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Eastern Florida State College
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A VISIONARY COURSE
DR. JIM RICHEY IS LEADING
EFSC INTO THE FUTURE
Eastern Florida State College has been central to life on the Space
Coast for more than a half century, educating generations of students
who have contributed to the community’s success.
In early 2012, the college named Dr. Jim Richey as president and he
immediately undertook a plan to take Eastern Florida into a new era of
Today, five years later, Richey’s vision and leadership have transformed
the college into a dynamic force for education in Florida with a
wealth of new degrees for students in fast-growing career fields.
In the process, Eastern Florida has become nationally recognized for
student success and a key player in powering economic development in
Brevard County and the Central Florida region.
“I wake up every day focused on one thing − providing students with
excellent educational opportunities that can help them find great jobs after
graduation,” said Richey.
“That means starting new academic programs in close cooperation
with the private sector and building new state-of-the-art facilities on our
campuses to foster a rich learning environment.”
“Everywhere you turn, we have exciting new initiatives underway to
better serve our students and the Space Coast now and in the years ahead.”
The college’s Board of Trustees has played an equally important role
in the advances, strongly supporting Richey’s changes and advocating for
Below: Dr. Jim Richey
presents a graduate
with her diploma;
students and faculty
enjoy a rich learning
environment at the
“Our promise to the residents of Brevard County and Eastern Florida is a
commitment to excellence every day, and it’s a promise that we will keep
as the college continues growing in the years ahead.” – DR. JIM RICHEY
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“Dr. Richey’s leadership is taking
the college to unprecedented heights,”
said Board of Trustee’s Chair, Moses
Harvin, Sr. “The college and our entire
community is fortunate to have him at
The accomplishments are many:
• The college has not raised tuition for
five straight years, a record that most
colleges around the nation cannot
That has led to Eastern Florida’s
ranking as one of the most affordable
colleges in the nation.
• Under President Richey’s direction,
the college has started 40 new
academic programs, with nearly all of
them in the fast-growth career fields of
Business, Health Care and Computer
They include highly popular Bachelor’s
Degree tracks − the first in the
college’s history − that will total 17
• The college is also making a major
investment in new and upgraded facilities
across the college’s four campuses
in Titusville, Cocoa, Melbourne and
Among the construction have been
new buildings for Public Safety and
Health Sciences with others planned
for Technology Education.
• Richey has led the way in providing
specialized services to help students,
including a Career Center that has provided
training to 53,000 students to
help prepare them for the job market
Other services include a Military
and Veterans Service Center that aids
student veterans and a Core Scholar
Program that offers extensive coaching
Taken together, and thanks to the
college’s outstanding faculty and staff,
Eastern Florida is consistently ranked
among the top colleges out of 1,200
state and community colleges in the
Eastern Florida gets high marks
for affordability, quality of instruction,
student support and degrees awarded.
“Our promise to the residents of
Brevard County and Eastern Florida is
a commitment to excellence every day,
and it’s a promise that we will keep as
the college continues growing in the
years ahead,” said Richey. n
To learn more, visit easternflorida.edu
Charting a Visionary
Launching Exciting New
Vibrant Student Life............8
Below and right: Science programs are a major focus of study at EFSC; student
athletes take the field at the Titan Athletic Complex.
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EXCITING NEW CAREERS
COLLEGE OFFERS WEALTH OF NEW DEGREES
AND ONLINE LEARNING OPTIONS
Above: A new Aviation
Center at Melbourne
International Airport is
as mechanics and
For Crystal Watkins, it meant “convenient classes and kick-starting
my career as a physician’s assistant.”
For James Shirley, it meant programs “that make it a lot more
affordable for students to return to college, including veterans like me.”
And for Erika Ross-Murray, it meant “a major plus for my career that
will give me a lot more options in the future.”
All three students earned their Bachelor’s Degrees from Eastern
Florida State College, opening the door to better careers and better lives.
They are among thousands of students benefiting from 40 new programs
the college has begun since 2013, including Bachelor’s Degrees,
Associate Degrees and College Certificates.
Ramping up the programs has been among the top priorities for college
President Dr. Jim Richey, with more programs started during the past
four years than any similar time in the college’s history.
The result is putting students in strong positions for job opportunities
in fields such as Business, Health Care and Computer Technologies, the
areas where most of the new programs are focused.
That reflects the workforce needs of business and industry in Brevard
County, Central Florida and Florida, creating a pipeline of skilled employees
to help companies grow and prosper.
“Our new Bachelor and Associate Degree tracks are giving students
an excellent chance to select great careers and they’re seizing the opportunity,”
“The programs allow them to build classes around their busy schedules
by taking courses on campus or online, with online especially appealing
to working adults juggling jobs and families.”
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The burst in programs is best seen in the Bachelor’s Degree tracks.
A total of 17 will be offered this year with about 1,600 students enrolled,
a typical number for each of the spring and fall terms.
