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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.

PHCC Chorus Performances


The PHCC Community Chorus, consisting of members of the community and PHCC students, is now in its third season. The chorus has scheduled two holiday programs that will include seasonal favorites along with American folk music and a medley from The Phantom of the Opera. The concerts are free and open to the public.

Holiday programs:

Sunday, November 24, 5 p.m.: Historic St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 37623 Magnolia Street, Dade City.

Tuesday, December 3, 7:30 p.m.: St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church, 7922 SR 52, Hudson.

Community members interested in joining the chorus can get more information by contacting James Urbanski at 727-847-2727, ext.6405 or by email.

Rehearsals take place on Tuesday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. on the West Campus in New Port Richey.

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.

Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch


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

Classes at Porter 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 at Wiregrass Ranch 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. Open registration for all new, returning, credit or noncredit students begins November 12, 2013.

“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.

PHCC Offers Two New Social Media Courses Online


Introduction to LinkedIn Career Networking and Using Social Media in Business are two new noncredit, online courses available through PHCC’s partnership with Ed2Go, through our Corporate Training department.

In the Introduction to LinkedIn Career Networking course, students will learn how to use LinkedIn, the popular job search and career development tool, to expand their professional network and find the job of their dreams. They'll gain techniques for using LinkedIn's many powerful tools, including how to create a strong profile, develop business contacts, and join groups to extend their reach.

In the Using Social Media in Business course, students will learn how to use the five most popular social media platforms—Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Google+—to grow and promote their businesses. They will also see how to build a social media team, automate social media activities, and measure and track social media success.

The PHCC Ed2Go program offers students flexibility to study at their own pace and 24/7 classroom access from anywhere with an Internet connection.

Visit PHCC Ed2Go to register. To learn more, call 727-816-3123 or email.

Peace Week—Transformation Begins October 7


Four keynote speakers will be presenting during our Peace Week celebrations this year, scheduled October 7–11 at each of our four campuses. This year’s Peace Week theme, Transformation, is reflected in each keynote presentation.

Keynote speaker Daniel Caron will discuss "Leadership and Peace", by bringing the concept and practice of Original Play® to existing leadership models. 

Ida Manning, daughter of Holocaust survivors and advocate for the disenfranchised, will present "Shifting the Conversation on Immigration".

Keynote speaker, Bob Hall, former board member of New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault, will present "Nonviolent Sexuality: Making Peace with Passion". Hall will discuss conflict resolution, human interaction and the bottom line—that force is never acceptable and communication is always respectable.

Ben Hewitt, freelance journalist and author, will present "Peace and Carrots: cultivating local food economies in the 21st century". Hewitt and his family set the example of how to live in a way that truly connects with nature and leaves no carbon footprint.  He will share practical ways to take action in your life now.

In addition to the keynote presentations, Peace Week will also offer guest and faculty lecturers, a sand mandala, exhibits, presentations, interactive workshops, peace and religion festivals and musical performances. The sand mandala is a symbolic structure, with many layers of meaning, created from colored sand. Watch the mandala creation live from our North Campus. Upon completion, Drupon Thinley Ningpo Rinpoche will offer a Sand Mandala teaching, followed by a dissolution ceremony.

Visit the Peace Week page for a daily agenda of activities, times, campus and room locations.  For more information, call 1-877-TRY-PHCC. Peace Week 2013–Transformation, is sponsored by the Tampa Bay Times, PHCC’s Peace and Social Justice Institute and the Student Activities department. All Peace Week events are free and open to the community.

Heart Gallery of Pinellas and Pasco Exhibit


The Rao Musunuru, M.D. Art Gallery will be exhibiting photos of local foster children ready for forever families in The Heart Gallery presented by the Heart Gallery of Pinellas and Pasco. The exhibit runs from October 3 – 31, 2013.

