Firefighter Training Now Available at PHSC


Do you want to be a firefighter?  PHSC’s new Fire Academy  is now accepting applicants for the upcoming spring semester and beyond. The program, in partnership with Pasco County Fire Rescue, consists of two eight-week courses, Firefighter I and II, to meet 398 hours of minimum standards training to prepare cadets for a firefighting career.

Mandatory orientation for persons interested in applying to the Fire Academy will be held on the first Thursday of each month at 2 and 6 p.m. in the Public Service Technology building on the East Campus in Dade City. The next orientation session is on October 6.

For more information visit our Fire Academy program page or contact William Watson.

Straight A’s for Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program


PHSC’s Bachelor of Science in nursing program has been a highlight in the news recently and for good reason.

1.       Accessibility—On May 4, 2016, the first cohort of 20 PHSC Bachelor of Science in nursing students received their degrees. Among them was Hilesca Hidalgo of Wesley Chapel, 47 at the time, and a mother of two. The majority of those applying to the program have families and established careers, often making on campus classes difficult to attend. For this reason, PHSC designed the program to be completed entirely online allowing students to earn a degree without sacrificing precious time traveling to a brick and mortar classroom.

2.       Affordability—At $126.08 per credit hour, PHSC’s baccalaureate degree fees for Florida residents are among the lowest in the area. University of South Florida undergraduate fees for Florida residents are listed on their website at $211.19 per credit hour in Tampa, $193.70 per credit hour in St. Petersburg, and $185.92 per credit hour in Sarasota-Manatee.

3.       Accreditation—PHSC’s BSN program recently received a full five year accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). “Receiving this accreditation is a major milestone for our program, and assures students, graduates and employers that PHSC offers a clearly defined, comprehensive curriculum that meets standards for the practice of academic nursing,” said Daryle Wane, Ph.D., Professor of Nursing.  Wane, also the Nursing Program Director, Baccalaureatte Degree, developed the BSN program and spearheaded the accreditation effort.

4.       Appointments— Wane serves on the distinguished Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Nursing Education and Practice (JNEP), a peer-reviewed international scientific journal that promotes a high standard of clinically related scholarship supporting the practice and education of nursing and the international exchange of ideas and cultural experiences that impact the field. Additionally, she recently accepted an invitation to become a peer reviewer for the American Journal of Nursing (AJN). The nursing profession’s premier journal promotes excellence in nursing and health care through the dissemination of evidence-based, peer-reviewed clinical information and original research.

5.       Accolades—A recent article by Michelle Miller in the Tampa Bay Times lauds PHSC’s BSN program and provides insight into the affordability and accessibility of the program through the viewpoint of two current students. Additionally, Miller touches on the importance of the recent accreditation by quoting Wane who called it “a big milestone, one that can boost members of the local community working in the nursing field.” To read Miller’s article, visit the Tampa Bay Times online at

Five A’s on any report card is cause for celebration, especially when those A’s are as meaningful to the community as the categories in which they were earned as mentioned above.

Nurses interested in the PHSC BSN online program can apply from April 1 - July 24 for August admission and from July 31 - October 31 for January admission at

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