Chancellor speaks to college trustees


SPECIAL TO THE NEWS BULLETIN Florida College System Chancellor Randall Hanna (standing) speaks to the Northwest Florida State College board of trustees.

Published: Friday, September 28, 2012 at 06:42 PM.

NICEVILLE — Randall Hanna, the chancellor of the Division of Florida Colleges for the state’s Department of Education, was a guest at the Sept. 25 business meeting of the trustee board of Northwest Florida State College. Hanna met with trustees as part of his regular schedule to visit all Florida’s 28 state and community colleges.

Chancellor Hanna spoke to trustees and the audience at the start of the meeting about the uniqueness and success of Florida’s system of 28 community and state colleges, which is the third largest system in the nation and the second largest producer of associate degrees in the U.S.

In addition, it was noted that Florida's 28 state and community colleges remain the primary point of access to higher education in Florida, with 65 percent of the state's high school graduates pursuing postsecondary education beginning at a Florida college, and 82 percent of freshman and sophomore minority students in public higher education attending one of Florida's 28 colleges.

The chancellor also noted various NWFSC achievement in recent years, including the 100 percent passing rate of nursing students on state licensure exams, the consistent top academic ranking in Florida for the NWFSC Collegiate High School, and the high percentage (66 percent) of NWFSC graduates who go on to enroll in a Florida university, among other accolades.

Additionally, Hanna presented trustees with notification of three donations totaling $19,692 made possible through various corporate and matching gift programs administered by the Florida College System Foundation. Funds included $11,077.05 in Florida Blue (formerly BlueCross/BlueShield) scholarship funds. Like last year, the NWFSC Foundation will use the Florida Blue funds to reimburse NWFSC allied health students' exam and certification fees — a measure that helps ensure allied health graduates are employment ready.

Hanna also presented $4,837 from the Helios Foundation to support First Generation in College students, with preference given to students who are preparing for a career in education with the intent to become a teacher in Florida. A $3,778.64 Dream Makers scholarship fund donation for additional support of First Generation in College students to cover, tuition, books, fees, and childcare was also announced.

During the business meeting, NWFSC trustees, acting as the governing board for both the Collegiate High School and the college approved a variety of measures, including:

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