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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

"History of African Americans in Opera"


JoAnne Stephenson, Ph.D., a University of Central Florida professor, has been selected as the keynote speaker for PHSC's 2014 Black History Month program. Stephenson’s presentation “History of African-Americans in Opera” offers the audience a performance of select classical compositions by African-Americans.

Four presentations are scheduled over a two-day period:

Wednesday, February 19

Thursday, February 20

PHSC’s Black History Month program includes other presentations, activities and exhibitions. David H. Jackson, Jr., Ph.D., offers "Booker T. Washington Tour of Florida: March 1912" on Wednesday, February 3 at 1 p.m. on East Campus. Author and Professor, Walter L. Smith, Ph.D., presents "The Magnificent Twelve: Florida’s Black Junior Colleges" on Thursday, February 6 at 7 p.m. on East Campus. "History of African Dance & Drums," presented by the Kuumba Dancers & Drummers, will be Wednesday, February 12 at 12:40 p.m. on West Campus. Soul Food Dinner prepared by Steph’s Southern Soul Restaurant will be held Wednesday, February 26 at 6 p.m. on East Campus. Friday, February 28 at 12 p.m. on West Campus, Imani Asukile will facilitate "Revisiting Social Relevance of Soul Train."

Additionally, photo exhibitions will run throughout February. Lewis Plantation and Turpentine Still will be displayed from February 1 through 28 on the North and Spring Hill campuses. African American Southern Agrarian Life will be shown from February 1 through 28 on the East Campus and from February 14 through 28 on the West Campus.

These presentations are offered at no charge and the public is invited to attend. Schools and organizations are welcome. View the listing of activities, times, dates and locations

Digital Photography Workshop Series


The Encore Academy at PHCC will offer a beginning digital photography five-week workshop series titled, Focus Your Talent. The series is a personalized journey designed to develop participant’s creative potential by developing a solid body of photographic work based on a single concept. Weekly image review will emphasize the unity of each individual project, deepen the exploration of personal aesthetics and enhance awareness of post-production techniques and presentation principles, including artist statements. Genres of photographic expression, technique, application and solutions to creative blocks also will be discussed.

The Focus Your Talent digital photography workshop series is held on Thursday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. beginning January 30 and ending February 27. All classes will be held at the East Campus in Dade City, room E-108. The cost is $12 per workshop or $60 for the five-week series.

All Encore Academy workshops are open to the community. Membership in the Encore Academy is not required. Registration deadlines are two days prior to workshop start date. To learn more about membership or Encore Academy workshops call 1-877-TRY-PHCC or visit the Encore Academy page.

Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch in Wesley Chapel to Open Jan. 13


PHCC will open the new Porter Campus the first day of spring term classes, January 13, 2014. The campus will increase access to higher education and workforce training opportunities in the rapidly growing region of southeast Pasco County.

Classes at the new campus will cover a number of disciplines such as business administration, nursing and information technology and those that lead to an Associate in Arts (AA) degree.

Students interested in taking classes on the Porter Campus can register at the Brooksville, Dade City, New Port Richey or Spring Hill campuses, or online if they are a current student. The spring course schedule is available online.

“This is an exciting time in PHCC’s history and we are making sure everything is ready for the doors of the new campus to open on schedule,” said Stanley Giannet, Ph.D., Porter Campus Provost.  “The opportunities and potential of our newest campus are truly limitless. We invite students and area residents to visit Porter Campus and to take advantage of all that we have to offer, from credit and noncredit courses to life-long learning programs.”

Porter Campus features a classroom building linked by a plaza to the library building, built above a three-story parking deck; it boasts four floors—two dedicated solely to health care programs. There are 10 classrooms, four computer labs, four science labs and eight health labs on the campus. A full-service library, Teaching-Learning Center and a Career and Testing Center also are housed on campus.

Located at 2727 Mansfield Blvd., in Wesley Chapel, the multi-level campus is set on 60 acres of property adjacent to Wiregrass Ranch High School on the south side of State Road 56, approximately two miles east of Interstate 75.


Rao Musunuru, M.D. Art Gallery


Marty Balin, singer-songwriter, will be exhibiting his “Music of My Life” collection in the Rao Musunuru, M.D. Art Gallery beginning January 16. Balin will share his experiences in the musical performance culture through his paintings from Lennon to Jagger, Hendrix to Joplin. An opening reception will be held on January 16, from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibit will run through February 20.Visit the art gallery page for additional information.

