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Lifetime Learning at PHCC


The Encore Academy at PHCC offers lifetime learning workshops in multiple subject areas, at all campus locations. Whether you are interested in establishing a new hobby such as photography, drawing, or painting or you are looking for personal enrichment opportunities, the Encore Academy has a variety of classes to enhance your knowledge base.

PHCC students and the community are eligible to attend these low fee workshops, which generally cost $6 per workshop hour. The Encore Academy offers membership options to adults over the age of 50 from only $125 per academic year, defined as August through April. Winter or part-time residents may consider the $99 single term option a better choice. Twenty hours of workshops are included with membership. 

See the information section of the Encore Academy page for workshop schedules and contact information.

Meet our new head basketball coach


Micheal Jones was recently named as PHCC's head basketball coach. Jones previously served as assistant coach here from 2010 to 2012.

Jones began his career coaching middle school basketball at Challenger K8 in Spring Hill (2005-07) and at West Hernando Middle School in Brooksville (2010-12). He held the assistant junior varsity high school basketball coach position for Florida State University School in Tallahassee from 2007 to 2009. Jones served as athletic director at Fox Chapel Middle School (2012-13) in Spring Hill.

“My priority is to teach the student athletes how to become successful in all areas of their lives by developing a solid foundation of basketball and sports knowledge that they can carry with them through their life-journey,” said Coach Jones.

Jones has not only coached at PHCC, but also played two seasons at the college and helped lead the Conquistadors to the Suncoast Conference championship in 2000. He appeared twice in the Florida Community College Activities Association (FCCAA) State Tournament and represented PHCC in the 2000 state all-star game.

Jones received his bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and his master’s degree in athletic administration from Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in sports psychology through the University of the Rockies, Colo.

For more information on the PHCC basketball program or to view the 2013-14 season schedule, visit the athletics page.

Rao Musunuru, M.D. Art Gallery Exhibit


Beyond the Proof Sheet, an exhibit by Michael Conway, begins Thursday, August 22 and runs through September 26.  Whether it's a negative on a proof sheet or thumbnail from a digital collection, it all starts with the frame and a long inquiring gaze. Mixed-media materials allow Conway to expand the meaning of an image that opens a whole new world for the viewer to interpret. 

Join us at the opening reception August 22, 5–7p.m., in the Rao Musunuru, M.D. Art Gallery located in the Alric C.T. Pottberg Library on the PHCC West Campus. The reception is sponsored by PHCC Student Activities.

Seeking Experienced Singers


PHCC is seeking experienced singers to join its College/Community Chorus program. The chorus is beginning its third season under the direction of James Urbanski, who currently serves as director of the Thursday Musicale, the Nature Coast Festival Singers and the Dade City Symphony.

Students and community members wishing to expand their talents beyond their church or school organizations are welcome to join the chorus. Various musical styles will be performed at concerts in late November in Dade City and Spring Hill.

Chorus rehearsals are on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. beginning August 20. The chorus meets in room H-107, located in the Performing Arts Center building on the PHCC West Campus in New Port Richey. Tuition fee for the chorus is $29 for the fall semester and includes music. The chorus is offered through the College’s Continuing Education department and is funded in part by the PHCC Foundation through a grant from the Mary Ellen Grodrian Fund.

For more information call 877-TRY-PHCC or email.

PHCC students place in national future business leaders competition


Two members of the Pasco-Hernando Community College Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) North Campus Business Club recently received Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Awards of Excellence. Robert Ruth brought home a second place Contemporary Sports Issues award. Tanisha Johnson placed 10th in the Retail Management category. The FBLA-PBL National Leadership Conference competition was held in Anaheim, Calif., in June.

The FBLA-PBL National Awards Program recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas. At the State Leadership Conference, students compete in events testing business knowledge and skills. Top state winners are eligible to compete at the annual National Leadership Conference.

“Placing in the top 10 in a national competition is a real accomplishment, and both Johnson and Ruth did their part for the Florida team,” said Sheridan Park, Associate Professor, Office Administration at PHCC.

Individuals, state teams and local chapters were encouraged to compete in any of the over 50 different events representing a wide range of activities and the business and leadership development focus of FBLA-PBL. The winners of these highly competitive and prestigious awards were selected from among FBLA-PBL’s membership of 250,000 students and advisers.

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.

PHCC is closer to offering baccalaureate degrees


Pasco-Hernando Community College received approval to offer a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in supervision and management and a Bachelor of Science in nursing degree.

The Florida State Board of Education unanimously approved PHCC’s baccalaureate degree proposals at its June 18 meeting.  Pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) Board of Directors, the College will offer the two baccalaureate degree courses beginning fall 2014.

“We are excited to see this process moving forward,” said Burt Harres, Ph.D., Vice President of Instruction and Provost, PHCC West Campus in New Port Richey.  “If all goes as planned, the college will be able to offer the new bachelor-level programs beginning fall 2014,  allowing students an affordable avenue to obtain a bachelor’s degree—close to home.”

To learn more about PHCC degree and certificate programs visit the Academic Programs 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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