Former senator: Crestview's No. 4 College Town ranking 'remarkable' (BROCHURE)

Published: Saturday, November 30, 2013 at 05:32 PM.

In addition to bringing the Florida International University physician assistant program to Crestview, Peaden is responsible for the Florida Agriculture and Mathematics University's Pharmacy School in downtown Crestview.

With satellites, the pharmacy school and Embry-Riddle allow college students to interact with main campuses in larger cities.

This type of technology puts Crestview and Okaloosa County "ahead of the curve," Peaden said. "With this type of technology, you don't have to go to Gainesville or Tallahassee; you got the prime source here."

Although there are several Embry-Riddle campuses in Okaloosa County, including Hurlburt Field and Eglin Air Force Base, Crestview's campus holds a certain standing, Embry-Riddle representative Ron Garriga said.

"Crestview has the highest percentage of projected enrollment out of all the 150 (Embry-Riddle) satellite campuses, both domestically and abroad," he said.

The success is due to the good working relationship between the university and area aeronautical-related employers, which provide financial assistance to Embry-Riddle students, Garriga said.

Peaden said he hopes to add more collegiate opportunities to Crestview soon. He said giving residents more opportunities for higher education is beneficial to city growth.

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