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Poetry Reading at North Campus―Brooksville


PHSC will host its bi-annual Celebration of Poetry on Friday, April 25, 2014 from 7 to 9 p.m., room B104, at the North Campus in Brooksville. Students, community members, faculty and staff are invited to listen and participate in an open-mike poetry reading.

Professor Emeritus Richard Downing, Ph.D., and Professor of Language Arts Kay McKamy, Ph.D., are coordinating the event. PHSC students, faculty and staff, some of whom are published, will read samples of their work. PHSC’s North Campus Student Government Association and the newly formed Fine Arts Club will provide refreshments and door prizes.

Those interested in reading one or two poems may sign up at the door. For more information call Kay McKamy at 352-797-5109.

PHSC to Hold Manufacturing Cafe' Events


PHSC and Career Source will be holding two Manufacturing Café events. Information to be shared includes opportunities for on-the-job training programs available to local Hernando and Pasco County manufacturers. The event for the Hernando area will be held on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at Alumi-Guard, in Brooksville, 2401 Corporate Blvd. from 8 to 9 a.m. The Pasco area event will be held on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at the SMARTstart Dade City Incubator, 15000 Citrus Country Dr., Suite 103, Dade City, from 8 to 9 a.m.

PHSC and Career Source have partnered to address the gap in skilled labor in the manufacturing industry of Florida. The College, through Florida TRADE Grant funds, has developed custom training programs to assist area manufacturers in finding and hiring skilled laborers.

The event also is a networking opportunity that will allow attendees to share their challenges and most pressing issues manufacturers face each day.

Alumi-Guard is the host sponsor of PHSC’s Manufacturing Café event on April 9, and SMARTstart Incubator of Dade City is the host sponsor of PHSC’s Manufacturing Café event on April 16. Call 727.816.3227 to reserve your space today, or send an email to Margie Burnham.

IQuit Smoking Cessation Program


PHSC is partnering with Gulfcoast North Area Health Education Center to provide a free program to those interested in quitting tobacco use. The IQuit with AHEC program is the in-person option of Tobacco Free Florida’s three free and easy ways to quit. The program uses counseling and optional nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) to help participants reach their goal to quit tobacco use. Participants are eligible to receive up to four weeks of free NRT products including gum, patches and lozenges, while supplies last and if medically appropriate.

IQuit with AHEC, also sponsored by the Florida Department of Health, is scheduled to meet on Thursday, April 3 from 5 to 7 p.m. in room C205-C at the West Campus.

There are no requirements for participation, just a willingness to quit smoking. To register, please call 813-929-1000, ext. 213 or email. Visit Tobacco Free Florida to learn more about the three free and easy ways to quit tobacco.

Congratulations to PHSC's All-Florida Academic Team Members


Eight PHSC students were nominated to the 2014 Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) All-Florida Academic Team. The students representing the College are: Ana Chambers and Melissa Espinosa of Spring Hill, Jasmine Frey and Hongyan Lu of Hudson, Leanore Masi of Brooksville, Tonya Mason of Dunedin, and Sasha Stanek and Michael Wilson of Dade City. 

The students were selected based on academic achievement, leadership and community service and will be recognized at an awards ceremony on April 24, 2014, at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando. Sponsors of the All-USA Academic Team competition include USA Today and the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) International Honor Society. This year’s team is comprised of 109 students from the Florida College System.

Congratulations students. We are proud of you!

Corrections and Law Enforcement Academy Application Deadlines


Summer and fall term applications are being accepted for the Law Enforcement Academy programs at East Campus.

A new night time/part-time Law Enforcement Academy program will start on May 12, 2014. The summer academy will run Monday through Thursday from 6 to 10 p.m., and Saturdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Application deadline is April 7, 2014. The next daytime Law Enforcement Academy program will be offered in the fall term, starting August 18, 2014. Application deadline is June 23, 2014.

The law enforcement programs prepare cadets for work in the field as certified police officers and are based on 770 hours of training; the curriculum is prescribed by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission (CJSTC) in accordance with Florida Statutes.

In addition to being admitted to the college, prospective corrections and law enforcement students must complete an academy application and meet additional requirements to qualify for these limited access programs. Additional requirements for both programs are outlined in the monthly information session, held the third Thursday of the month at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. in the Public Service Technology Center on the East Campus in Dade City.

