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New National Ranking Names Florida’s Beacon College No. 1 Value for College Students with Learning Disabilities

Beacon College offers the best program and best value among schools with programs for students with learning disabilities or other special needs, according to new national ranking. Beacon College was rated No. 1 in’s ranking of the “20 Best Value Colleges for Students with Learning Disabilities 2017-2018.”

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Beacon College Board of Trustees Win Nason Award

The board of trustees at Beacon College is among five winners of the 2017 AGB John W. Nason Award for Board Leadership presented by the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges. AGB recognized the board for its bold and dynamic leadership weathering a difficult recent presidential transition. Led by former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen, a panel of seven presidents and board members chose the trustees at Beacon College from a record pool of nearly 70 candidates.

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Lights. Camera. Action!

Video Students

In the week that the Zombie King, George A. Romero, exited this earthly realm, Matthew Cupach resurrected the horror vibe in his video class.

The course is one of the electives rounding out the rigorous curriculum featured in the Summer for Success program, the three-week summer college-immersion program at Beacon College, the first college or university accredited to award bachelor’s degrees primarily to students who learn differently.


Students Puzzle

Staiger, career instructor at Beacon College, played team whisperer to students in her learning essentials course, among the rigorous courses Beacon College’s summer immersion college experience for high schoolers, Summer for Success, where students receive a taste of a college and some beefy tools for managing learning differences they can use to succeed while still in high school.

“Learning Essentials is important to every student since it gets students, new to college, thinking about how they learn and study best,” Staiger said. “The course helps create, build and solidify vital academic survival skills that are important for one’s success in academia. Students don’t know what they don’t know, and Learning Essentials helps bridge that gap between high school and higher education.”

The Dark (Jenga) Tower

Puzzle Blocks

Like the mythical Atlas, Cameron Frisch suddenly had the weight of the world on her shoulders. At least the weight of possibly choosing the wrong piece to pluck and sending the imposing Jenga tower before her tumbling to the classroom floor. How did the Hermosa Beach, Calif. teenager find herself in this predicament?

Just another day in “Research Skills Needed for College,” one of a raft of courses meant to introduce college skills and rigor to students enrolled in Summer for Success, the three-week summer college-immersion program for high schoolers developed at Beacon College in Leesburg, Fla.

Wild Kingdom!

Girl Meets Pigeon

During “Animal Science,” one of the rigorous college-level courses high schoolers study in the Summer for Success program, Cushing, an instructor in the anthropology program at Beacon College who is teaching the course, was asked to leave the room. The Animal Science class Cushing teaches allows students to explore careers with animals, learn how to care for animals, and sample different types of science used in animal facilities. Today’s lesson: introducing a fundamental of animal training, stationing — conditioning the animal to go to or stay put on a specific spot. Unbeknownst to Cushing, however, Dr. Brian Ogle, Beacon’s lead anthrozoology instructor, intended to use Cushing as a guinea pig in a lesson in animal conditioning. That process, as Encyclopedia Britannica describes, involves “a response [that] becomes more frequent or more predictable in a given environment as a result of reinforcement, with reinforcement typically being a stimulus or reward for a desired response.”

Talia Kohan and Scott Diamond

Talia Kohan and Scott Diamond-Class of 2009

A classic ad pitch assured consumers that “Diamonds are forever.” So sold was she on that pitch that Beacon alumna Talia Kohan (Class of ’09, Human Services) not only put one on her finger, but took the indestructible gem as her last name marrying last month fellow Beacon alum Scott Diamond (Class of ’11, Computer […]

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Beacon College Frees Teens’ Inner Picasso with Second Annual Art Fest

Arts Festival 2017 Hands

LEESBURG, FL — Even as American schools focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), Beacon College is STEAMing ahead with engaging Lake County students in artistic expression and highlighting the college’s budding artists with the school’s Second Annual Beacon College Arts Festival. After a one-year absence, the festival — which debuted in 2015 — […]

Beacon Students Channel Service above Self with Launch of Rotaract Club

Alexndra Lee

For three years, Keri Jo Phillips, Beacon’s director of development, has been a member of the Lake County Golden Triangle club and now serves on its board of directors as youth services director. Chartering a Rotaract club at the first college or university accredited to award bachelor’s degrees primarily to students who learn differently “was a logical expectation and (Beacon President George) Hagerty thought it was a great idea,” Phillips says.

Learning Takes Flight When Birds of a Feather Flock to Beacon Science Fair

Kheyany Webb is no birdbrain. Yet, when Yendise Collie encountered Webb Friday at the Compass Center at Beacon College in Leesburg, she quickly discovered that Collie had birds on the brain. “Some birds are very territorial,” the Beacon freshman explained. Collie, a junior, nodded. “If we don’t take care of them they will vanish.” Another […]

Beacon Students Go Off into the Wild [Jet]Blue Yonder on Airline Training Center Tour

Come fly with me, let’s float down to Peru In llama-land there’s a one-man band And he’ll toot his flute for you Come fly with me, let’s take off in the blue -Frank Sinatra The passengers were buckled up and raring to go. Tray tables upright. Cellphones switched off. Flight attendants prepared for takeoff. So […]

Beacon Student Group Supports U.S. Troops with Holiday Assault on the Grinch

Lined up just inside a community room at The Villages’ Lake Miona Recreation Center Monday, a group of millennials waited while watching seniors busy as Santa’s elves sorting sundries and packing boxes. The group — members of the Beacon College Human Services-Psychology Organization — were raring to go. And no wonder. With only 69 more […]