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Tallahassee Community College
444 Appleyard Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32304
Nondiscrimination Policy: Tallahassee Community College does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, genetic information, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability or age in its programs and activities. Inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies may be directed to:
Renae Tolson, Equity Officer
Room 239 Administration Building
444 Appleyard Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32304-2895
Drug-free Campus: It is the policy of TCC to maintain a drug-free campus. Smoking is permitted in designated areas only. The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession or use of controlled substances is prohibited. Any violation of this policy will result in discipline up to and including dismissal, as well as referral for prosecution to local law enforcement officials. For information, refer to the Student Code of Conduct in the Student Handbook.
Smoking Policy: All facilities (buildings and grounds) owned or operated by TCC are designated as nonsmoking areas unless indicated otherwise. Faculty, staff, students and visitors who choose to use tobacco products or electronic cigarettes may do so only in areas designated for smoking. It is the responsibility of the individual to properly dispose of tobacco waste products (cigarette remnants, etc.).
This policy includes all tobacco products, including smokeless tobacco and products that simulate smoking.
Police/Campus Safety: TCC’s Campus Police Department is located in the Centre Building. Students can find campus crime statistics on the TCC website at tcc.fl.edu.
Message from the President
I am delighted to welcome all our new and returning students to Tallahassee Community College. We look forward to helping you achieve your academic and career goals.
Although success means something different to each of us, the first step toward success is always setting a goal and making a plan to achieve it. Whether you aspire to transfer to a four-year university or to prepare for immediate entry into a career, TCC offers many services and a wide range of support to help you get you where you want to go.
Some of the best advice I can give you is to meet with an advisor frequently. Our advisors are experts on student success, and they can help you plan a strategy for steady progress toward completing your program. Advisors can also help you identify your strengths and define your career goals with our computer-assisted career guidance program and academic maps for the various programs we offer.
If you are enrolled in our Associate in Arts degree program, take advantage of TCC’s smaller classes, rigorous coursework, and free and accessible academic support resources to make sure you are well-prepared to continue your education at a four-year university.
If you haven’t already, take a look at the many career-focused degree and certificate programs we offer in a wide range of in-demand occupations. If you would like to get a great start on a career in healthcare, technology, public safety or a host of other areas, check out the complete list of these programs provided under “Programs of Study” in this catalog.
And once you have committed to a plan for your education, monitor your own progress toward completing that plan. Hold high expectations for yourself. We will be here to help you all along the way.
I wish you much success this school year.
District Board of Trustees
The District Board of Trustees is the policymaking body for Tallahassee Community College. Trustees are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Florida Senate.
||Frank Messersmith, Chair - Mr. Messersmith was appointed to the board by Governor Jeb Bush in 1999; he was reappointed by Governor Charlie Crist in 2007 and by Governor Rick Scott in 2015. A former legislator and member of the Florida Public Service Commission, Messersmith is currently a consultant specializing in legislative and regulatory matters. He represents Wakulla County.
||Donna G. Callaway, Vice-chair - Ms. Callaway, appointed by Governor Rick Scott in February 2012, also served on the board from 1999 to 2004. She was first appointed in 1999 and reappointed in 2002, both times by Governor Jeb Bush. Her prior service included a term as board chair in 2003-04. Callaway was the principal of Tallahassee’s Raa Middle School from 1994 to 2004 and from 2008 to 2013. An educator since 1961, she has served as a classroom teacher, media specialist and assistant principal. She also served four years (2004-08) on the Florida State Board of Education. Callaway represents Leon County.
Jonathan Kilpatrick - Mr. Kilpatrick was appointed to the board in 2014 by Governor Rick Scott. He is a technology manager for the City of Tallahassee Underground Utilities and a commissioned officer in the Florida Air National Guard, serving as a captain for cyber systems. Kilpatrick represents Wakulla County.
Eugene Lamb, Jr. - Mr. Lamb was appointed to the board in 2007 by Governor Charlie Crist. He was a teacher in the Leon County school district for 30 years. Also active in neighboring Gadsden County, Lamb has served on the Gadsden County Commission since 2004. Lamb represents Gadsden County.
Karen B. Moore - Ms. Moore was appointed to the board in 2007 by Governor Charlie Crist and reappointed in 2012 by Governor Rick Scott. She is the president of Moore Consulting Group, a public relations and advertising firm. Moore previously served as president of the TCC Foundation Board, chairing the College’s first capital campaign, which secured $10 million. She has also chaired the Economic Development Council of Tallahassee/Leon County. Moore represents Leon County.
