On July 1st, Polk Community College officially became Polk State College. The name change reflects the addition of baccalaureate offers at the college. The changed name and added opportunities are very exciting for students, faculty and PSC’s District Board of Trustees. The new chapter at PSC began last June when the State Legislature passed a bill establishing the State College Pilot Project for nine community colleges, including Polk State College.

According to PSC President, Eileen Holden, the name change and degree program shows that Polk Community College has added opportunities. Even with the added educational opportunities, she insisted that the college’s primary mission of providing two-year, employment focused degrees remains the same.

The college will begin offering classes for the four-year degree program in January 2010. The new bachelor of applied science supervision and management program has three areas of concentration. The concentrations are: business administration, public administration, and public safety administration/management.

These degrees gives students the opportunity to become anything from business operations specialists to firefighters.

Students and faculty going to Polk State College, may consider living in one of the Highland Homes communities near the campuses. The Polk County new homes are affordable for someone looking to move closer to the college. Special incentives are being offered at each of the Highland Homes communities in the Polk county area. Students and faculty don’t have to worry about renting an apartment which has been used and abused by it’s previous owners, instead they can live in a brand new home.