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Northwest Florida Career Pathways

There are a number of educational institutions in Northwest Florida that you can attend. Click on a school in the list below to learn more about it, and to mark it as one you're interested in.

Chipola College

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Florida State University

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Gulf Coast Community College

8 found

Pensacola State College

78 found

Tallahassee Community College

16 found

University of West Florida

47 found

Program Timeframes

12-month or less programs

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You can further narrow your search by specifying the duration of the programs you're interested in. Typically, bachelor's degrees require around 48 months to complete, and associate degrees require around 24 months.

<p><strong>Training for Where You Are ...and <em>Where You Want to Go</em></strong></p> <p>Chipola College is a public, open-admissions institution in Marianna, Florida, in Jackson County. Located in the Florida Panhandle, 70 miles west of Tallahassee, 60 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, and about 30 miles from South Alabama, Chipola was established as the third oldest of Florida's 28 community colleges. The college campus is on a 120-acre tract near the Chipola River. Its 30 buildings are surrounded by pines, cedars, and hardwoods.</p> <p>The name was changed from Chipola Junior College in 2003 after the Florida Legislature granted permission for Chipola to offer baccalaureate degrees to address local workforce needs. Chipola was recently named a State College of Florida as one of 14 community colleges which offer 4-year degrees along with 2-year degrees and certificates of training in career-technical fields.</p> <p>The college serves over 3,000 students annually in its regular degree and certificate programs and an additional 2,000 in non-credit training each year. The college was accredited in 1957 by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and has maintained continuous accreditation since that time. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was 2008.</p> <p>Chipola College is known for the following:</p> <ul> <li>Classes taught by professional faculty with excellent credentials;</li> <li>Training programs which help students prepare for high-paying jobs;</li> <li>Financial aid packages which provide scholarships and/or Federal grants and loans for most students;</li> <li>One-on-one advising sessions with professionals who help students make educational and career plans;</li> <li>Student-oriented atmosphere of support and helpful assistance by faculty and staff;</li> <li>Free tutoring for all students in the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE);</li> <li>Excellent facilities equipped with state-of-the-art technology;</li> <li>A newly renovated Student Center where students can relax and meet friends;</li> <li>Nationally recognized chapters of Phi Theta Kappa and Phi Beta Lambda;</li> <li>High enrollment of Bright Futures Scholars and Honors program students;</li> <li>Award winning fine and performing arts programs;</li> <li>Athletics teams which regularly win state championships and advance to national finals competition;</li> <li>Student activities scheduled to support a commuting student population.</li> </ul> <h2>Chipola College Mission</h2> <p>Chipola College is a comprehensive, public college whose mission is to provide accessible, affordable, quality educational opportunities to the residents of Calhoun, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty, and Washington counties and to all others who choose to attend. The college creates a student-oriented atmosphere of educational excellence and maintains an intellectual environment which inspires the full development of each individual's goals, abilities, and interests. Because there is no substitute for quality instruction, the college empowers faculty members to establish and achieve the highest possible standards. The college also promotes a strong working relationship with communities, businesses, state agencies, and other educational institutions. </p> <p>Chipola provides the following:</p> <ul> <li>Educational programs which include general and pre-professional classes leading to the Associate in Arts degree for transfer into baccalaureate degree programs;</li> <li>Selected Baccalaureate degree programs which produce educated and capable professionals;</li> <li>Workforce Development programs leading to Associate in Science degrees and Certificates of Training to prepare students for careers;</li> <li>Continuing Education programs related to professional and personal development; and</li> <li>A broad range of enrollment and student services and instructional and administrative support to facilitate student success.</li> </ul> <p style="text-align:right">--Chipola College Mission</p> <p><em>"Chipola college promotes learning and student achievement through excellence, opportunity, diversity, and progress."</em></p> <p style="text-align:right">--Chipola College Vision</p> <p><em>Change Your Life at Chipola College!</em></p>
