Pasco-Hernando Community College could get a new name and wants the public’s help choosing it.
The college is hoping to offer two new bachelor’s degree programs in August 2014, pending state approval and accreditation.
With that change on the horizon, PHCC could ditch its “community college” designation as other colleges have done across the state as they expanded their offerings beyond the traditional two-year degrees that are community college specialties.
A workgroup that includes PHCC administrators, faculty and staff has come up with four potential names, but the college also wants students, other college employees, alumni and community members to weigh in as well.
Names under consideration are College of Pasco-Hernando, Pasco-Hernando College, Pasco-Hernando State College and State College of Pasco-Hernando. To support one of those names, or to suggest a name not on the list, visit www.PHCC.edu/rename.
The deadline to submit a name is April 4.
“We’re very excited to hear what the community has to say and the names that might be submitted,” said Lucy Miller, the college’s director of marketing and communications.
The college’s board of trustees will have a final say.
PHCC plans to offer a bachelor of science degree in nursing and a bachelor of applied science in supervision and management beginning in the 2014-15 academic year.
To add those four-year degrees, though, it needs approval from the Division of Florida Colleges, the Florida Department of Education and PHCC’s accrediting agency, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
“It’s an arduous process moving through these agencies,” Miller said.
PHCC is one of 28 community colleges in the Florida College System. Just six still incorporate the word “community” in the college’s name. For example, Polk Community College became Polk State College in 2009.
Community colleges aren’t the only ones that change names.
Up until 1999, Saint Leo University was called Saint Leo College.
PHCC, which opened in 1972, marked its 40th anniversary last year.
The college has campuses in New Port Richey, Dade City, Brooksville and Spring Hill. A fifth campus is under construction in Wesley Chapel.