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

| Beacon News, Featured
Center for Student Success

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.” The website rates universities, colleges, and degree programs for the best return on investment.

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

| Arts, Beacon News
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 — […]

Homecoming: Alumni Reunion Recap

| Alumni News

Like an eager mother at Thanksgiving, Beacon College welcomed back to the academic nest many familiar faces during the Third Annual Alumni Reunion weekend. The festivities kicked off March 31 at Via Port Florida where alumni bowled, tested their arcade skills and played catch-up with old classmates. On campus Saturday, campus officials, led by Chelsea […]

Beacon College to Partner with UAE’s Sharjah Center on Educational Programming

| Beacon News, Featured

LEESBURG, FL — Continuing its dedication to support students globally with learning disabilities, Beacon College has begun the formal process of collaborating with a prominent center in the United Arab Emirates.   On March 15, Beacon College President George J. Hagerty and Her Excellency Sheikha Jameela Bint Mohammed Al-Qasimi, vice president of the Supreme Council […]

Beacon Students Channel Service above Self with Launch of Rotaract Club

| Beacon News
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 […]


Beacon Anthropologist Presents the Amazing Genius of Yapese Navigators and Canoe Builders at the Daytona Museum of Arts and Sciences

LEESBURG, FL — Americans who count the seconds until payday know what it means to be “stone broke.” However, the expression takes on literal meaning on the island of Yap, where huge doughnut shaped stones are still in use as traditional currency in the realm. Beacon College anthropologist Dr. Stefan Michael Krause will explore the […]

ICUF Fellowship Gives Beacon Pair Peek behind the Florida Legislative Curtain

Two sophomores will represent Beacon College in the 2016-17 academic year as legislative advocates for the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida (ICUF). Sarah Willingham and Joshua Waldrop, who both are pursuing Bachelor of Science degrees in anthrozoology, will serve as ICUF Presidential Fellows. “Sarah Willingham is a creative, sweet, and kind student who is […]

Internship at the “Happiest Place on Earth” Becomes Dream Come True for Beacon College Hospitality Major

Graham Ling isn’t a Super Bowl MVP riding the roaring current of a celebratory grape Gatorade-cooler shower into the sunset. Football glory or not, the Beacon College senior still can utter the famous catchphrase: “I’m going to Disney World.” A memorable catch didn’t clinch his trip to Disney, but rather his application that caught the […]