“Rosa Parks: Such a Time” Monologue


As part of PHCC’s 29th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Lecture Series, Emmy and award winner Gwendolyn Briley-Strand will present “Rosa Parks: Such a Time” at each PHCC campus. The dynamic performance will give the audience a glimpse into the life of Rosa Parks, a pioneer in the modern Civil Rights Movement.

Four presentations are scheduled:

Wednesday, January 15

  • 10 a.m., room E-130, East Campus, Dade City
  • 6:30 p.m., room B-104 and 105, North Campus, Brooksville

Thursday, January 16

  • 9:45 a.m., Performing Arts Center, West Campus, New Port Richey
  • 7 p.m., room B-105, Spring Hill Campus

The presentations are offered at no charge and the public is invited to attend. Schools and organizations are welcome.

Briley-Strand has been delighting audiences on stage, radio, television and in movie theaters for more than 30 years. She is the founder and CEO of See the Fruits, Inc.—a company that uses the arts to teach American history.

“PHCC’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture Series commemorates Dr. King’s legacy and provides a forum for faculty, students and the community to engage in relevant social justice discussions,” said Imani Asukile, PHCC’s director of multicultural student affairs and equity services.

For more information, contact Imani D. Asukile at 727-816-3192 following the college’s reopening after winter break, on January 2.


Law and Corrections Programs


Interested in a career in law enforcement? Applications are being accepted for upcoming law enforcement and corrections programs. Prospective students can register for Academy Information Sessions, hosted the third Thursday of every month, at the Dade City Public Service Technology Building, East Campus, Dade City. Convenient evening and Saturday classes are available. Visit the Public Service Programs page to access additional program information.

Fourth annual golf tournament raises over $37,000


Golf enthusiasts and PHCC supporters teed up at the Fourth Annual Pasco-Hernando Community College (PHCC) Foundation Golf Tournament, October 7, 2013. Players, led by presenting sponsors Borrell Electric Company and Skanska USA Building, enjoyed the links of the exclusive Black Diamond Quarry Course while raising funds for the PHCC Foundation.

Congratulations to the First Place Gross team from Tampa Electric Company, including Jimmy Adcock, Joe Cobb, Keith Martin and John Semeraro. First Place Net trophies were distributed to Daniel Abou-Jaoude, Ken Kunde, Daniel Middle and Greg Ritter representing Borrell Electric Company.  Paul Gassen, Sunrise Landscaping, won the Putting Contest while Zach Maraicher of Cox Fire Protection and Debra Bauman from Skanska USA Building obtained the Closest to the Pin awards. PHCC’s President Katherine Johnson, Ed.D., and Joe Cobb from Tampa Electric Company took home the prizes for the longest drive.

Katherine Johnson, Ed.D., PHCC’s president and William Shustowski, Jr., Ph.D., executive director of the PHCC Foundation and dean of institutional advancement, recognized presenting sponsors Skanska USA Building and Borrell Electric Company at the awards banquet immediately following play. Generous support from these and many more sponsors elevated the funds raised to over $37,000. All proceeds are dedicated to the advancement of student scholarships, academic and athletic programs, libraries and other needed college initiatives.

Please visit the PHCC Foundation page for more information and to view a golf tournament photo slideshow

Workshop Prepares Parents and Students for High School


PHCC and the Hernando Youth Initiative Transition to Post-Secondary committee will host two free information workshops entitled, “Knowing your Options for High School and Beyond,” to prepare Hernando County parents and students for the first year in high school and the years that follow. The workshops will be held from 6:30–8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 3 at PHCC’s North Campus in Brooksville, building 4, room 104; and on Thursday, December 5 at PHCC’s Spring Hill Campus, building B, conference room.

Representatives from Nature Coast Technical High School, Springstead High School, Weeki Wachee High School and PHCC will provide information to explain the many options available to students entering the ninth grade, including advanced placement, dual enrollment, International Baccalaureate (IB) programs and more. 

Child care during the event is available for children three years and older. Please confirm your attendance and child care needs online. Reserve your spot soon as  space is limited.

A Celebration of Poetry


PHCC hosts an open-mike "Celebration of Poetry” event twice each year. Faculty, staff, students and community members are invited to attend or participate in the poetry readings.

Join us on Friday, November 22 from 7 to 9 p.m., in room B104, at the North Campus in Brooksville, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd.

Professor Emeritus Richard Downing, Ph.D., and Professor of Language Arts Kay McKamy, Ph.D., are coordinating the event. PHCC faculty, staff and students, some of whom are published, will read samples of their work. PHCC’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.