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EFSC YEARS CELEBRATING ACHIEVEMENTS 13

Eastern Florida State College

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CHARTING

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

higher education.

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

more improvements.

Below: Dr. Jim Richey

presents a graduate

with her diploma;

students and faculty

enjoy a rich learning

environment at the

college.

“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


EFSC YEARS CELEBRATING ACHIEVEMENTS 3

“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 helm.”

The accomplishments are many:

• The college has not raised tuition for

five straight years, a record that most

colleges around the nation cannot

match.

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

Technologies.

They include highly popular Bachelor’s

Degree tracks − the first in the

college’s history − that will total 17

this year.

• The college is also making a major

investment in new and upgraded facilities

across the college’s four campuses

in Titusville, Cocoa, Melbourne and

Palm Bay.

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

upon graduation.

Other services include a Military

and Veterans Service Center that aids

student veterans and a Core Scholar

Program that offers extensive coaching

and tutoring.

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

U.S.

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

CONTENTS

Charting a Visionary

Course.....................................2

Launching Exciting New

Careers....................................4

Building Boom

Underway................................6

Vibrant Student Life............8

Foundation for

Success.................................10

Below and right: Science programs are a major focus of study at EFSC; student

athletes take the field at the Titan Athletic Complex.


4 EFSC YEARS CELEBRATING ACHIEVEMENTS

LAUNCHING

EXCITING NEW CAREERS

COLLEGE OFFERS WEALTH OF NEW DEGREES

AND ONLINE LEARNING OPTIONS

Above: A new Aviation

Center at Melbourne

International Airport is

training students

as mechanics and

technicians for

aerospace fields.

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,”

said Richey.

“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.”


EFSC YEARS CELEBRATING ACHIEVEMENTS 5

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

Brevard residents.

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

job market.

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.


6 EFSC YEARS CELEBRATING ACHIEVEMENTS

BUILDING

BOOM UNDERWAY

EFSC MAKING MAJOR INVESTMENT IN

NEW AND RENOVATED BUILDINGS

The face of Eastern Florida State College

is changing.

New buildings are rising, others are

under renovation and plans call for the building

boom to continue throughout this decade

and beyond.

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

accelerating:

• In 2015, a new Public Safety Institute opened

that trains law enforcement officers, corrections

officers, EMTs and others in criminal justice

fields.

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

nursing.

• 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

new design.

• 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

aviation industry.

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

CONSTRUCTION

HIGHLIGHTS

• 2015

Public Safety

Institute, Melbourne

Campus

• 2015

Aviation Center,

Melbourne

International Airport

• 2016

Advanced

Manufacturing

Center, Cocoa

Campus

• 2016

Fire Training Center,

Palm Bay Campus

• 2017

Health Sciences

Institute, Melbourne

Campus

• 2018

Student Union,

Melbourne 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.


8 EFSC YEARS CELEBRATING ACHIEVEMENTS

VIBRANT

STUDENT LIFE

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?

Done.

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

Campus.

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.


EFSC YEARS CELEBRATING ACHIEVEMENTS 9

This page: A host

of student activities

include clubs,

organizations, arts,

athletics and

community service.

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

something else:

The Center for Service−Learning

and Civic Engagement that gives them

a chance to volunteer with local organizations and receive credit for their

work.

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


10 EFSC YEARS CELEBRATING ACHIEVEMENTS

FOUNDATION

FOR SUCCESS

GROWING EFSC FOUNDATION

PROVIDING MORE STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS

Below: Scholarships

through the EFSC

Foundation make a

critical difference in

helping students attend

college and achieve

their dreams.

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

said.

“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

more.

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

leaders.

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

last year.

However, 2,500 students who needed assistance

applied, showing the scope of the

Foundation’s challenge.

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

boost.

“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,”

she said.

“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

transportation.”

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

President

Moses Harvin, Sr.

Board of Trustees

Chair

Alan Landman

Board of Trustees

Vice Chair

Dewey Harris

Board of Trustees

Myra Igo Haley

Board of Trustees

Ronald Howse

Board of Trustees

Dr. Linda Miedema

Vice President Academic

and Student Affairs,

Chief Learning Officer

Richard Laird

Vice President

Operations

Jack Parker

Vice President

External Affairs

3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne, Florida 32935

(321) 632-1111 • easternflorida.edu

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