Randolph Pople - Mr. Pople was appointed to the board in 2014 by Governor Rick Scott. He is the chief operating officer of Pople Financial Consulting and was the president of Capital City Trust Company for more than 20 years. Pople previously served as president of the Tallahassee Regional Estate Planning Council and of the trust division for the Florida Bankers Association. He represents Gadsden County.
|Kevin Vaughn - Mr. Vaughn was appointed to the board in 2014 by Governor Rick Scott. He is the president of Rogers, Gunter, Vaughn Insurance, with offices in Tallahassee and Crawfordville. Vaughn is president of the Wakulla County Chamber of Commerce and previously served as chair of the Wakulla Economic Development Council. He has also served on the boards of the TCC Foundation and the Independent Insurance Agents of Tallahassee. Vaughn represents Leon County.
The mission of the College is to provide a learning environment that prepares students for success in a global economy by offering higher education pathways, workforce opportunities and civic engagement experiences.
To be recognized as the college of choice.
- Student Access. Provide accessible programs, services and experiences that increase the opportunity for students to define and reach their educational and career goals.
- Student Success. Deliver quality academic programs and learning support services with the appropriate environment and resources for learning.
- Demand-driven Programs. Align programs to meet academic and workforce needs.
- Technology. Provide appropriate technology and services to facilitate teaching and learning as well as institutional effectiveness and efficiency.
- Enrollment. Develop and implement a strategic enrollment management process designed to increase student and institutional success.
- Communications/Marketing. Develop and implement an institution-wide and data-driven strategic communications/marketing plan.
- Talent. Hire, develop and retain the best talent for the present and future needs and diversity of the College.
- Stewardship. Provide effective stewardship to enhance new and existing revenues and resources that promote growth and increase cost effectiveness.
- Partnerships. Cultivate relationships with community, state and national partners that strengthen our region’s cultural enrichment efforts and economic/workforce competitiveness.
History of the College
Tallahassee Community College opened in 1966 to serve the post-high school educational needs of students from a district comprised of Gadsden, Leon and Wakulla counties. Although most students still come from this district, the College enrolls students from throughout Florida, from most states and many foreign countries. TCC has grown from an enrollment of 698 students in Fall 1966 to nearly 14,000 students in 2014.
An article published on September 13, 1966, in The Tampa Tribune, proclaimed, “New Tallahassee JC a success before it opens.” A few days later, at Godby High School and across town at Rickards High School, Tallahassee Junior College welcomed nearly 700 students its first year. Three new buildings were ready for occupancy on Appleyard Drive in time for the second year of operation. In 1968, the Legislature established the District Board of Trustees as the governing authority for the College; Tallahassee businessman Earl Lambert served three terms as the first board chairman. Tallahassee Junior College became Tallahassee Community College (TCC) in 1970 and one- and two-year occupational programs, including nursing, were added to the curriculum. The 1,000th person graduated. Dental hygiene was added and College enrollment approached 3,000.
During the second decade, enrollment steadily grew to more than 5,000. President Fred W. Turner retired and Dr. Marm M. Harris was named TCC’s second president. An artist series began to attract community leaders to the campus, enhancing the town/gown relationship. The TCC Foundation was established and the Lifetime Sports Complex opened. In 1983, Dr. James H. Hinson Jr. became TCC’s third president and led the College through a period of enrollment growth and legislative appropriations. Also in 1983, TCC students won the Math Olympics state title, beginning a tradition of student success in academic competition. A study reported TCC had a $47.2 million positive economic impact in the community.
As the fastest growing community college in Florida, TCC saw its enrollment jump by nearly 1,000 students in the first term of the third decade. By the end of the decade, enrollment had doubled. In 1988, TCC was first among Florida community colleges in the proportion of faculty members holding a Ph.D. “Eyrie,” the student literary magazine, was named best in the nation, and the student newspaper won state, regional and national accolades. An athletic program was re-established with a strong base in academics. A new library and administration building were added. The campus grew from 54 acres to more than 140. President Hinson led the College through a decade that also saw extensive renovation and campus infrastructure upgrades. TCC’s softball team won the National Junior College Athletic Association slow pitch championship in 1994.
With its fourth president, Dr. T.K. Wetherell, at the helm, numerous new career programs were added in the fourth decade, and cooperation with universities was enhanced. In 2000, TCC formed its first university partnership with Flagler College and has since partnered with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (2001), Barry University (2003), Saint Leo University (2006) and Thomas University (2010). As a result, students can pursue bachelor’s and graduate degrees without leaving TCC’s campus.
