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PHSC 1st for Return on Educational Investment


In 2015 ranked Pasco-Hernando State College fifth in the nation for Highest Return on Educatinal Investment. The 2016 rankings were released on Monday, August 22 and PHSC has moved to the top of that list, tied with 4 other institutions. Read the entire story here.

Women’s Volleyball Season Opens on the Road


The Pasco-Hernando State College women’s volleyball team, defending District P champions, compete in their season opener on Wednesday, August 24 in a match against Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Fla. 

The Santa Fe Saints Women’s Volleyball team finished the 2015 season with an overall record of 21-8 and faced Pasco-Hernando State College twice. The Conquistadors lost both of those matches and will look to start the season off with a victory while avenging the two stinging defeats.

To watch the opening game live click here, and to get more information about the upcoming season and the talented athletes that make up the PHSC Women’s Volleyball team, read this article.

Women's Cross Country Season Preview


Last year’s 2015-16 Women’s Cross Country and Half Marathon team finished eighth in the NJCAA Half Marathon Nationals Championship in Levelland, Texas.  The team showed mental toughness and resilience finishing 31st at the NJCAA Division 1 5K National Championship held in Fort Dodge, Iowa in November.  Angela Cruz received the NJCAA Half Marathon All-American Coaches Award and Marffee Simbulan was awarded NJCAA Academic Honors.

The PHSC Women’s Cross Country team is excited for the upcoming season!  Charlene Sanchez is the team’s top returner and hopes to break her 19:49 mark from last year.  Following close behind is sophomore Cynthia Negron who put in a lot of miles this past summer.  Incoming freshman, Kylyn Burbine from Central High School looks to make a strong impact and be one of the Quista’s top runners.  Two other strong incoming freshman are Aaleigah Knight, from Pine Forest High School in Pensacola and Annaliese Besaw from Nature Coast Tech who should be in the team’s top 5.  The team hopes to break into the top 20 at nationals this year.

Cross Country Program By the Numbers

Cross Country

  • 9 National Cross Country NJCAA 5k Appearances
  • 8 Top 25 performances
  • Highest finish was 13th in 2011 and 2012
  • 1 All American

Half Marathon

  • 5 National Half Marathon Appearances
  • 5 Top 10 National Finishes
  • 3 All Americans

Dual Enrollment Essentials


Dual enrollment students wear many hats—two academic hats along with any extracurricular hats they choose. These students choosing to take college classes along with their normal high school classes tend to be self-motivated high achievers who typically get things done with little assistance from others. Bear in mind, however, that the actual time spent in a college classroom learning from a professor is only 1/3 of what one receives in a high school setting.

A word of advice for the multi-hat dual enrollment student: Use all of the resources available to you!

  1. SLS 1101—The College Experience–This course is designed specifically for new college students and will give you the tools that are necessary for a successful college experience. Time management, study skills, test preparation, and personal well-being are just a few of the important topics covered, and many of them will be useful after college as well.
  2. Academic Success Centers–Located on each campus in the library, these centers are staffed by knowledgeable individuals who have a passion for helping students accomplish their academic goals. Use the computer labs for research and homework, or get help from peer tutors hand-picked for their expertise in specific subject areas. YouTube tutorials are available online along with the PHSC Writing Center, and you can find a thorough college success guide here.
  3. Know Your Campus–Finding your way around a new campus can be difficult and frustrating. Feel free to take advantage of the campus tours offered at the Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch and the Spring Hill Campus, and use these campus maps to find your destination easily.
  4. Be Safe!–Knowing your way around the campus can help in an emergency situation but knowing what to do is paramount. Take the time to study the information found on this page and know these important numbers. Additionally, students are encouraged to sign up for Quista Alerts via WISE in order to receive important text messages from the college.

Other important resources include the PHSC Mobile app available for iOS and Android and like us on Facebook, find PHSC videos on YouTube, and follow us on Twitter at @PHSCedu.



Sen. Jack Latvala was named the first inductee to Pasco-Hernando State College’s Legislative Hall of Fame. The senator was honored at a brief ceremony at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 19 in the Alric C.T. Pottberg Library at the College’s West Campus in New Port Richey, 10230 Ridge Road.

Morris Porton, past chair of the PHSC District Board of Trustees, officiated over the ceremony, which included the unveiling of a plaque that will be displayed in perpetuity in the Legislative Hall of Fame. An identical plaque also was presented to Sen. Latvala.

PHSC President Timothy L. Beard, Ph.D., recognized the senator’s efforts leading to the construction of several buildings on the college’s West Campus, for strengthening articulation agreements with the University of South Florida and preserving the integrity of the college’s local service areas.

The Legislative Hall of Fame establishes a new PHSC tradition that recognizes legislators for supporting the college and higher education opportunities for their constituents. 

Photo Caption (L-R): Morris Porton, past chair, PHSC District Board of Trustee; Sen. Jack Latvala; and Timothy L. Beard, Ph.D., president, PHSC.

14 PHSC Student Athletes Awarded Academic Honors


Fourteen Pasco-Hernando State College student athletes were awarded NJCAA honors for academic achievement. Students were awarded in three categories: Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence, 4.00 GPA; Superior Academic Achievement Award, 3.80-3.99 GPA; and Exemplary Academic Achievement Award, 3.60-3.79 GPA. The following PHSC student athletes received the honors:

Alexena Arnold—Volleyball II, Exemplary

Baylee Dushane—Softball II, Pinnacle

Danielle Christian—Volleyball II, Superior

Nicholas Donnell—Baseball II, Superior

Rachel Gardner—Softball II, Superior

Grant McDaniel—Baseball II, Exemplary

Thomas Moschner—Baseball II, Exemplary

Corey Mumaw—Baseball II, Exemplary

Emily Pelletier—Softball II, Exemplary

Alexander Reynolds—Baseball II, Exemplary

Katherine Shoulta—Softball II, Exemplary

Marffee Simbulan—Half Marathon/Cross Country I, Superior

Megan Taris—Volleyball II, Exemplary

Hannah Tucker—Volleyball II, Superior


BSN Program Receives Full Accreditation


The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) ( recently granted the Bachelor of Science in nursing program at Pasco-Hernando State College a full five year accreditation without recommendations for improvement. The accreditation is retroactive to November 16, 2015.

CCNE is a specialized/professional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. CCNE accredits nursing programs at the baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral levels, including programs offering distance education. 

Read the full story here, and for detailed information about the BSN program visit here.

PHSC Presidential Inauguration Reflections


Pasco-Hernando State College’s Presidential Inauguration of Timothy L. Beard, Ph.D., the college’s fourth president was held on May 6, 2016, with a theme of Defeating the Odds . . . Achieving the Dream. The Celebration Reception, held immediately after the inauguration ceremony, raised more than $100,000 for endowed scholarships and the President’s Fund for Excellence. Read the full story here, and enjoy the photo slide show of the events provided below.