For more information, call 352-518-1364 or view our Law Enforcement Academy programs pages.

PHSC Cheer Team Wins Silver


Congratulations to the PHSC cheer team who won Silver in the College Co-Ed Level 6 division at the American Championships at the Florida State Fair on Saturday, February 8, 2014. This marks the fifth consecutive year the PHSC cheer team has competed at the American Championships.

“The Team received a score of 85.7 overall and a score of 9.3 out of 10 for the creativity of the routine. The routine included a one-man full-up, co-ed full-ups, and two pyramids and for the first time, included a bird-front basket,” said Jennie Pell, Head Coach. Cheer team members include Ashley Brow, Ryan Guy, Ashley Hermann, Amanda Kahn, Patty Leas, Courtney Lyon, Matt Phillips, Amanda Prystupa, Haley Sandifer, Kimberly Smith, and Britney Younger. Choreography was provided by Sophia Haddad, who will take over as head coach next season.


PHSC Cheer Team Wins Silver at Florida State Championship Competition February 2014.

Cultural Learning at PHSC


UPDATE: Due to inclement weather, all of today's Art & Culture Week events have been canceled.

During Art & Culture Week at PHSC (March 4 - 8), you will experience activities such as experiential painting, films, lectures and other engaging festivities at each of our campuses. You will hear music that transports you, lectures that inspire and demonstrations that ignite your creative potential.

Join us as we examine and celebrate the arts and cultural influences on modern society. Students, faculty, staff and the community are invited to attend all events and there is no charge for attendance. View our Art & Culture Week page for a schedule of events and an introduction to the talented performers and presenters we are proud to host.

Mini-Term IIB Registration Open until March 7


Term IIB is an express, mini-semester that allows students to complete courses in half the time of a regular semester. Term IIB classes begin March 17 and run through May 5. Registration is open until March 7.

Term IIB courses include English composition, psychology, health science, computers, math and humanities, to name a few. The courses being offered can be viewed in the online course schedule. Current PHSC students can register for classes and new students can complete a college admission application directly through the WISE system. 

For additional information and assistance, please contact one of our Student Development offices.

Give Kids a Smile® Event Provides Free Services for Eligible Children


PHSC will provide free dental care to local children in celebration of the 11th year of the Give Kids A Smile® initiative. A team of local volunteer dentists, hygienists, students and graduates of PHSC’s dental program will host the annual Give Kids A Smile® event in our state-of-the-art dental clinic located on the West Campus.

Dental screenings, including exams, X-rays, cleanings and sealants are among the free services provided to eligible children on Friday, February 14 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Follow-up services such as fillings and extractions will be provided on Friday, February 21 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Children are being qualified by the school nurses in Pasco County schools. Families must meet income criteria and children must be ages 6 to 17.

National Children’s Dental Health Month focuses on providing oral health education and services to all children despite their economic status during February. PHSC’s Give Kids A Smile® event is sponsored by the American Dental Association, West Pasco Dental Association, Pasco-Hernando Dental Hygienists Association, Pasco County Health Department and Pasco-Hernando State College, with special assistance provided by the school nurses in Pasco County.

PHSC Named as One of Top 150


PHSC was recently named as one of the nation’s top 150 community colleges by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program making it eligible to compete for the $1 million fund for the 2015 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. The Aspen Prize is awarded every two years and PHSC was selected as a top college in 2012 as well.

“We are pleased to be among the 150 community colleges in the United States and one of the 15 institutions within the Florida College System chosen to compete for the Aspen prize fund,” said PHSC President Katherine Johnson, Ed.D. “I am extremely proud that PHSC is recognized for its continued demonstration of student success in the areas of persistence, completion and transfer; consistent improvement in outcomes over time; and equity in outcomes for students of all racial/ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.”

“I am proud that so many of our colleges are eligible to compete for the 2015 Aspen Prize,” said Florida College System Chancellor Randy Hanna. “The Aspen Prize spotlights the excellent work being done by our colleges to ensure every student receives a high quality education.”

Some seven million students—youth and adult learners—enroll in America’s nearly 1,200 public and private community colleges every year.

The top 150 colleges will compete for the prestigious honor following a year-long research process into how well its students learn, complete degrees and get jobs with competitive wages after graduating. A full list of the 150 community colleges is available at Prize winners will be announced in early 2015.

For more information on the Aspen Institute, visit