An opening reception, sponsored by the PHCC Student Government Association, will be held in the gallery on Thursday, October 3 from 5 to 7 p.m. Tiffany Faykus, Executive Director of the Heart Gallery of Pinellas and Pasco, will present an overview of the organization at 6 p.m. Also, an adoptive parent will share an adoption journey story with guests during the presentation, and local favorite John Hughes will play the clarinet.

Each year, hundreds of foster children in Pinellas and Pasco counties risk reaching adulthood without finding permanent adoptive homes. The Heart Gallery of Pinellas and Pasco is an independent, charitable organization that provides an emotionally safe way to promote local adoptions of older children in the community. Last year, 20 children were adopted through the efforts of the Heart Gallery and 10 more children have been adopted in the first quarter of 2013.

The Rao Musunuru, M.D. Art Gallery is located in the Alric C.T. Pottberg Library on the West Campus in New Port Richey. Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday. For more information about exhibits at the art gallery, call 727-816-3231.

Golf Tournament Raises Funds for PHCC Foundation


Register by October 1 to attend the fourth annual golf tournament at the Black Diamond Club – Quarry Course on October 7. This popular event raises funds to benefit the PHCC Foundation that in turn contributes to special programs, scholarships, equipment, activities and more at PHCC.

Presenting sponsors for the fourth annual tournament are Skanska and Borrell Electric. Hole-in-one sponsor, Jarrett Ford, is offering the chance to win a $10,000 cash prize. Awards will be given to each player on the first place team, along with awards for the longest drive for men/women, closest to the pin contest and the putting contest.

Opportunities are available for sponsorships, individual golfers and foursomes. Players receive a buffet breakfast, lunch and beverages on the course, an awards banquet following the tournament, official tournament apparel and goodie bags. Sponsors and teams receive recognition on the PHCC website. Silent auction and raffle opportunities will also be available. Visit the Golf Tournament page or  call 727-816-3410 to register as a participant or sponsor.

Audition for the Hernando/Pasco Has Talent Competition


Are you a singer, dancer, magician or actor? Do you have a talent that others can appreciate? Sign up to participate in the 2013 Hernando/Pasco Has Talent competition!

There is still time to apply for the auditions which will take place on October 5. Participants will be judged on originality, stage presence and overall talent. Competition finalists (15) will be announced on October 14. The Grand Finale, emceed by Steve Persall, Tampa Bay Times Movie Critic, will take place on October 19. Cash prizes and trophies will be awarded for first, second and third place.

Visit the Hernando/Pasco Has Talent page for official rules, entry forms; important dates, times and locations; and to purchase audition and Grand Finale tickets. Audition entry deadline is September 26.

Hernando/Pasco Has Talent is produced by the Pasco-Hernando Community College Chapter of the Association of Florida Colleges with presenting sponsor, Tampa Bay Times. Star sponsors include Sun Toyota of New Port Richey and Famous Tate Appliance & Bedding Centers. Supporting cast sponsors include: Ms. Barbara Craig, George’s Wholesale Tires, Publix and Stassi’s Italian Grill.

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College Night Planned for Prospective Students


PHCC will hold its annual College Night on Tuesday, September 10 and Wednesday, September 11 for prospective college students in the Pasco County area. For prospective students in the Hernando County area, PHCC will be present at the College Night held at Nature Coast Technical High School in Brooksville on Thursday, September 12.

Representatives from PHCC and many public and private colleges, universities, other educational institutions and the military participate in College Night to provide prospective students in PHCC’s two-county service area with a one-stop opportunity to get information about admissions, financial aid and programs for post-secondary study. High school students, their parents and prospective students of all ages are encouraged to attend. College Night is free and open to the public.

Location: PHCC East Campus in Dade City, Physical Fitness Center
Date/time: Tuesday, September 10, 6 to 8 p.m.

Location: PHCC West Campus in New Port Richey, Physical Fitness Center
Date/time: Wednesday, September 11, 6 to 8 p.m.

Location: Nature Coast Technical High School in Brooksville, gymnasium
Date/time: Thursday, September 12, 6 to 8 p.m.

For additional information on College Night call 1-877-TRY-PHCC.