<h2>Academics</h2> <p>FAMU has eight fully-funded endowed eminent scholars chairs including two in School of Journalism and Graphic Communications, four in the School of Business & Industry, one in the College of Education, one in Arts and Sciences, and one in its School of Pharmacy.</p> The university offers 62 bachelor's degrees in 103 majors/tracks. 38 master's degrees with 56 majors/tracks are offered within eleven of the university's 13 schools and colleges. Two professional degrees and eleven PhD degree programs are offered.</p> <h3>Accreditation</h3> <p>Florida A&M University is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) since 1935.</p> <h3>College of Law</h3> <p>The College of Law occupies its own 160,000-square-foot building at 201 Beggs Avenue in downtown Orlando. The four-story building was designed by Rhodes+Brito Architects of Orlando. The new building opened to students in 2005. Of the 1,807 who applied to the school in 2009, 630 were accepted and 234 enrolled. Seventy-seven percent of the entering class are Florida residents, and 42% are non-minority students. The mean LSAT score of the 2009 entering class was 146.</p> <h3>College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences</h3> <p>The School of Pharmacy was organized in 1951. It received its present name in 1985 in recognition of the expanded role and mission of the college in professional and graduate education. It is now one of the largest colleges of pharmacy in the country. It offers a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree (Pharmacy Doctorate) and also a PhD program in Pharmacy. The fall Pharmacy Doctorate enrollment was 1,068, and FAMU has produced over 20% of the nation's African-American pharmacists. The Pharmacy School in 2009–2010 graduate student enrollment is 122, with 42 PhDs, 21 Doctor of Pharmacy, 45 MPH, and 14 MS candidates. The school has graduated over 60% of African-American PhDs in pharmaceutical sciences, since 1990. In 2003 it was ranked third in the nation for research funding through the National Institute of Health and consistently ranks as one of the top funded pharmacy school in the southeast.] It is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) through June 30, 2010.</p> <h3>FAMU/FSU College of Engineering</h3> <p>In its brief but impressive history, the College of Engineering has become one of the premier learning centers of its kind. Since it opened its doors in 1982, the college has grown to a wide range of bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs that span seven disciplines in five departments.</p> <p>The College of Engineering was established as a joint program serving two universities in Tallahassee, Florida: The Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, a historically black college, which received national recognition as the College of the Year in 1998 by Time Magazine and the Princeton Review for minority enrollment and academic excellence, and The Florida State University, a Research 1 Carnegie institution with worldwide recognition for its extensive graduate and research programs.</p> <p>The FAMU-FSU College of Engineering has been widely hailed for taking the initiative to create programs to align academic curriculum with industry needs. The College ensures that the students learn what they need to learn through quality teaching and research. All programs offered by the College have been accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).</p> <p>Our primary goal is to provide a challenging and educational experience for our students that enables them to become effective engineering professionals in an increasingly technological society, one in which the demand for their services already exceeds supply.</p> <h2>Research</h2> <p>FAMU’s annual research funding currently exceeds $54 million. Research is funded by grants from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. For 2007-2008, the largest source of funds was $15.1 million from the US Department of Education, followed by $6.1 million from the Department of Agriculture (most of which is allocated to FAMU by virtue of it being a land grant university.) FAMU's two largest research areas are agriculture and heath sciences. The Pharmacy College's research funding for 2009-2010 is $22.5 million ($21.0 million in federal, $1.1 million in state support, and from $325,046 private industry support) with over $37,301,715 committed through 2012.</p>
<p>The Florida State University is one of the nation's elite research universities, internationally renowned in the humanities and the sciences. It provides a distinctive academic environment built on its values and unique heritage, welcoming campus, championship athletics and prime location in the heart of the state capital. With an operating budget exceeding $1 billion, it offers more than 300 undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in 15 colleges to more than 40,000 students and employs more than 6,000 faculty and staff. Florida State's history dates to 1851, when Francis Eppes, grandson of Thomas Jefferson, helped bring higher education to western Florida by leading the drive to build the Seminary West of the Suwannee in Tallahassee. Today's Florida State University, a direct descendant and the oldest continuous site of higher education in the state, is one of the senior members of the 11-university state system in Florida. Whether through outstanding interdisciplinary institutes and centers, world-famous programs in the arts, highly regarded study abroad sites or a service-learning mission that is a model for the nation, Florida State provides unmatched opportunities for students and faculty through challenging academics, cultural discovery and community interaction.</p>
<p>Serving the community for over 50 years, Gulf Coast Community College was the first public two-year institution to open after the 1957 Florida Legislature established a statewide network of community colleges. GCCC is a comprehensive two-year community college and is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Our general studies courses are transferable to nearly every accredited college in the country. We strive to continually meet the educational needs of our community by offering:</p> <ul> <li> University Parallel Programs <ul><li>74 pre-baccalaureate programs</li></ul> </li> <li> Workforce Education Programs <ul> <li>9 Associate in Science Degree Programs</li> <li>21 Associate in Applied Science Degree Programs</li> <li>12 Technical Certificate Programs</li> <li>11 Vocational Credit Certificate Programs</li> <li>Workforce Development Programs</li> </ul> </li> <li> Adult Basic Education Programs <ul> <li>GED Preparation Program</li> <li>ESOL Program (English as a Second Language)</li> </ul> </li> <li>Continuing Education Programs</li> <li>Educator Preparation Institute</li> </ul> <p>High school students have the opportunity to take college level classes through dual enrollment and dual credit for free. GCCC has maintained the highest dual enrollment numbers in Florida for the past two consecutive years (as reported in 2009-03 edition of Zoom published by The Florida College System). GCCC also had the highest participation rates for Hispanic and black students. The College was also the only college where the dual enrolled participation rate for Hispanics surpassed that of white students (54.3 percent versus 51.6 percent).