Okaloosa-Walton Community College is committed to quality educational programs
and services which provide the opportunities for students to achieve their
goals and which satisfy community needs. To this end, the college seeks to help
improve the quality of life by offering excellence in academic, occupational,
cultural, economic, and personal development programs and services.
- To provide a college environment that promotes equity and access to
college programs for all citizens.
- To provide student and community services and activities that
enhance the quality of educational life.
- To provide freshman and sophomore courses leading to baccalaureate
- To provide associate degrees and occupational programs that prepare
students for careers in the public and private sectors.
- To provide leadership and support for the economic development of
Okaloosa and Walton counties.
- To provide college preparatory instruction in basic skills,
literacy programs, adult secondary education, and vocational preparatory
- To provide social and cultural opportunities in Okaloosa and Walton
- To provide a variety of continuing education opportunities.
- To provide leadership in the application and use of technology.
Located in the coastal heart of Northwest Florida, Okaloosa-Walton Community
College has earned a reputation for educational excellence and community
involvement. As one of Florida's network of 28 public community colleges, OWCC
offers post-secondary education opportunities within reach of every Okaloosa
and Walton County citizen. The college's two-county service district stretches
from the Gulf of Mexico to the Alabama state line and encompasses a population
in excess of 190,000 permanent residents.
In addition to a 264 acre campus in Niceville, OWCC operates a joint campus
with the University of West Florida in Fort Walton Beach, the Chautauqua Center
in DeFuniak Springs, the Robert L.F. Sikes Education Center in Crestview and
full-time centers at Eglin Air Force Base and Hurlburt Field.
When its doors first opened in August of 1964 in a temporary campus of vacant
buildings in Valparaiso, OWCC had a faculty of ten instructors, three support
personnel and five administrators for the 309 full-time and 458 part-time
students on hand. Now, more than thirty years later, approximately 75 full-time
and 200 part-time instructors, as well as 275 support staff and 12
administrators (including 4 instructional department administrators) serve more
than 16,000 students annually at the college's six campuses and centers. Since
its inception, more than 200,000 persons have been served by Okaloosa-Walton
Originally named Okaloosa-Walton Junior College, the college remained at the
temporary Valparaiso campus until December 1968 when the college moved to the
permanent Niceville campus. Located between State Roads 85 and 285, the 264
beautifully wooded acres of the Niceville campus were transferred to the
college from the Eglin Air Force Reservation by an act of Congress in January
1966. OWJC changed its name to Okaloosa-Walton Community College in 1988 in
order to more accurately reflect the college's scope and mission in the local
A unique "2+2" program was established with the University of West Florida in
1982, and an act of Congress designated a permanent site for the OWCC/UWF Fort
Walton Beach campus in 1989. The 156 acre Fort Walton Beach campus now boasts a
fully combined program from the freshman year through graduate school and
annually serves a combined enrollment of approximately 7,500 students.
Throughout the college's history, OWCC has earned a consistent record of
educational excellence. The college received a citation from the U.S. President
in 1972. In 1984, OWCC received the coveted "Secretary's Award" from the U.S.
Secretary of Education for its Drafting and Design Technology program, and in
1989, the Electronics Engineering Technology Program was designated a "Center
of Electronics Excellence" by the Florida Department of Education.
The median grade point average for OWCC students who transfer to the state
university system consistently ranks within the top five in the state. OWCC
instructors are consistently selected as state finalists for the "Professor of
the Year" Award of Excellence. The college debate team won state and national
championships in 1993, 1994 and 1995 and the OWCC Musical Theater has ranked
first in the state for the past ten years.
In addition to a record of regional and national accolades, OWCC offers
state-of-the-art student computer labs, a top-rated sports complex and a full
program of intercollegiate and intramural sports, a child development center,
and a Criminal Justice Training Center. A new 120,000 square foot fine and
performing arts center on the Niceville campus provides students the finest in
instructional facilities for dance, music, theater, the visual arts and the