Open House Celebrates Expanded Mission, New Name
South Florida State College invites employees to join with the community in celebrating its expanded mission and new name at the SFSC: Celebration Open House on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 3-6 p.m., at the SFSC Highlands Campus.
The program will begin by raising the new SFSC flag and dedicating a time capsule at the flagpoles in front of Building C-1. Dr. Mike McLeod has been collecting items that commemorate this period in the college’s history for the time capsule, and its location will be marked by a rock and a plaque. Plans call for it to be opened on the college’s 75th anniversary.
Following the dedication, the celebration will move to Building B. Guests can learn about the Career Development Center’s services and the new Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Supervision and Management (BAS-SM). Hors d’oeuvres will be served by Tim Hansen and his Culinary Arts students. Building B will also be the starting point for tours to show off the Highlands Campus and college programs. Employees may volunteer to conduct tours by contacting Colleen Rafatti at ext. 7411.
The open house marks a significant milestone in the history of the college. In June, the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools approved a level change for South Florida Community College, which allowed it to award baccalaureate degrees. This led to the decision to change the college’s name to South Florida State College. With the start of the fall term, classes began for the BAS-SM degree, making it possible for students to pursue a bachelor’s degree from SFSC for the first time ever.
“We have always had a comprehensive mission of ‘enriching our communities through education … one life at a time,’ and the new bachelor’s program adds to it,” Dr. Norm Stephens, SFSC president, said. “This open house is a celebration of our expanded mission but also an opportunity to affirm that we continue to be a comprehensive college that responds to the needs of our community. We invite everyone to celebrate with us and hope they’ll develop a greater awareness of all of the programs and services we have to offer.”