</p> <p>The College serves the community with its award-winning library, outstanding men’s and women’s athletics programs, a culinary program that boasts a full kitchen classroom and a French restaurant, and a renowned fine arts program.</p> <p>GCCC has an enrollment of more than 13,000 credit, noncredit, workforce, and continuing education students and employs 384 full-time faculty and staff and 313 part-time faculty and staff.</p>
<p>North Florida Community College is located on 165 acres of beautiful wooded property in Madison, Florida, and is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to offer associate degrees and career/technical certificates. The NFCC service district includes Hamilton, Jefferson, Lafayette, Madison, Suwannee, and Taylor counties, but students from other counties, states, and countries attend the College to pursue educational and career goals. NFCC is a vibrant educational community offering a student-centered faculty and staff who embrace diversity in a friendly and inclusive learning environment. Students can expect quality, affordable, accessible, and technologically advanced programs designed to facilitate transition to further educational opportunities and/or the world of work.</p> <p>In addition to the Associate in Arts degree, the College offers Associate in Science degrees in Business Administration and Management; Emergency Medical Services; Networking Technology; and Nursing. Associate in Applied Science programs in Criminal Justice Officer Administration and Early Childhood Education are also available. Career and technical certificate fields of study include allied health (patient care technician and practical nursing); administrative assistant; architectural drafting; mechanical drafting; early childhood education; networking technology; law enforcement; corrections; emergency medical technician; and paramedic. In addition, the College provides a variety of continuing workforce education opportunities and a smorgasbord of non-credit community education offerings.</p>
<p>As part of Florida's network of public state colleges, NWFSC offers postsecondary education opportunities to nearly 17,000 students annually. Located in the coastal heart of Northwest Florida, the college has earned a reputation for educational excellence and community involvement in its 47-year history. In addition to a 264 acre campus in Niceville, NWFSC operates a joint campus with the University of West Florida in Fort Walton Beach, the Chautauqua Center in DeFuniak Springs, the Robert L.F. Sikes Education Center in Crestview, the South Walton Center in Santa Rosa Beach and full-time centers at Eglin AFB and Hurlburt Field.</p> <p>In 2008, the Florida Legislature passed the State College Bill to maximize student access to baccalaureate degrees, respond to community needs for postsecondary education, and provide the degrees that best meet Florida's employment needs. The state colleges are eligible to expand more easily the number of bachelor's degree programs they offer so more students in Florida will be able to access higher education degrees, especially in academic areas where the demand for educated workers is exceeding the supply. These baccalaureate programs are more affordable and cost-effective than those at the state university level. The college currently offers baccalaureate programs in Project Management, Nursing, Elementary Education, Middle Grades Math Education and Middle Grades Science Education. While the mission of the institution has expanded, NWFSC continues its long-standing commitment to open-door admissions, associate degree programs, adult education, certificate programs, and affordable tuition.</p> <p>Throughout the college's history, NWFSC has maintained a consistent record of education excellence. The median grade point average for NWFSC students who transfer to the State University System consistently ranks among the top five in the state. NWFSC professors have been recognized with numerous state and national level awards for instructional excellence. The college's Forensics Debate team has achieved numerous state and national championships. NWFSC students and student athletes are also consistently named to the All-Florida Academic Teams.</p> <p>In addition to a record of regional and national accolades, NWFSC offers state-of-the-art student computer labs, a top-rated sports complex, a full program of intercollegiate and intramural sports, an ROTC program, a child development center, and a criminal justice training center. The 120,000 square foot Mattie Kelly Fine and Performing Arts Center on the Niceville Campus provides students the finest in instructional facilities for dance, music, theater, the visual arts and the humanities.</p>
