New Agreement with UWF Allows Graduate Credit for NWF State College


The governing board of trustees of Northwest Florida State College has approved an agreement with the University of West Florida to allow students in the Project Management bachelor's program at NWF State to receive up to three (3) hours of graduate credit from UWF for their undergraduate work if they pursue the UWF Master of Science in Administration degree program. The board met in regular session November 18 in Niceville.

"This is a unique partnership in Florida and will provide our graduates a head start toward a Master's degree," said Dr. Jill White, NWF State College vice president of instruction. White noted that 164 students have graduated with the Bachelor of Applied Science degree since the program became the college's first bachelor's offering in 2004 and that more than 600 are currently admitted to the program.

"Any of the students who are in or graduate from our bachelor's degree with a major emphasis in Acquisitions will be able to benefit from this new agreement," White said. She explained that the college's Bachelor's of Applied Science degree in Project Management includes five areas of specialization, including acquisitions, public service management, human resources, project management and quality improvement. Graduates in any specialty may progress to graduate work at UWF, but only those who specialize in the acquisitions track may receive the graduate credits for work completed as an undergraduate under the new agreement.

In other action, NWF State College trustees approved the schematic design of a multi-purpose training facility located at the Destin Airport. The 27,000 square foot facility will be constructed with precast concrete walls up to 9 inches thick and will be hardened to withstand 190 mph wind loads to accommodate emergency operations staging and provide space for emergency vehicles to be housed within the facility as needed; however it will not be utilized as a public hurricane shelter. The facility will also serve as a training site for college programs in emergency operations such as EMT and Paramedic and houses seven classrooms and instructional spaces. Trustees anticipate receiving detailed construction documents at their January 2009 meeting and awarding a construction contract, following a bid process at their March 2009 meeting. The project is currently estimated at $5.2 million for construction costs.

Trustees also approved the addition of $570,000 to the construction contract for the Community Service Complex on the Niceville campus to add construction of an additional 235 space parking lot and roadwork in the north portion of the Niceville campus. College architect David Alsop of Sam Marshall Architects in Pensacola, noted that utilizing the current contractor on site to perform the additional work would be more economical for the college. The new section of the loop road around the Niceville campus is slated for completion by the end of January 2009.

The board also approved:

- An agreement establishing a Workforce Connection Scholarship Endowment through the gift of $15,000 from Workforce Connection. College foundation executive director Jim Chitwood noted that the agreement is the 286th endowed scholarship approved by the trustees during Chitwoods 20-year term of service with the college;

- The appointment of officers for the 2009 -2011 term of leadership for the NWF State College Foundation, to include Gloria Frazier, President; Wayne Campbell, vice-president; Wayne Bodie, Secretary; Don Howard, Treasurer and Lori Kelley, immediate past president. The board also approved the designation of Emeritus Director to Allyn C. Donaldson, Jr. of Santa Rosa Beach in recognition of his distinguished 18 years of service on the board;

- Retirement resolutions honoring the service of Faye Crawford of Laurel Hill, who is retiring as the administrative assistant to college vice president Dr. David Goetsch, following 24 years of service to the college; Pamela Gotcher of Niceville as Instructional Service Specialist in the office of the senior vice president Dr. Jill White, following 10 years of service to the college; and Linda Whitenton of Baker, who is retiring as Director of Nursing and Associate Dean of Health Technology at the college following more than eight years of service, including the establishment of the colleges nursing programs . The next meeting of the colleges Board of Trustees will be January 27, 2009 at 6:30 pm in the College Mall, Bldg, K on the Niceville campus. Board meeting are open to the public.

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