Breaking Tampa Bay, Florida and national news and weather from Tampa Bay Online and The Tampa Tribune |
Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014
Pasco Tribune

Class is in session at PHCC’s new campus


WESLEY CHAPEL — Students descended on the new Pasco-Hernando Community College campus in Wesley Chapel this week as classes began for the spring semester.

The Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch remains partially under construction, but the classrooms, bookstore and other amenities were ready Monday for the roughly 1,400 students who registered to take classes on the campus, which is the fifth for the community college.

The 60-acre Wesley Chapel campus is on Mansfield Boulevard, next to Wiregrass Ranch High School, and includes six buildings. Four of those are connected and sit atop a multilevel parking garage that has nearly 500 spaces.

The campus also has an overflow parking lot with about 300 spaces.

The 116,000-square-foot facility features 10 classrooms, four computer labs, four science labs, eight health labs, a library, a college store and a conference center.

The addition of the Porter Campus is just one of the changes PHCC is experiencing in 2014. This month, the college is set to change its name to Pasco-Hernando State College to reflect that it is adding two bachelor’s degree programs to its traditional community college degree offerings.