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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.

PHCC Boosts Local Economy by $240 million annually


As Florida’s unemployment hovers at 7.8 percent and public funding for higher education is being cut, a new study finds that Pasco-Hernando Community College boosts the economy of Pasco and Hernando counties by $240 million a year. This figure equals 2.6 percent of the total PHCC service area economy.

The study, conducted by Economic Modeling Specialists, Inc. (EMSI) on behalf of the 28 colleges within the Florida College System, calculated PHCC’s total economic impact on its two county service area. The figure is based on the PHCC payroll and operations spending as well as the accumulated economic impact the College’s graduates have had on the local economy. Since the College’s inception in 1972, the College has awarded more than 32,000 degrees and certificates. The study reviewed the economic impact of graduates in a 29 year period and takes into consideration increased earning potential and increased output of business.

“We knew that the College’s contribution to the local economy has been significant on an annual basis and over the course of four decades of service,” said PHCC President Katherine Johnson. “This report substantiates the economic impact PHCC has on the community and relates the value of our institution to the community and taxpayers.”

For students, every dollar spent on tuition today increases a student’s future income by $6.40, according to the EMSI study. From an investment standpoint, PHCC students enjoy a 16.7 percent rate of return on their investment of time and money. Compared to someone with a high school diploma, associate’s degree holders earn $8,200 more per year, on average, over the course of their working lifetime.

For Florida taxpayers, the rate of return on their investment in the college is 7.7 percent, outperforming nearly all private investments’ return on the dollar.

PHCC employs a total of 389 full-time and 336 part-time faculty and staff (based on the 2011-12 reporting year) and spends approximately $31.7  million a year on salaries, services and supplies.  The College has four locations in Brooksville, Dade City, New Port Richey and Spring Hill.  A new $39 million full service campus will open in Wesley Chapel in January 2014.

“Many of our graduates are immediately employable and choose to live and work in our two county district,” said Johnson.  “As we move forward with the approval process to offer baccalaureate degrees and open the Porter Campus in Wesley Chapel, the opportunities PHCC provides to current and future students will grow as well as our impact on the local economy.”

Data sources include, but are not limited to, 2011-12 academic and financial reports from the college, industry and employment data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and earnings and demographic data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

EMSI Executive Summary Report: The Economic Contribution of Pasco-Hernando Community College

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!