<p>Located on Florida's beautiful Gulf Coast, Pensacola State College is a comprehensive college dedicated to providing exceptional programs and services to a diverse student population.</p> <p>Pensacola State College is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and for 62 years has been a leader among community colleges in Florida and the nation. Pensacola State College continues to set the pace for innovation, academic excellence and instructional technology.</p> <p>The College enrolls more than 30,000 full- and part-time students on three campuses, one Downtown Center and more than 30 off-campus sites. The College will soon break ground on the new South Santa Rosa Center with buildings that are LEED silver certified, exceeding state energy standards.</p> <p>Pensacola State College is dedicated to preparing students for success. The College offers more than 100 programs leading to certificates of proficiency, the Associate of Science, Associate of Applied Science and Associate of Arts degrees. Beginning January 2011, Pensacola State College will also offer a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Administration and Supervision.</p> <p>Pensacola State College is nationally recognized. The College placed in the Top 100 colleges in the nation as a producer of associate degrees. The College also ranks No. 1 among Florida's 28 community/state colleges in retention of AA degree students.</p> <p>Pensacola State College is proud of its state-of-the-art facilities, including the Edward M. Chadbourne Library and the Hobbs Center for Teaching Excellence. Both facilities boast a Technology Enabled Active Learning Center. The Mary Ekdahl Smart Center for Patient Simulation Training & Research on the Warrington Campus has received national acclaim for its cutting-edge technology.</p> <p>A well-rounded college experience is essential. Pensacola State College provides leadership, fellowship and service opportunities for its student body. Throughout the year, Pensacola State College students participate in more than 65 student organizations and 40 sports activities, many that involve students in community-service projects.</p> <p>Pensacola State College is also host to the Veterans Upward Bound Program, an initiative sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. The program provides a variety of services to veterans free of charge - including educational assistance with pre-college and GED courses for entry into higher education, textbooks, supplies and a monthly stipend.</p> <p>Pensacola State College is first in first-rate academic programs, first in affordable tuition, first in a first-class faculty and first with flexible schedules and online classes.</p> <p>Choose Pensacola State College first and be ready for what comes next.</p>
<p>Tallahassee Community College is one of the nation’s top community colleges, and offers all the excitement and intellectual stimulation of a mid-size college—with the individual attention that comes from small classes and caring faculty. At TCC, students receive a great education at an affordable cost. Our students are serious about their education–and about making an impact after graduation. TCC’s supportive atmosphere will give you the confidence you need to achieve your academic and career goals.</p> <p>More than 14,000 students enroll in college-credit courses at TCC each semester. Community College Week ranks TCC 15th among two-year institutions nationwide in the number of associate degrees awarded. Additionally, TCC ranks 11th in the number of degrees awarded to African-Americans.</p> <p>The faculty—rated twice the national average in doctoral degrees and years of experience—provides a strong foundation for students moving on to Florida State University, Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University and other four-year institutions. Nearly 75 percent of our Associate in Arts graduates transfer into the State University System within a year, the highest percentage among Florida’s community colleges.</p> <p>Tallahassee Community College is committed to providing an educational experience based on the highest academic and professional standards. The learning environment is focused on success and designed to meet the diverse needs of students. Individualized electronic learning plans help each student reach his or her academic and career goals.</p> <p>The College offers degree, certificate and workforce training programs in a wide range of career fields, including health care, business and management, information technology, criminal justice and public safety, early childhood education, engineering technology and many more.</p>
<p>The University of West Florida, with campuses in Pensacola and along the Emerald Coast of Northwest Florida, is one of the region's prized resources. UWF, established in 1963, is one of 11 public universities in Florida. Well known for its small class sizes, individualized learning experiences and student interaction with faculty, the university offers bachelor's and master's degrees, including numerous on-line programs, in the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business and Professional Studies, as well as education specialist's degrees and a doctorate in education.</p> <p>Enrollment on all UWF campuses now numbers more than 11,000 students. UWF is recognized as a Best College in the Southeast by The Princeton Review and one of the best colleges to work for by the Chronicle of Higher Education. The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.</p> <p>UWF athletic teams are a major force in NCAA Division II competition. The Argonauts have won 54 Gulf South Conference Championships since 1994 in such sports as baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball and are proudly "building champions for life." Men's golf and tennis teams each have captured two national championships.</p> <p>One of UWF's most acclaimed features is its beautiful main campus, a 1,600-acre nature preserve. Self-guided walks through the campus woodlands provide glimpses of birds, raccoons, rabbits and other native wildlife.</p> <p>Among the university's most recent facility additions is its stunning, new School of Science and Engineering Building, which opened spring 2010. Heritage Hall, a modern student residence building with capacity for 250, will provide additional on-campus living options fall 2010. A new Health and Wellness Center is expected to open spring 2011.</p> <p>Campus tours begin at the UWF Admissions Office in Hopkins Hall at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. each weekday. Campus maps, visitor parking information and event details are available at the UWF Welcome Center. Call 850-474-3000 or visit <a href="http://uwf.edu/">uwf.edu</a>.</p>