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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.

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.

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.

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.

Open House Events at Each Campus in July


PHSC is hosting five separate open houses at each of its campuses in July. The open houses are aimed at recent high school graduates who are undecided on college plans and any potential students seeking higher education.

Attendees will learn about the variety of certificate and associate’s degree programs offered through the College. Plus, attendees will learn about the new bachelor’s degree programs now available at PHSC. The events also will provide opportunity for campus tours and offer information on admissions, financial aid, scholarships and the more than 50 clubs and organizations available.

Open house dates and locations include:

  • West Campus in New Port Richey, Wednesday, July 9, 1 – 4 p.m. in R-151
  • North Campus in Brooksville, Wednesday, July 9, 2 – 6 p.m. in building B, rooms 104-105
  • East Campus in Dade City, Wednesday, July 9, 3 – 6 p.m. in building A, room 166
  • Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch in Wesley Chapel, Thursday, July 10, 3 – 5:30 p.m. in building B
  • Spring Hill Campus, Wednesday, July 16, 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. in conference center, B-105

For more information or to reserve your space, please see our RSVP page.

New Summer Career Camps Announced


PHSC will now be offering two additional Summer Career Camps on our East Campus in Dade City for students entering sixth through eighth grade. In addition to the Business and Technology Careers Camp and Health Careers Camp on the PHSC West Campus in New Port Richey, we are offering a STEaM Careers Camp (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) and Fire Science Careers Camp on East Campus.

Please see our career camp page for additional information, including dates, times, costs and a link to register. Act today as our camps are very popular and generally fill to capacity. Help your kids have a safe, fun educational experience this summer!

Registration is Open for Summer Career Camps


PHSC offers two exciting Summer Career Camps on our West Campus for students entering 7th through 9th grades. Our business and technology careers camps are for those with entrepreneurial spirits or an interest in discovering more about the business world. Students will participate in a mock trial, create a business plan and explore through other hands-on business activities. Our health career camps also offer hands-on learning where students will participate in simulations from multiple medical fields. Students will also receive CPR training that will lead to CPR certification.

Please see our career camp page for additional information, including dates, times, costs and a link to register. Act today as our camps are very popular and generally fill to capacity.