As Beacon College prepares to launch Jump Start, its new program of online courses for neurodiverse students beginning college at home, Alexander Morris-Wood is not unlike an expectant parent. As the director of transition services and outreach at Beacon, Morris-Wood oversees Jump Start. It’s his baby.
George Hagerty was completing his freshman year at Stonehill College in Massachusetts when he was declared legally blind because of a rare eye disease. The news opened a world of possibility. Hagerty has brought that same passion as Beacon College’s president. Hagerty, 67, is among 12 individuals and businesses honored with the Orlando Business Journal’s 2020 Diversity in Business Awards. A virtual ceremony is planned for Oct. 8.
lexander Morris-Wood has been named a “Top 100 Leaders in Education” by the Global Forum for Education and Learning. Morris-Wood was recognized through a nomination-based award process in which GFEL judged contending programs based on five broad areas: overall reach; industry impact; spirit of innovation; future readiness; and market demand.
U.S. News & World Report for the first time has recognized Beacon College in the top tier of Southern colleges and universities in its 2021 U.S. News “Best Colleges” regional rankings. In its annual rankings, released Monday, the magazine rated the Leesburg, Fla. liberal arts school No. 31 among the 121 schools ranked in its Best Regional Colleges South category.
For many, college provides a reliable springboard to success. Still, success, as tennis legend Arthur Ashe observed, is “a journey, not a destination.” For first-year Beacon College students, that journey begins in Fogg Hall. In January 2019, Beacon College officials dedicated Fogg Hall, the nonprofit liberal arts school’s academic hub, during a ceremony saluting the […]
As the Beacon College Class of 2024 sat in the physically-distanced audience under the big-top near Beacon Hall, former National Hockey Leaguer Brent Sopel quickly skated past faculty on the dais distinguishably garbed in their academic robes and took the podium. “I’m just a hockey player … with a learning disorder. Guest what? I just like you guys,” he said, pointing out at the sea of about 150 faces gathered August 17 for the college’s Convocation.
“A World of Difference,” the Beacon College-produced television program that celebrates and supports the journey of neurodiversity from kindergarten to college, debuted August 2 on local television and in social media. The premiere focused on providing actionable strategies to limit learning losses that students with learning and attention issues potentially faced emerging from the COVID cocoon and returning to in-person learning.
Fall semesters in Central Florida bring great weather and can occasionally bring impactful weather. As we normally do, our Critical Response Team is monitoring the development and the path of Tropical Storm Laura. The latest information from the National Weather Service (NWS) emergency management personnel indicate the storm is proceeding on a northwesterly path, slated to pass off the west coast of Florida. We will continue to monitor this situation to determine any impact on our region and will provide any updates should circumstances change or developments arise.
Alexander Morris-Wood engages with Summer for Success students. For three weeks each summer, the Beacon College campus buzzes with energy, excitement, and youthful sounds as high schoolers who learn differently participating in the college’s Summer for Success program discover what it takes to be a successful collegian in and out of the classroom. Students in […]
Several Beacon College faculty members and administrators participated last month in the Postsecondary Day strand of the National Science Teacher’s Association’s STEM 20 virtual event. The Postsecondary Day strand on July 30, featured sessions, panels, and presentations focused on the latest developments and insights on enhancing STEM education.