Beacon Community Mourns Former Student Killed in Military Service

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Beacon College mourns the death of a paratrooper and former student who was killed last month in a combat-related incident in southern Afghanistan. Nance attended the Cove School. The K-12 school in Northbrook, IL serves students with complex learning disabilities. Later, he briefly attended Beacon College for the 2015 spring and fall semesters.

Beacon College Earns Top Honors from Prestigious College Service

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A leading national educational services company moved Beacon College to the head of the class of its new ranking of the best higher education institutions in the United States for collegians with learning disabilities. In its report released last week, Peterson’s, a top academic publisher and post-secondary resource, ranked the college No. 1 on its […]

Beacon College Rates in Top 3 in Two New National Rankings

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Beacon College continued its streak of landing in the top-tier of U.S. colleges and universities for educating students with disabilities as two higher-Ed evaluating services ranked Beacon No. 1 and No. 3 respectively in new polls judging schools with disability programs. Two years ago, Best Value Schools graded Beacon tops in its “20 Best Value Colleges for Students with Learning Disabilities 2017-2018” ranking. In its 2019 follow-up, Best Value Schools again judged Beacon College No. 1.

Hagerty Offers Gator Grads Parting Advice at UF Ceremony

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Beacon College President George J. Hagerty challenged graduates of the University of Florida’s College of Public Health and Health Professions to pursue a life and career through which “your reality will be more magnificent than your dreams” during the school’s spring 2019 Graduation Recognition Ceremony.

Beacon College Commencement Salutes Record Class, Social Justice Advocates

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Beacon College Class of 2019

Beacon College capped a year that began with record enrollment by celebrating the school’s largest graduating class May 4, 2019 at Lake Receptions in Mount Dora, Fla. during its 30th Commencement. The Class of 2019 boasted a long list of high-achievers. That included Sean Patrick Keenan (3.98 grade point average), Kaitlin Rose Jackson (3.96 GPA), Serena Ray Partlow (3.98 GPA), and Alejandro Javier Montes (3.94 GPA) who posted the highest grade point averages in their respective departments.

Beacon Professor Schools Peers on Intersection of LD/Science

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Dr. Brian W. Ogle presented several workshops and a poster on teaching science to students with learning disabilities and on alternatives to dissection at the National Conference on Science Education. Ogle, an assistant professor of anthrozoology and chair of humanities and general education at Beacon College in Leesburg, Fla., joined more than 12,000 educators from around the United States at the event, hosted by the National Science Teachers Association, to explore issues and best practices related to science education.

Beacon Becomes a Founding Member in Global Higher Ed Disability Compact

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Beacon College, the first accredited baccalaureate school to educate primarily students who learn differently, this month was party to a historic global accord signed in France by more than 100 disability advocates and university educators to charter an organization dedicated to enhancing the scholastic experience of students with disabilities who pursue higher education. The Global University Disability & Inclusion Network was born as a result of recent discussions among international college and university representatives regarding employment for people with disabilities.

Beacon College to Confer Honorary Degrees on Two Social Justice Advocates

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Beacon College will confer honorary doctorates on a national disability advocate and a crusading desegregationist at its 30th Commencement Exercises Saturday, May 4 for their efforts to boost inclusion for individuals with physical and mental handicaps and promote equality for minorities handicapped by the legacy of Jim Crow. The candidates to receive the Doctor of Humane Letters are James T. Brett and Dr. Charles Vert Willie.

Q& A with First Career Community Client Majas Petras

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For a first-time teacher, teaching kids barely out of Pampers can be a lot like herding cats — only with fewer hairballs. Maja Petras found herself in the role of cat-herder, er, primary school teacher earlier this month. Petras, made a pre-kindergarten class at the Villages Elementary School her proving ground for auditioning her solo […]

Beacon Staffer Hopes Donated Bike Colors Exercise into Campus Life

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When it comes to getting around, there’s riding … and then there’s riding in style. Heather Wohlfeil figured the Beacon community would prefer the latter. Enter the “Beacon Bike.” The funkiest set of wheels this side of the Partridge Family’s magic mushroom school bus is a “functional art bike” that Wohlfeil, a learning specialist at the Leesburg, Fla. college, donated to the athletic department on behalf of her late aunt, Carol “AC” Holcombe.