Beacon Instructor Helps Freshmen Close Book on Reading Struggles

| Beacon News, Faculty
Dr Bonni Boschee

The familiar slogan for the eponymous organization that champions childhood literary declares reading is fundamental. Fundamental, but not always easy. Particularly for the students who learn differently and attend Beacon College in Leesburg, Fla., America’s first accredited college or university to award bachelor’s degrees primarily to students with learning disabilities, ADHD, and other learning differences. […]

Pioneering Beacon College Program Helps Grads Beat Failure to Launch

| Beacon News, Community Outreach, Featured
First Career Community Students

College graduation is at once an exciting time of accomplishment and a nervy realization that it’s time to navigate the world independently as an adult. Not that everyone is ready to launch. Some 20 percent of college graduates with learning differences and attention issues stumble immediately after graduation in making successful transitions to full independence and to rewarding careers. This reality undergirds Beacon College’s pioneering pilot program, the First Career Community.

Visiting Educators Learn the Beacon Way during Two-Day Fly-in Program

| Beacon News

Nearly 100 educational professionals from 24 states descended on Beacon College this week to learn more about the school and its pedagogical strategies during the college’s “Professional 2-Day Fly-in” session. The eclectic mix of high school counselors, high school transition coordinators, educational consultants, psychologists and other professionals support more than 15,000 students with learning disabilities involved in the college search process.

Beacon History Professor Selected for Prestigious Museum Seminar in D.C.

| Beacon News, Faculty, People
Christopher Huff

Beacon College historian Dr. Christopher Huff will return to Washington, DC in January to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum for a faculty seminar exploring how Nazis also targeted the disabled for genocide. “Disability, Eugenics, and Genocide: Nazi Germany, Its Antecedents and Legacy,” the centerpiece of the 2019 Jack and Anita Hess Faculty Seminar, examines the history of persecution of persons with disabilities, according to the museum.

College Honors Couple Who Helped Author Writing Success for Students

| Beacon News, Featured
Weiner Writing Ctr Dedication

The Beacon College community Saturday saluted a pair of benefactors and celebrated their generous legacy — one that each year writes new chapters of success — during the dedication of the Robert & Jane Weiner Writing Center. Staged during the college’s annual Parent’s Weekend, Beacon staffers, students, and members of the Weiner family joined together to reflect on the generosity of the couple whom family members described as “warm, caring, loving and generous” and the tangible results of their gift.

Beacon College Names 2018-19 ICUF Presidential Fellows

| Beacon News, Student News

Beacon College will send two motivated students to Tallahassee next year as part of the statewide ICUF Presidential Fellows program to educate legislators about the school and to lobby them to maintain a critical state-sponsored scholarship for private schools. Maxwell Aaronson and Avital Plotkin will represent Beacon College in the 2018-19 Presidential Fellows class. “We […]

Durand Park Opens with Touching Ceremony

| Beacon News, Top Story
George Hagerty (suit) and Robert Durand

Beacon College officials dedicated the Virginia and Robert Durand Garden in a ceremony Friday at the new downtown pocket park. The 12,000-square-foot park inhabits what was Palmetto Street in downtown Leesburg and is appointed with drake elms, Brodie cedars, Washington palms, Natchez crape myrtles, and various other flora.