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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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Prato Semester Abroad – First Week in Italy

Just one short week ago, we arrived in Prato to begin Beacon’s first semester-long study abroad adventure. Students have completed their first week of classes and have begun to explore the maze-like old city. Some have even ventured on their own into Florence by train. They are gradually eating their way through the various restaurants on our meal plan and are getting to know their favorites. Russ Bellamy has taken his class on a walking trip to identity likely places for the plein air drawing and painting class. Gretchen Dreimiller has helped students launch their blogs for the travel narrative class in the computer lab at the University of Florence Prato campus.

Aaron Colaluca in Prato

Student in Prato

Aaron Colaluca celebrates the banner that the Condominio Lippi — the local business/civic group that is actively trying to preserve and promote the old city neighborhood — hung from Dr. Andea Brode’s apartment windows facing the Hotel Giardino (where Beacon in Tuscany students reside) so that it’s the first thing the students see when they walk out the front door.


First Day in Prato

After our long journey from Florida to Italy (22 hours by bus to New York, eight hours by plane, followed by four hours by bus from Milan to Prato), we are settling into our home for the next three months.

Hurricane Update – September 12, 2017

Dear Beacon Community and Families: This morning, the College focused on assessing damage and preparing our buildings and campus to resume scheduled Wednesday, September 13, classes.  With power now restored to all major buildings and residences, we feel confident that we can resume our daily routines. Intermittent interruptions with the internet and Wi-Fi may persist; […]

Hurricane Update – September 11, 2017 12:20 PM

With the worst of Hurricane Irma behind us, the College has shifted focus to restoring normal operations. As mentioned in an earlier update, electricity remains out in the Woodward Apartments. Repairs are being arranged and contingency plans are in place to support affected students. Off-campus students who left town during Irma and return to power […]

Student News

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 […]