The College’s infrastructure continued to grow by leaps and bounds. In the mid-1990s, a new Student Union was constructed, as was the Technology and Professional Programs building, while a renovated facility became the Academic Computing Center. After the turn of the century, TCC opened the History and Social Sciences building (named for President Wetherell), the Computer Technology building and the Center for Workforce Development.
The TCC Alumni Association and Eagle Athletics Hall of Fame were established. The Challenge Scholarship Program and many other scholarships were established. Florida Governor Jeb Bush was the 2000 commencement speaker. The Brain Bowl team won its first state title. TCC acquired the Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy (PTLEA).
Dr. Bill Law became TCC’s fifth President in 2002 and began launching new initiatives that resulted in greater community involvement for TCC.
TCC celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2006, highlighted by a series of community and alumni events, including the TCC Alumni Hall of Fame ceremony, Community Day at TCC and the 40th Anniversary Gala. That same year, TCC successfully completed its first capital campaign. The $10 million campaign included the largest private donation in the College’s history, a $2 million gift from Tallahassee’s Ghazvini family. Under President Bill Law’s leadership, TCC expanded its healthcare programs and placed a major emphasis on workforce development. Innovative teaching methods began to draw national recognition for faculty.
The William D. Law, Jr. Learning Commons opened in 2008, bringing all of the College’s academic support facilities together beneath one roof. In 2009, the TCC District Board of Trustees approved creation of the Florida Public Safety Institute (FPSI) to be the umbrella entity for the Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy and several other training academies housed on the site in Gadsden County. A new FPSI conference center opened in 2009. That same year, TCC broke ground on the Ghazvini Center for Healthcare Education. Reflecting its active commitment to student success, the College implemented electronic learning plans that allow students to monitor their progress toward their academic and career goals. The Advanced Manufacturing Training Center (AMTC), funded through a Department of Defense grant, opened on the main campus in August of 2010. The AMTC offers customized, high-quality manufacturing training in a state-of-the-art facility.
The presidency of Dr. Jim Murdaugh was launched on November 15, 2010. Murdaugh began his tenure as the College was increasing its focus on healthcare training programs and other workforce initiatives, while continuing to enhance the academic and support services provided to students in the university transfer program. In the fall of 2011, TCC’s Ghazvini Center for Healthcare Education opened near Tallahassee’s two major hospitals. In 2012, the TCC Wakulla Center moved to a larger facility in Crawfordville, and the College broke ground on the Wakulla Environmental Institute in 2013. Also in 2013, TCC opened a new veterans success center in the Computer Technology building. The College broke ground on a new TCC Gadsden Center in late 2014 and spearheaded development of the Institute for Nonprofit Innovation and Excellence based in the TCC Capitol Center the same year. The Golden Guarantee programs that offer guaranteed transfer to Florida State University, Florida A & M University, and the University of West Florida were also launched in 2014.
TCC welcomes recent high school graduates and adults who wish to start or continue a college education. In addition, the College welcomes individuals who want to take courses for their enrichment or enjoyment. The policy of TCC’s District Board of Trustees is that no person shall, on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, genetic information, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability or age, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination or harassment under any educational program or activity, or in any employment conditions or practices of the College.
Many TCC students are working toward the Associate in Arts degree for transfer to a four-year college or university. Many others seek one-year certificates or two-year degrees in career areas. TCC also provides noncredit courses and workforce development, professional development and adult education programs designed to enhance the skills needed to maintain current employment or to re-train for a new occupation.
The faculty at TCC is best described as a teaching faculty. Faculty members devote most of their time to teaching, working with students individually and helping them make the adjustment to college. Instructors impart knowledge to stimulate critical thinking, develop skills, and broaden and enrich student interest. Their major efforts are directed toward helping students master subject matter and reach their potential.
TCC uses a variety of educational delivery methods. Courses may be taught in the traditional campus classroom setting, online or at off-campus sites. The College also offers a full schedule of evening courses, making it more convenient for nontraditional students to pursue their academic and career goals.
The College is committed to making all its programs, services and facilities accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities in order for students to successfully transition to college and obtain maximum benefit from the educational experience.
Tallahassee Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Tallahassee Community College.
Normal inquiries about the institution, such as admission requirements, financial aid, educational programs, etc., should be addressed directly to Tallahassee Community College and not to the Commission’s office. The Commission is to be contacted only if there is evidence that appears to support an institution’s significant noncompliance with a requirement or standard.