That shows the four-year degrees are meeting a critical need for educational
and career advancement that would otherwise not exist for many
Similarly, new Associate Degree programs offer more options with
graduates having the ability to transfer seamlessly into the corresponding
Bachelor Degree track.
Online learning is also expanding quickly.
The college offers several Bachelor’s and Associate
Degrees fully online, while offering Eastern Florida students the
opportunity to choose from over 250 online courses.
The payoffs for students earning a new degree is substantial,
according to an EFSC economic impact study.
The report found that Associate Degree graduates will
earn an average $43,100 annually during their careers, while
Bachelor’s Degree graduates will earn $61,800 on average.
Still more new degrees are planned, including a Bachelor’s
Degree in Nursing in 2018 that will help meet a critical nursing shortage
in Brevard and Central Florida.
Also, new agreements with the University of Central Florida and
Florida Tech fast-track Eastern Florida students into Bachelor Degree programs
in Engineering at UCF and MBAs at FIT.
“We’re constantly looking at fields where creating new programs
would help students get a rewarding job and give businesses the highly
trained employees they need,” said Richey.
“That’s vitally important in today’s rapidly changing global economy,
and why students and the community can look forward to more new opportunities
to come.” n
Above: The Career
Center helped prepare
53,000 students for the
To learn more, visit easternflorida.edu/academics
Below: Many of EFSC’s 40 new programs are in Health Care; Bachelor and Associate Degree graduates
celebrate their success.
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EFSC MAKING MAJOR INVESTMENT IN
NEW AND RENOVATED BUILDINGS
The face of Eastern Florida State College
New buildings are rising, others are
under renovation and plans call for the building
boom to continue throughout this decade
It’s part of a major plan to provide students
and faculty with state-of-the-art educational
facilities to help propel them and the community
forward well into the 21st century.
“The new buildings and other projects reflect
our determination to make Eastern Florida
stand out among colleges in Florida and the nation,”
said college President Dr. Jim Richey.
“We’re creating a place where students can
excel by utilizing computer labs, medical simulation
rooms and other cutting-edge training
resources on par with the best in the country.”
Much of the work is centered on the
Melbourne campus, which was selected for
major expansion because of its proximity to
rapid growth in the medical, high-tech and
business sectors in South Brevard.
At least five buildings are planned
with some completed and work on others
• In 2015, a new Public Safety Institute opened
that trains law enforcement officers, corrections
officers, EMTs and others in criminal justice
Above: A new Health Sciences Institute opened in January on the Melbourne campus with state-of-the-art
labs and medical equipment.
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• In January, a new Health Sciences Institute opened with 10 highly specialized
labs and room to house a dozen medical programs that include
• This summer, ground will be broken on a new Student Union that will
serve as a hub for student activities and a gateway to the campus’ expansive
• The college also plans to construct a new Center for Innovative
Technology Education building that would tailor technology and other
programs to train students for local industries.
• The first ever Student Housing is also on the horizon, which will provide
students a place to live and study.
The impressive growth is visible on other campuses as well.
A new Fire Training Center on the Palm Bay campus includes a multistory
rescue tower and other facilities for training firefighters for all 13
Brevard County cities and Brevard Fire-Rescue.
On the Cocoa campus, a new Advanced Manufacturing Center is educating
skilled workers for high-tech firms ranging from small companies
to large commercial space firms at Kennedy Space Center.
And at Melbourne International Airport, a new Aviation Center is
training technicians and mechanics for the airport’s thriving commercial
Meanwhile, libraries, classrooms, computer centers, auditoriums and
other facilities have been remodeled with more in line for upgrades.
“The projects completed thus far speak to
the significant strides the college is making in
every area,” said Richey.
“I hope people stop by and see the results
of our work, which could not happen without
the strong support of the community for which
we are very grateful.” n
Fire Training Center,
Palm Bay Campus
To learn more, visit easternflorida.edu/our-campuses
Left and below: Students excel in the college’s new
classrooms, computer labs and public safety facilities.
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REWARDING COLLEGIATE EXPERIENCE
AWAITS ON FOUR CAMPUSES
nterested in clubs, theater and foreign cultures?
Eastern Florida State College has it covered.
Want to see some of the best college athletes
in the nation play?
They’ve got that too.
How about a hands-on look at real world
problems right in your backyard?
Those are among the many ways that students
at Eastern Florida State College can get
involved and experience a rewarding collegiate
life outside the classroom.
And have some fun, too.
The array of choices includes more than 60
clubs across the Titusville, Cocoa, Melbourne
and Palm Bay campuses with topics as diverse
as the student body.
There are clubs and organizations engaged
in the arts, environment, psychology, computer
programming, student government and even
Japanese culture to name just a few.
“What students learn outside of class can
be just as vital as what they learn inside class,”
said college President Dr. Jim Richey. “It’s another
reason Eastern Florida is special.”
