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New Roles for Coach Winterling and Coach Whitney


Head Baseball Coach, Steve Winterling was recently named athletic director, and Head Volleyball Coach, Kim Whitney was named Assistant Athletic Director.

As PHCC’s Athletic Director, Winterling will oversee the men’s basketball and baseball teams, and the women’s volleyball, cross country and softball teams. Winterling remains in his current role and 23rd season as head coach for men’s baseball at PHCC. He surpassed the 500 win mark in 2012 and led his team to a 33-22 season in 2013.

“Our first priority is to hire a head basketball coach. We are interviewing final candidates and hope to have a coach in place very soon. Also, I plan for staff to be fully prepared for the student-athletes returning this fall. Other priorities include immersing myself into the administrative end of scholarships, eligibility and new National Junior College Athletic Association rules and regulations,” said Coach Winterling.

Winterling started PHCC’s first intercollegiate baseball team in March 1991. Prior to that, he served as an assistant coach at Florida State University (FSU) for six years under Mike Martin—a tenure that included three College World Series and a national runner-up finish in 1986. He coached several professional athletes, including Deion Sanders, Paul Sorrento, Luis Alicea, Eduardo Perez and Orestes Destrade.

Winterling took PHCC to the first FCCAA State Tournament in 1994, where they finished state runner-up. In 1995, the program won the Suncoast Conference. In 1998, the team finished 31-12 and led the state with .361 team batting average. The team appeared in the NJCAA Division II regional tournament the past three seasons, finishing fourth in 2013.

Winterling has built the PHCC baseball program— well-respected in the state of Florida—by recruiting quality student-athletes to play against top competition throughout the state. More than 30 players have signed professional contracts and many others have gone on to four-year institutions during Winterling’s tenure.

A native of Jacksonville, Fla., Winterling played two years of baseball at Florida College before transferring to the University of South Florida (USF), where he received his bachelor’s degree in physical education in 1981. He completed his master’s degree from FSU in 1986. Winterling has been a member of the American Baseball Coaches Association for 35 years.

Kim Whitney, entering her 10th year as head volleyball coach at the College, will take on the duties of assistant athletic director. “I am thrilled to be working with Steve Winterling and assisting in the management of our athletic programs,” said Whitney. “We have great coaches and an excellent staff and I look forward to working together on a new level.”

In nine seasons, Whitney holds a record of 252-100. She has led the Conquistadors to three Suncoast Conference championships, nine regional tournament appearances, four NJCAA national tournament appearances, and won the NJCAA DII National Championship in 2010. Whitney was named the District H Volleyball Division I Coach of the Year in 2004 and 2005; The Suncoast Conference Coach of the Year in 2005 and 2007; The regional Coach of the Year by the AVCA Two-Year College for the Northeast-Southeast Region in 2006, 2010 and 2011; The District P Volleyball Division II Coach of the Year in 2010 and 2011; and the Coach of the Tournament at the National Tournament in 2010.
A native of Dunedin, Fla., Whitney is a graduate of Kansas State University (KSU) where she still holds the records for most games played, most double-doubles and is a top record keeper for games played, double grand/career (kills/digs), and digs.

Her outstanding performance at KSU earned a spot on the USA Women’s National Team in 2001. She played indoor volleyball professionally in Gijon, Spain; Barcelona, Spain and for the United States Professional Volleyball League’s Grand Rapid Force; and played outdoor “sand” volleyball professionally for the Extreme Volleyball Professionals (EVP), Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP), and other local tours. She completed her master’s degree at Nova Southeastern in 2008.

New Fire Science Technology Program


PHCC's Fire Science Technology AS degree program will start in the upcoming fall term. The program, offered at our East Campus in Dade City, is designed for individuals currently in the fire service field seeking to advance in their career.

The State of Florida, Division of the State Fire Marshal—Bureau of Fire Standards and Training Florida State Fire College (FSFC) recently approved the new program. The program will provide the training and courses required for certification as Fire Officer I and II, and will prepare graduates for technical and supervisory positions within the fire service field.

