Loffler, former PHSC women's softball player, recently signed an athletic scholarship with Newberry College located in Newberry, S.C. Jeri will pursue a degree in communications while continuing to participate in softball.
Jeri was the 2014 most outstanding player with a batting average of .461, 26 RBI and a .564 on base percentage.
Rosario Makes World Series All Tournament Team
Sophomore Joel Rosario was named to the NJCAA Division II World Series All-Tournament team. The first baseman from Gyanabo, Puerto Rico batted.417 in the tournament going 5 for 12 two RBIs. He fielded a perfect 1.000 (39 PO, 2 A).
For the season, Rosario batted .330 with five doubles, one triple, one home run and 25 RBIs. He fielded .994 making only two errors.
Solomon Signs Athletic Scholarship with Edward Waters College
Congratulations to Keyana Solomon. Keyana recently signed an athletic scholarship with Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Fla. and will pursue a degree in Criminal Justice.
Keyana graduated from Pasco-Hernando State College in May. Her softball record is a .342 batting average with 10 doubles and an on base percentage of .444.