By Gary Nager
Wow, assistant editor & Neighborhood News photographer Matt Wiley and I were overwhelmed by our recent tour of what is still today called Pasco Hernando Community College (PHCC)’s Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch. However, as explained to us by high-energy Provost Stanley Giannet, Ph.D., the brand-spankin’-new campus located off S.R. 56 at Mansfield Blvd. will soon officially have a new name — as will all five PHCC campuses.
Although classes began Jan. 13, or just after we went to press with this issue, Dr. Giannet says the beautiful, 60-acre campus will unveil its new sign and new name — Pasco Hernando State College, Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch — during a public ceremony on Wednesday, January 22, 9 a.m., following a vote at the Jan. 21 Board of Trustees meeting to finally approve the change.
All I can tell you is that the campus is beautiful, functional, state-of-the-art in terms of technology and, as Dr. Giannet says, it will be, “part of the community. We may change our name to Pasco Hernando State College, but our commitment to the local community won’t change.”
At our press time, PHCC-Porter already had 1,500 students enrolled, all 50 faculty and staff members hired and the campus will be home to the first-ever four-year degrees — Bachelors of Science in Nursing and Applied Sciences — offered by the new state college. From its biology lab equipped with technologically advanced models of the human heart, lungs, brain and more, and nursing “classrooms” designed to look like hospitals, complete with “working” simulated human patients (“sims”), Dr. Giannet promises that the new college will prepare students for rewarding careers in many science- and business-related fields. For more info, visit PHCC.edu.