The college is also especially proud of
the Eastern Florida athletic teams that play at
the Titan Athletic Complex on the Melbourne
There are new facilities for soccer, tennis,
and women’s softball, and upgraded facilities
for baseball, basketball and volleyball.
The 11 Titan teams play in the NJCAA
and have nationally ranked teams in men’s and
women’s soccer, men’s and women’s basketball
and men’s golf.
Above: Inviting campuses in Titusville, Cocoa, Melbourne and Palm Bay await students.
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This page: A host
of student activities
Many of their games are broadcast
on WEFS-TV and livestreamed on the
college’s sports website so students
can catch the action at their fingertips.
“The quality of our athletes, facilities
and competition gives us a big college
feel,” said Richey. “It’s great to
see students and fans filling the stands
and cheering for the Titans”
Students are also cheering for
The Center for Service−Learning
and Civic Engagement that gives them
a chance to volunteer with local organizations and receive credit for their
More than 4,200 students participated last year, contributing about
190,000 hours of community service with 350 partner organizations and
agencies in Brevard County.
“There is no better example of who we are at
Eastern Florida than using community service to
teach students to use their abilities to look beyond
themselves and toward the greater good of the community
in which they live,” said Richey.
The program is recognized as among the best in
the nation and has been named to the White House’s
Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
nine straight years.
In all, more than 80,000 students have contributed
about 3 million hours of community service since
the program began in 1988, showing the college’s
deep reach into the community. n
To learn more, visit easternflorida.edu/student-life
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GROWING EFSC FOUNDATION
PROVIDING MORE STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS
through the EFSC
Foundation make a
critical difference in
helping students attend
college and achieve
The future of our community looks like Rachel Williams.
A mother of four, she and her husband struggled to get by on
one income as she stayed home with her children and put in more
hard work pursuing a dream:
Studying at Eastern Florida State College to become a teacher.
A scholarship through the Eastern Florida State College Foundation
is helping make that happen, opening a door for Williams that otherwise
might have slammed shut.
“The scholarship is a much needed and greatly appreciated godsend,
and has become essential in my goal to one day become a teacher,” she
“I can think of no higher calling than to help mold our children into
the successful adult citizens they have the potential to become. I thank
the Foundation for its generosity.”
Williams is among hundreds of students receiving scholarships from
the Foundation as it undertakes new efforts to expand its outreach even
The result is felt in the life of each recipient.
“I’m passionate about keeping college affordable and the Foundation’s
work is an essential part of making that possible at Eastern
Florida,” said college President Dr. Jim Richey.
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“It’s growing fast with ambitious plans to
gain more support from the community with
donors reaping the personal reward of knowing
they are making a real difference.”
The plans include the recent re-launching
of its Alumni Association during an event that
featured distinguished EFSC graduates such as
U.S. Congressman Bill Posey and other civic
There’s also a “Come Grow with Us” campaign
for the Titan Fund that recently exceeded
its goal to raise $50,000 for a new endowment.
The Foundation has awarded more than
$2.5 million in scholarships over the past five
years, with close to 500 students receiving aid
However, 2,500 students who needed assistance
applied, showing the scope of the
Every dollar donated goes to help students
such as Chantel Gallagher, who received funds
to pay for textbooks.
“If it wasn’t for that help, I don’t know
if I would have been able to afford all of the
tools necessary to earn my degree. I am deeply
grateful for the scholarship,” she said.
Then there’s Raquel Magalhaes, who said
a scholarship gave her an important emotional
“Having someone believe I deserve a
scholarship is really motivational. It has helped
me realize that all the work and effort I put into
learning is even more valuable than I thought,”
“I promise I will make this opportunity
count and do my best to make sure the Foundation
knows its choice was the right one.”
“If it wasn’t for (the Foundation’s) help, I don’t know if I
would have been able to afford all of the tools necessary
to earn my degree. I am deeply grateful for the
scholarship.” – CHANTEL GALLAGHER
A scholarship was also a game changer for
Natasha Diaz. “Nursing has always been my
dream. Now I can focus on my studies without
having to worry about a financial burden at the
end,” she said.
“Having someone believe I deserve a scholarship is
really motivational. It has helped me realize that all the
work and effort I put into learning is even more
valuable than I thought.” – RAQUEL MAGALHAES
“Thanks to the scholarship, I was able to
purchase supplemental books to aid in my
studies. It also provided me with funds for
Said Richey: “There are stories like these
for every scholarship awarded. That’s why a
donation of any size means so much, and why
we are asking for everyone’s help to fulfill the
dream of a college education.” n
To learn more, visit easternflorida.edu/foundation
Below, left to right: Scholarship recipients Rachel Williams, Carlo Canales, Charde Brown
MEET OUR TEAM
Dr. Jim Richey
Moses Harvin, Sr.
Board of Trustees
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Myra Igo Haley
Board of Trustees
Board of Trustees
Dr. Linda Miedema
Vice President Academic
and Student Affairs,
Chief Learning Officer
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