The program prepares students for employment as fire inspectors and investigators, fire science technicians, fire officers, fire safety inspectors, fire assistants, safety inspectors, building inspectors, fire insurance investigators/ inspectors, or to provide supplemental training for persons previously or currently employed in these occupations. The program does not prepare students for certification as fire fighters.

For more information about requirements and enrollment, call PHCC Public Service Programs at 352-518-1361 or 352-518-1367.

Encore Academy Microsoft Workshops


PHCC’sEncore Academy  Encore Academy is offering introductory-level workshops on several Microsoft Office programs, including Word, Excel and Access. The workshops are open to the community and cost $12 for each two-hour workshop and $24 for each four-hour workshop. Workshops are being held at the North Campus in Brooksville and East Campus in Dade City.

North Campus workshops

East Campus workshops

For more information about these and other Encore Academy workshops, call 1-877-TRY-PHCC or visit the Encore Academy page.

Hernando/Pasco Has Talent


Do you have talent? If so, mark your calendars and start practicing! The Hernando/Pasco Has Talent competition, presented by the PHCC Association of Florida Colleges and sponsored by the Tampa Bay Times, will take place in October in the Performing Arts Center at West Campus.

If you like to sing, dance or amaze audiences with your skills and want to compete with other talented performers, now is the time to start rehearsing. Auditions will take place in early October. 

Additional information, entry forms and tickets will be available starting next month, on the Hernando/Pasco Has Talent page.

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Save Gas— Ride the Bus


The Student Summer Haul Pass provides unlimited rides in Pasco County, to students of any age, on all PCPT buses.  The pass is valid June 1 to August 31.  Cost is $20. The passes can be purchased at any county library, the West Campus College Store or the PCPT administrative office.

Faculty and Staff Summer Art Show


Beginning May 9, in the Rao Musunuru, M.D. Art Gallery, PHCC faculty and staff will showcase their creative works. A variety of artistic mediums will be represented, including photography, clay, charcoal, textiles, pencil drawings, acrylics, sculpture and publications. The art gallery exhibit will run through July 26, 2013.

Business Majors Start Here


PHSC students have a direct path to a bachelor’s degree in business with the Business Administration Associate in Science degree program.  The BA/AS to BS Transfer program at PHSC provides a solid foundation in disciplines designed to meet business world challenges and prepares students for middle management positions in a variety of business environments.

Students will receive quality instruction from well-credentialed, supportive instructors in areas such as marketing, finance, accounting and management.

All courses in the BA/AS to BS Transfer program are offered in a traditional classroom setting.  Nearly 100 percent of the program courses are also available online for students who prefer a more flexible, virtual environment.  An internship course is offered as an elective for qualified students seeking real-world business experience.

If your goal is to earn a four-year degree in business administration, start with PHSC’s  BA/AS to BS Transfer program. Then, at the junior level, transfer your college credits to a business program at a state college or university. PHSC is your direct path to a bachelor’s degree in business! 

AA degree makes the grade


100% Online - 100% Guarantee* — PHCC now offers students the opportunity to earn an Associate in Arts degree completely online in addition to traditional on-campus courses. 

The 60 credit-hour program provides the flexibility today’s students expect. Whether you are dual-enrolled, recently graduated from  high school, a full-time worker, a stay-at-home mom, seeking a career change, or simply prefer a virtual environment, PHCC’s online AA degree program makes higher education more accessible and convenient.

As with all PHCC online programs, AA degree-seeking students have access to quality education provided by PHCC’s well-credentialed, supportive instructors. PHCC students will hone their analytical, critical-thinking and problem solving skills that will prepare them for success in their professional and academic futures. Plus, PHCC’s academic courses are equal in content and quality to those at Florida’s state colleges and universities.

*Upon successful AA degree program completion, you are guaranteed admission, at the junior level, into one of Florida’s 11 public universities or 15 state colleges.

Whatever your academic and career path or professional ambition,  PHCC helps you make the grade. Start your AA online degree program at PHCC today!