Pasco-Hernando State College hosted their first Men of Excellence event Feb. 20 at the PHSC Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch in Wesley Chapel, Fla.

The event, which featured a panel discussion and vendor fair, was designed around a barbershop style concept aimed at encouraging men to come together and openly share and discuss a wide array of topics and how to incorporate excellence into their lives.

“When you’re presenting yourself whether it’s on the job, in the community, or in the classroom, you want to reflect a standard of excellence and helping young men and women be able to identify, understand and exhibit excellence is critical,” said Nathaniel Brown, PHSC linking in faith and education (LIFE) coordinator.

During the panel discussion several community leaders addressed current challenges facing youth by offering personal stories, advice, and encouragement.

Javon Parker, a sophomore at Wharton High School, attended the event and said he enjoyed gaining knowledge from the speakers and hearing about the variety of experiences and challenges they overcame.

The event was open to the community as well as PHSC students.

“As a college focused on our community, we want to help provide opportunities for the community and in turn help individuals make a positive impact,” said Brown.

PHSC plans to host additional similar events. For more information about upcoming events visit