Several healthcare programs are examined and accredited by specialized accrediting associations:
- Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting: American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation
- Nursing: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, formerly the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
- Paramedic: Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions
- Respiratory Care: Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
The TCC Foundation is the private fundraising arm of the College. A not-for-profit corporation created under Florida law, it is governed by a board of directors made up of community leaders. The Foundation is dedicated to supporting the needs of the College not met by state funding. Its mission is to encourage and receive private gifts and contributions and to account for, manage and help invest monies and assets given to enhance the College’s educational offerings. The Foundation’s investment program seeks to maximize return on investments with minimal risk.
The Foundation provides essential support that allows campus life to flourish. This includes the development of scholarships for students; procurement of needed facilities and special equipment; assistance for faculty and staff; and support for student activities, the Alumni & Friends Association, the Eagle Boosters, and the Association of Retired Faculty and Staff.
Alumni & Friends Association
The TCC Alumni & Friends Association is a vital partner and significant resource in the success of Tallahassee Community College through the engagement of alumni and friends in a lifelong relationship with TCC that includes fellowship, programs and services that strengthen the College community. Membership is free and is open to friends of the College as well as former and current students of TCC.
Division of Workforce Development
TCC’s Division of Workforce Development offers customized courses and services to enhance employees’ careers, programs to improve business effectiveness and support for returning adult learners. Targeted workforce training is offered in fields such as business, information technology, manufacturing, construction and trades. To refine professional skills needed for in-demand jobs at local businesses, training is offered in areas such as leadership, teamwork and supervision. Workforce Development adapts to the evolving needs of the community, customizes offerings based on solid research and produces programs that positively impact north Florida’s economy.
The Division of Workforce Development offers programs at the main campus and at other TCC locations. The division also offers events and business suite leasing at the downtown Capitol Center and Corporate Solutions services to support local organizations in achieving optimal performance. For information about courses, programs and facilities, call (850) 201-8760 or visit tcc.fl.edu/workforce.
Adult Education (GED and ESOL)
The TCC Adult Education Program delivers General Educational Development test preparation and online testing, English language instruction, and career counseling to facilitate transition into postsecondary education, technical programs and the workforce. The College offers courses in Adult Basic Education, GED preparation, and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) at the TCC campus, various community locations and online. The Career Pathways initiative is a component of all adult education courses that connects adult education programs to the world of work and to postsecondary education. The innovative and challenging Adult Education Program promotes personal growth by encompassing the core values of compassion, acceptance, responsibility and encouragement. TCC students who pass the GED test are able to participate in TCC’s Adult Education commencement ceremony held each spring.
Construction and Skilled Trades
TCC offers entry-level construction and craft trades programs including Welding, Masonry Apprenticeship and OSHA Safety. The College uses the National Center for Construction Education and Research curriculum as the foundation of its programs in order to award industry-recognized training certifications. Additionally, as an affiliated training partner with the University of South Florida - OSHA Training Institute, TCC is an authorized provider of the OSHA 1926 Safety course.
TCC is proud to be a leader in preparing students for careers in emerging industries. TCC’s online green courses can accommodate a variety of learning needs, from construction professionals responding to the expanding market for renewable energy to those just entering the field.
TCC’s Information Technology noncredit programs provide opportunities for individuals to enhance their workforce and technological skills. Individuals may choose the learning track most appropriate for their needs: short-term workshops, traditional classes to enhance workplace skills, contract classes to meet specific organizational needs or certification preparation offerings to achieve industry-recognized certifications.
- Microsoft Word and Excel
- Adobe Photoshop and Dreamweaver
Manufacturing and Industrial Technology
The Advanced Manufacturing Training Center provides manufacturing and industrial technology skills training. Hands-on training programs give students the competitive edge they need to succeed in today’s job market. Courses include computer numerical controlled (CNC) machining, blueprint reading, gauging, safety awareness, quality control, equipment maintenance and production processes. The AMTC also houses training systems for hydraulics, pneumatics, motor controls and mechanical drive systems, all of which are critical to support industrial production and equipment maintenance. TCC is a Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) assessment center and offers training that prepares students to sit for the industry-recognized Certified Production Technician examination. Students and manufacturers benefit from the highest quality training and have access to manufacturing development services in a facility uniquely designed to meet their needs.
TCC’s Professional Development program meets the strategic and management needs of business professionals. Programs are taught by top industry practitioners. Courses may be taken individually to sharpen working knowledge or as part of a comprehensive certificate program.
Topics include intergenerational communication, frontline supervision, project management, customer service and professional writing skills. Individuals are awarded continuing education units (CEUs) or professional development units (PDUs) to maintain certification or licenses.
TCC formed its first university partnership with Flagler College in Fall 2000 and now partners with Barry University (2003), Saint Leo University (2006) and Thomas University (2010). TCC graduates and others can pursue bachelor’s and graduate degrees on TCC’s campus through the programs of its five University Partners. Degree programs are offered in a wide variety of disciplines. The administrative offices of TCC’s University Partners are located in TCC’s University Center, and classes are held on the TCC campus.
Students enrolled in courses with University Partners have access to many of the services available to TCC students. Contact TCC’s University Partners for information.
Saint Leo University
(229) 226-1621, Ext. 1123
Campus, Service Centers, Maps/Locations
TCC has one of the most beautiful community college campuses in the nation. Most buildings are constructed in classic brick, which creates a traditional collegiate appearance while projecting a sleek, modern design.
The College’s beauty does not stop at the front door. Interiors are attractive, functional and user-friendly. The campus offers wireless technology and cutting-edge instructional technologies.
Facilities located off the main campus, including the Ghazvini Center for Healthcare Education, the Florida Public Safety Institute and the three service centers, also provide an inviting learning environment for both students and community members. The College’s commitment to the Big Bend region is reflected in its off-campus service centers located throughout the tri-county service district: TCC Capitol Center, The Quincy House and The Wakulla Center.
Florida Public Safety Institute
College Drive • Havana, Florida 32333 • (850) 201-7000 • fpsi.tcc.fl.edu
The Florida Public Safety Institute is located in Gadsden County, 14 miles west of the main campus. The Institute, which sits on approximately 1,500 acres, is a unique, world-class learning environment that provides training in realistic contexts conducted by experts from all areas of criminal justice.
The Institute includes the Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy, which offers basic recruit courses in law enforcement, corrections and correctional probation. The Academy serves 65 state, regional, county and municipal agencies representing more than 4,000 officers. In addition, PTLEA hosts training for a number of federal agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, U. S. Secret Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and National Guard. The Florida Public Safety Institute also provides training in telecommunications, private security and law enforcement intelligence.
The Institute partners with the Tallahassee Fire Department to operate the Tallahassee Fire Academy, which provides state-approved training to those seeking employment as a firefighter in Florida. The Institute also provides a 330-bed dormitory and a full-service cafeteria that seats more than 500 people.
The Florida Public Safety Institute is expanding its continuing education efforts by attracting more officers to FPSI’s campus for training, exporting training to other areas of the state and nation, and using distance learning to reach new audiences.
Ghazvini Center for Healthcare Education
1528 Surgeons Drive • Tallahassee, Florida 32308 • (850) 558-4500
The Ghazvini Center for Healthcare Education is located in Tallahassee’s healthcare corridor, near two hospitals and other healthcare providers. The Ghazvini Center is the home of TCC’s emergency medical services technology, nursing, paramedic, radiologic technology, respiratory care, surgical technology, pharmacy technician, central sterile processing technology, endoscopy technician and nursing assistant programs. (Dental hygiene and dental assisting programs are offered on the main campus.) The Ghazvini Center offers cutting-edge technology and houses classrooms, conference rooms, a library/learning commons, laboratories, a simulation center and the administrative offices of the Division of Healthcare Professions.
216 North Adams Street • Quincy, Florida 32351 • (850) 558-3620
The Quincy House plays a significant role in community development, with a keen commitment to serving the children, adults and senior citizens of Gadsden County. After-school and summer programs supplement classroom learning and encourage students to complete high school and attend college. Adult learners have access to noncredit course offerings, adult education programs, community workshops, computer training and career counseling. The Quincy House also serves Gadsden-based TCC distance-learning students as a proctored testing center and as a site for administration of the Florida Postsecondary Education Readiness Test, thereby increasing access to college for local residents. Event space is also available for public use.
TCC Capitol Center
300 West Pensacola Street • Tallahassee, Florida 32301 • (850) 201-8762
The TCC Capitol Center offers something unmatched by any other meeting or classroom facility in Tallahassee–a location directly across the street from Florida’s state capitol. TCC Capitol Center spaces are well-equipped and designed with enough flexibility to host a variety of events. Business suites, meeting rooms, exhibit space and classrooms are sure to meet the needs of any organization. Numerous professional development courses are also offered. The Capitol Center is also home to the Institute for Nonprofit Innovation and Excellence.
2932 Crawfordville Highway • Crawfordville, Florida 32327 • (850) 922-6290
The TCC Wakulla Center offers programs, classes, continuing education courses and events to help community members increase their workforce marketability, job performance and job satisfaction. The Wakulla Center also offers classes for personal enrichment and enjoyment, along with a limited number of college-credit courses. The Center is home to the Green Guide Certification Program and other ecotourism and environmental programs.